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Submitted by BOVICE47 242d ago | opinion piece

Should Photo Mode Be a Feature on the PS4?

Max Level: Since the photo mode feature came out I have been using it constantly showing off how amazing InFamous Second Son is. That being said I got to thinking should all games for the PS4 have a photo mode? (inFamous: Second Son, PS4)

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porkChop  +   242d ago
Yes. It's a really great feature to have. Would go well with the whole "Share" focus of the PS4.
GribbleGrunger  +   242d ago
I'd love to say yes but I think it's probably technically impossible. Photo mode in Infamous is built into the game and uses the game engine, so I can't really see how a photo mode at a UI level can access the in game engine on every single PS4 game. Each engine will have it's foibles and I can see that being a nightmare. What would be better is if Sony studios adopt the same principle and add their own versions to upcoming games.
Nitrowolf2  +   242d ago
Yep, this isn't possible I assume. It's a game software related, not hardware software
BOVICE47  +   242d ago
I agree with you. It would defiantly be hard to make as universal as i want it to be, but I feel as thou it needs to at least be in at all of the AAA titles. Im sure its not gonna be the last time we are gonna see some kind of a photo mode feature in a PS4 game.
XtraTrstrL  +   242d ago
This statement covers it basically. It's a game engine feature, they can just suggest it to devs. It shouldn't be too hard for most engines, but yea, it would most likely have to be done one by one for developers rather than a UI feature.
colonel179  +   242d ago
It doesn't have to be at an OS level. Just like trophies, developers must put them in the game, but it's not something that "comes" with the PS or Xbox. Sony could make "mandatory" to develop a photo mode for every game, at least first party.

It would be a great idea!
Parapraxis  +   242d ago
If not on a system-wide basis, more devs should definitely implement a similar feature in their games.

It is literally free advertising for them.

People are seeing SS screens and buying the game.
randomass171  +   241d ago
I see what everyone is saying, and sadly they did not build the OS to support such a mode. Hopefully Sony will one day supply tools to easily do a photo/theater mode in later consoles. :)
Majin-vegeta  +   242d ago
YES someone start a trend on twitter and tweet to yosp!!!!!
GusHasGas  +   242d ago
#photomodeforall?
randomass171  +   241d ago
Let's get a bunch of people to tweet that to Yoshida. :D
finito82  +   242d ago
i think might be a cool feature, sure why not.
AceBlazer13  +   242d ago
L3 was useless in inFamous, most other games have something assigned to every button.
Bathyj  +   242d ago
I don't think which button to use is the issue.
Parapraxis  +   242d ago
Not really.
Conzul  +   241d ago
Indeed, if all the buttons were spoken for, one could just hit pause/menu and if there was photo mode then just go there in the menu and the pause menu would disappear and let you manipulate.
randomass171  +   241d ago
That seems like the best idea. In photo mode you technically are pausing the game. Come to think of it, why not just have a full blown theater mode like the Halo games so you can have clips and screenshots in any given game?
porkChop  +   241d ago
Yeah, but most games don't use the touchpad in gameplay. It can read swipes, gestures, and is also a button. Would be easy to implement. Hell I'd even settle for pressing pause and selecting "Photo Mode" and then taking my photos.
randomass171  +   241d ago
Photo mode pauses the entire world so you can move the camera, right? So the pause button probably wouldn't be such a bad method to use it.
Bathyj  +   242d ago
I agree with Gribble. I don't think it's possible at a system level. It needs to be added in game by game.

Plus I don't think every game would like that sort of scrutiny of the graphics. Photo mode let's to get right up to everything and pick apart any faults. Not all devs would like that.

I definitely think Sony's 1st parties should be adding it in though.
avengers1978  +   242d ago
Should totally be up to the devs.
Sharky231  +   242d ago
You gotta think if this catches on why wouldn't devs want this in there game. It could lead to more replays in a few more games.
Bathyj  +   242d ago
As I've said above, not all devs would like their games under such a microscope by the general public. Few games look as good as infamous, if any.
randomass171  +   241d ago
What I think avengers means is that if the dev wants to put the time into utilizing such a tool it should be up to them. Which I can understand. Some devs may not want to focus on features like that.
hkgamer  +   242d ago
Don't think it's possible.

not sure if photomode is available on cutscenes, but wouldn't some games be spoiled if you was able to pan the camera at any given moment?

anyway stupid article.
CernaML  +   242d ago
Not gonna happen. Theres a reason a similar function exists in dev kits and not in the final game. The developers would not allow this depending on their game.
Obscure_Observer  +   241d ago
Would be awesome!

So many beautiful images taken from Infamous SS.

Definelly suporting the Idea. ;)
waltyftm  +   241d ago
I believe it should be.
GoodnessGreatness  +   241d ago
YES! Please!
Farsendor1  +   241d ago
not just ps4 every game should have this feature, maybe even help point out bugs easier to developers.
gamer7804  +   241d ago
i love taking screenshots in game, i love it on the vita and the ps4, i wish my xbox one had this capability
danncampello  +   239d ago
Photo mode with the Share concept of the PS4 would be great

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