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  • Developers can block Share Play features on PS4 games

    Activision has disabled the feature on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

    By Kyle Orland

    After reports that the new Share Play feature would work with all PS4 games, Sony has clarified that game developers can restrict the feature, as Activision has done in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

    "Share Play is a system level feature enabled by System Software Update 2.00, making it available for all PS4 titles," a Sony representative said in a statement provided to Ars. "However the option is available to developers to disable the feature according to what they feel will best benefit the consumer experience."

    The new statement contradicts an FAQ published by Gamespot last week, which cited a Sony representative as saying that Share Play would work across all PS4 games, with no option for publishers or developers to block support. However, Sony has always maintained that developers would be able to censor certain "spoiler" scenes during Share Play. It appears that Activision has used this bit of wiggle room to block every single scene in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from being shared.

    Sony said that it does not currently maintain a centralized list of PS4 games that have Share Play disabled, but the company does note the feature's removal on its Advanced Warfare support page. In our impressions of the gameplay-sharing service last week, we noted that new indie release Pix the Cat also threw back an error when attempting Share Play.

    It's hard to know at this point how many developers and publishers will seek to restrict Share Play on their titles going forward. On the one hand, Share Play lets two PS4 owners play a game that's only been purchased by one player, which could be seen as eating into potential sales. On the other hand, playing a game in this manner has its share of annoyances, including a 60-minute time limit on individual sharing sessions. Being able to briefly try out a friend's game over the Internet could be seen as a form of free advertising that may lead to increased "word-of-mouth" sales.

    Since the PS4's launch, developers have been able to block portions of games from being streamed or shared as video clips using the PS4's share button. Sony also initially blocked external gameplay capture devices on the PS4 by implementing HDCP protections, but it later backtracked on that decision.
    The Hackmaster

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    Here's why Activision blocked PS4's Share Play with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

    By PS3Hax

    Activision is so *pissed off* that they blocked PS4′s Share Play for COD:AW. Why?, because they won’t include something that they haven't *fully tested* and so on.

    They blamed 2.00 update for PS4 among several not so gullible excuses. Maybe they can allow PS4 share play later, but..who knows?.

    To quote:

    Since it was discovered that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare blocked Share Play on PS4, publisher Activision has received a ton of flack. Things got even worse when Sony confirmed that Share Play is a feature available to all games, but ultimately enabled or disabled by the developer or publisher as they see fit.

    Before we crucify Activision for not letting us play Advanced Warfare with a buddy through Share Play, it’s only fair we give them a chance to respond. Turns out, there’s a reason for why Share Play is blocked.

    “Share Play is a new feature that was introduced as part of the recent PS4 firmware 2.00 update. Our engineers didn’t have access to it before it launched, so we haven’t had a chance to evaluate it to see how it will impact the experience across all modes of play,” Activision told us.

    “Of course we wouldn’t include a feature in our game without having the chance to test it. Once we’ve fully analyzed its performance, we’ll determine how to support it going forward.”

    So while Activision chose not to allow Share Play at launch, it sounds as though they are still open to the idea of it in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I don’t know about you, but I’d certainly prefer they’d take the time to test out the new feature — especially given the problems with PS4 firmware update 2.00.

    The Hackmaster