One of the key new features, when it came to the latest generation of consoles, was the ability for gamers to stream their gameplay content to a number of online services. Sony covered some of the more popular services on their PlayStation 4 console, however, one of those services will soon be losing support leaving gamers with just three other streaming services to choose from.
PlayStation 4 gamers and streamers had the ability to showcase their gameplay live on Twitch, YouTube, Dailymotion, and lastly Ustream. Now it seems that Sony is dropping the Ustream streaming service completely starting August.
Sony stated the following on their official PlayStation website.
“On August 1, 2016*, Sony Interactive Entertainment will terminate the following Ustream features available on the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system and Live from PlayStation®:
Broadcasting gameplay to Ustream.
Viewing Ustream broadcasts from “Live from PlayStation” on the PS4 system, PlayStation®App (PS App) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita).
Players can broadcast gameplay via YouTube,Twitch, and Dailymotion and enjoy viewing these broadcasts via Live from PlayStation.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your understanding.”
Interestingly enough, it’s not stated why Sony is opting to drop the streaming service support for Ustream. Luckily the more popular streaming services are not going anywhere, but with that said, if you were originally using Ustream to showcase gameplay and commentary to an audience, you may want to prepare to transition to another service sooner rather than later.