Of the many changes Sony’s new PS5 controller, the DualSense, brings with it is an alteration to the Share button on the DualShock 4, which has let us post clips of Fall Guys wins and Spider-Man photo mode pics for years.
But what, if anything, does the Create button actually bring differently to the PlayStation experience? Well, now that we have had time with the PS5, we can share a bit more about what the new button actually does differently, and what has stayed the same.
For all its newness, the Create Button actually brings up a rather understated UI – as opposed to the PS4’s Share UI that came in from the side, the Create button temporarily fills the bottom of your screen with a minimal black bar and a few icons.
Far more quickly – and with no lag compared to the slow-moving PS4 UI – you’re able to share your current screen as a screenshot, capture recent gameplay, or start a recording for future play.
With the capture recent gameplay option, the PS5 has temporarily saved the last few minutes of play, and lets you clip out the last 15 seconds, the last 30 seconds, and more increments of time – all the way up to the last hour of gameplay. And of course, with the start recording option, the PS5 will then capture any subsequent gameplay.
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When it comes to those capture options for video and photos, there are actually plenty of customization options directly available from the Create button share screen, which is arguably one of the best new features for the button. Players can adjust the screenshot file type (JPG or PNG), the video clip file type (WebM or MP4), manual recording resolution adjustments (1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160), and whether to include the audio from your microphone or party audio in any clips.
These can be set as defaults, but can be adjusted at any time by hitting the Create button. And while you’re in the Create Button’s overlay, you can also bring up your past video and photo captures in a gallery, cycling through your past saved files as well as any photo or video captures from Trophy moments.
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There’s also a button to start broadcasting gameplay, but as we’ve been playing pre-launch, we haven’t broadcast any gameplay – we’ll be sure to test that more after launch.
For more on PS5, be sure to check out what the PS5 Activity Cards do, learn about the PS5’s lack of custom themes, and read our full PS5 console review. And if you’re interested in the PS5’s launch lineup, check out our Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales review and our Astro’s Playroom review.