The PlayStation Blog
has posted up a brief on the upcoming system software update fo the PlayStation 4 console, that among other features related to video sharing, will finally include the option to disable HDCP, the console's implementation of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection that prevents end-users from recording direct feed video.
This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalise your video clips, and you’ll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing the SHARE button to a USB drive. In addition, this update will add an HDCP off option for capturing gameplay via HDMI, a feature we’ve previously said would come after launch.
We recognise that some gamers want to record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions, and we’re excited to deliver this option with PS4. There’s a lot more coming in this update as well, so stay tuned for more — there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone.
It begs the question why it has taken so long to remove a feature gamers had been in vocal opposition of since the console was first announced, but hopefully this is the last we'll see of this ill-conceived DRM mechanism for gaming (it's still commonly implemented for movie playback).