Wednesday 26 October 2016

PlayStation 4 system update out tomorrow – here's what's new

Mark O'Beirne

Published 05/04/2016 | 12:48

PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4

An update for the PlayStation 4 system is out tomorrow, introducing new social and Remote Play features. Here's a breakdown on what's new.

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The next major system software update for the PlayStation 4 will be released tomorrow with a host of new features.

Here are the major changes, features, and improvements coming as part of version 3.50.

The big improvements are to do with the social side of the PlayStation 4. You can now get notifications when your friends come online. This isn’t a blanket setting; you can restrict it to a handful of select friends if you like. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like being social, you can choose to appear offline. This is particularly useful if you need to concentrate on a game or want to enjoy a movie without distraction.

If you have a particularly busy schedule, the ability to schedule gameplay sessions may be useful. On the Events tab, you can create an event, choose a time, and send invites to friends. When the event starts, people will be added to a Party automatically so that you can get straight into a game.

While players have been able to share impressive moments from their own gameplay since launch, now players will be able to share their friends’ best moments. This update also makes it possible to tag players when you share videos and screenshots on Facebook and Twitter. And speaking of sharing moments, it’s now possible to broadcast direct to Dailymotion.

Another novel feature implemented with this update is the expansion of Remote Play to PC and Mac. Depending on your internet bandwidth, you’ll be able to play games remotely in 360p, 540p, or 720p, though the default is 540p. The frame rate is set to 30fps by default, but 60fps is also available.

Teens can now create their own accounts and play in offline mode until parents approve the account and complete the parental control. For some reason, we have our suspicions that this feature won’t be utilised all that much.

Finally, the PS App is also being updated, introducing the same features as the main PlayStation 4 update.

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