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PlayStation 4 update to add rich video editor, 720p Twitch streaming, HDCP off option, and more

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The Xbox One has already received a few firmware updates and it would seem the PlayStation 4 is about to follow suit.

Sony today detailed an upcoming patch for its new console that will allow players to turn HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) off at any time. At the moment, this protection means that players can’t record footage using an external capture device. They can stream a session with Twitch or distribute a short clip with the Share button, but vloggers and video producers couldn’t record and edit longer gameplay sessions.

Once the update lands this will no longer be an issue. In addition, Sony will be adding a video editor so players can tweak, cut and rearrange their footage without any third-party software, as well as the option to export videos and screenshots to an external USB drive.

While the PlayStation 4 supported Twitch streaming at launch, it’s since been trumped by the recent integration with the Xbox One. Owners of Microsoft’s latest console can archive sessions for on-demand playback and also stream at a higher resolution of 720p; today, Sony said it would be adding those same features to the PlayStation 4 in a future update.

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Published March 19, 2014 — 16:27 UTC