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PlayStation 4 developers can block parts of games from Share button features

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The PlayStation 4’s much-publicized Share button may not work all the time, and it will be up to developers to decide which parts of a game players can share. The news comes from Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida speaking in an interview with the Japanese-language site 4Gamer, translated by Edge and spotted by Polygon.

The Share button on the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller will allow players to share video clips from games directly to social media with a button press, as Sony revealed at its PlayStation Meeting earlier this year. Yoshida told 4Gamer that developers will be able to flip this functionality on and off as it suits them.

“There will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see,” he said. “For example, on Vita, developers can in certain scenes disable the feature that lets users take a screenshot, and (the Share function) will have a similar mechanism. The creator may not want to make video of the final boss sharable, for instance.”

That may be good news for developers who don’t want a game’s secrets so easily publicized, but it may also spell disappointment for gamers eager to share their entire experiences. Yoshida revealed plenty about the origin of the PS4’s share button, Sony’s campaign in the war for the living room, and more in the interview. Check out the Edge translation of the interview for the full scoop.