One of the cool things that a PlayStation 4 does is constantly record your gameplay, although it only saves it when asked. However, all of that recording places a strain on the console and if you never use that feature, it would make sense to turn it off, right?
Unfortunately, I come with bad news: Sony doesn’t let you switch it off.
But, what you can do is reduce the recording activity, which may help. Let me explain.
Sony is rather vague around how the gameplay recording is performed, but my best theory is that long stretches of footage – such as the default length of 15 minutes – would need to be saved to hard disk, increasing wear on the disk drive. However, if you crimp the recording to the minimum of 30 seconds, it’s possible that short recording can be stored in memory, meaning the hard disk isn’t taxed unnecessarily.
Time needed: 2 minutes.
How to set the PlayStation 4 recording to the minimum duration
- Go into Sharing and Broadcast Settings
With your PS4 switched on and signed in, press the Share button on your controller. Select ‘Sharing and Broadcast Settings’ from the menu that appears.
- Select ‘Length of Video Clip’ from the menu
The default is 15 minutes.
- Change the new video clip length
The nearest to “off” is 30 seconds.
Now, the PlayStation will continue to record what you’re doing but only retaining the last 30 seconds (or whatever you changed it to). Surely that’s going to be less of a strain on your poor old console?
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Amazing work David! I am currently using record-screen.com to capture may ps4 gameplay and its actually effective when it comes to HD video output. But it does not have a timer, so yeah, i still prefer using the method you mentioned