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Sony delivers details on PS4’s launch update

Sony has recently revealed the new features and additional content that will be added with the PlayStation 4’s v1.50 launch day update.


In a recent post on Sony’s official PlayStation Blog, the Japanese gaming giant has detailed what users can expect from the PlayStation 4’s launch day update. Sony has also revealed what features will be available on the console’s launch, and touted capabilities like Remote Play, second screen content with the PlayStation App, and play-as-you-download will all be available upon launch.

Below is a list of PS4 functions that Sony has confirmed will be available after downloading the launch update:

  • Remote Play – Streaming gameplay over Wi-Fi to a PS Vita was one of most innovative features of the PlayStation 4, and it will be available upon launch. However Sony has said “the latest PS Vita system software version, to be released soon, will be required to use PS4 Link,” so hopefully that said update for the handheld is released on or before the PS4’s launch.
  • Second Screen Content – Utilizing the PS Vita’s PS4 Link app as well as the PlayStation App for mobile phones and tablets, gamers can interact with their games to provide unique second screen experiences.
  •  Record, take screenshots and upload gameplay footage – Thanks to the PS4’s “dedicated always on video encoding systems”, gamers can effortlessly upload gameplay footage and use the Share button on the DualShock 4 to pass those great moments on to your friends. At launch gamers can shre images and videos with friends on Facebook and screenshots with followers on Twitter, but Sony’s news update doesn’t say anything about YouTube…yet.
  • Broadcast and spectate modes – Spectating and real-time broadcasting will be available at launch using Ustream and Twitch. Users can spectate via the “Live from PlayStation” application on the PS4 as well as on the PC via Ustream and Twitch–as well as from mobile phone apps of each respective streaming service. Oh and gamers with PS Cameras can stream camera images and footage as well as microphone sounds over their footage, affording for walkthroughs or general entertainment.
  • Play as you download – It’s pretty self explanitory, but Sony reminds users that this function varies entirely on a few parameters like overall game data size and network speeds. Plus not all games will support “play as you download”, but it will definitely be available after the v 1.50 update is downloaded.
  • Multi Log-In – Up to four users can log-in on a single PS4 at the same time, and can earn their own trophies and save their own content while utilizing their specific PSN accounts.
  • Party Chat – The PS4 comes with a mono headset that can be used to party chat with up to eight friends across both the PS4 and PS Vita. That last bit is particularly interesting.
  • PS Camera: Face recognition and voice commands – Using the PS Camera, users will be able to navigate and control their PS4 as well as login with facial recognition security measures instead of using the DualShock 4.

PS4 App

Sony goes on to detail more PS4 functions like the background music player, online multiplayer across the PlayStation Network, and of course Blu-Ray/DVD video playback in the update.

Additionally some features won’t be available on the PS4’s launch including the suspend/resume mode:

“Some features will not be available at launch, such as “suspend/resume mode” which is a feature that keeps the PS4 system in a low power state and promptly takes users back to their game. “

The PS4’s software system update 1.50 will be approximately 300mb in size, and we’ll here more about the update’s features–and hopefully a confirmation date of the PS Vita’s required update for Remote Play capability–sometime in the near future.

Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4 console launches on Nov. 15, 2013 for a price point of $399. For more information check our recent coverage or head on over to the PlayStation Blog.

Via PlayStation Blog

Derek Strickland
Derek is an avid fan of gaming and everything geeky, and is compelled to make his mark in the field of games journalism. When he's not gaming on a console (everything from SNES to X360) you can find him reading about ancient civilizations or enjoying a fantasy epic or two.

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