Monday 5 December 2016

New PS4 update plays better with friends

Daniel Anderson

Published 02/03/2016 | 09:52

Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation

The PlayStation 4 has an update which is heading into beta testing soon that will finally help you manage friends better

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Sony's PlayStation 4 is finally getting some long anticipated features, including welcome improvements to handling your friends lists online.

The update is set to go into beta in early March and there's no official release date yet but some of the details have been revealed. At long last you can get a notification when your friends appear online, or make yourself appear offline - something we've all considered at some point. You'll even be able to schedule a future event with friends. Here's a breakdown.

Friend Online Notification – Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we’ve added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign in on the network. Notifications can be tailored to certain friends. Appear Offline – Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being interrupted. Now it’s easier to go incognito as we’ve added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu. User Scheduled Event – Now it’s easier to organise a game session. We’ve added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away. Remote Play (PC/Mac) – We’re bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows PC and Mac. This feature won’t be available to test in the beta, but you can look forward to it soon. Dailymotion, new service partner in Share feature – Dailymotion, an additional live streaming service, will become available for PS4 users to enhance their broadcast experience. Like other live streaming services available on PS4, users will enjoy the following features: Activity Feed, What’s New Broadcast Info Tile, Live Detail and Live from PlayStation.

Expect more news on the official roll out soon.

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