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DC Universe Online on PS4: Your Questions Answered

Jens Andersen's Avatar + Posted by Jens Andersen on Nov 06, 2013 // Senior Creative Director // DCUO

Hello, everyone. My name is Jens Andersen, aka @Spytle, and I’m the Senior Creative Director on DC Universe Online. When PlayStation first put a callout for DCUO PS4 questions on Twitter, I was excited to see them roll in; it was hard to keep myself from answering them right away, but I managed to restrain myself.

Thanks to everyone that submitted questions — it’s great to see so much interest in DC Universe Online on PS4. I’m excited to finally start answering them, so without further adieu, let’s get started.

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@Arkham_InmateJH: What exactly is changing with DC Universe Online? (source)Jens Andersen: There are a ton of things changing in DCUO right around the time of the PS4 launch — many of these will be available on all platforms.

First of all, players will see the amazing power of PS4 popping off the screen thanks to the art enhancements we made to the PS3 assets. The game looks and runs amazingly smooth — performance has really improved. We’re targeting 1080p at 60 frames per second.

We’ve also decided to treat this like a re-launch of the game; we’ve received lots of feedback from our veteran players, and we wanted to apply it so new players on the PS4 could benefit from it. For example, the leveling curve has been adjusted, messaging improved, and all kinds of tweaks and polish to the content itself occurred.

‏@drzfr3shboialex: Will it be available on PS4 launch day? (source)

Andersen: I’m happy to answer “yes!” DCUO will be available for download on PS4 at the console’s launch.

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@BartAllen2: Will there be any special feats/items exclusive for PS4 launch or otherwise? (source)Andersen: There are no exclusive items for the re-launch on PS4. This is mainly due to the fact that PS3 and PS4 will be sharing the same server. When we offer something to new players on a server, we need to offer something for our current players as well, and they need to be different to maintain the exclusivity of it all. This gets kind of complicated, especially when you throw PC players into the mix as well.

Therefore, we decided it was best to just keep everything equal and not make anyone feel left out because they didn’t move to PS4 — we’ve seen it breed resentment in our community and we thought it best to avoid it altogether.

@Gaminggumper: Are there plans to use the touchpad to ease menu navigations? (source)

Andersen: Yes, but nothing too major at first. We’ll need to use it as a button — specifically the select button functionality from a PS3 controller will now be activated by the touch pad. We have plans to use it for scrolling in menus, as well as zooming in and out of maps with the “pinching” action people are used to on their mobile devices.

@HabinoBR: Will the PS4 version interact with the Vita somehow? (source)

Andersen: Yes, there will be remote play on the Vita. This is a really exciting feature and we’re thrilled to support it.

@_Bonesy: Will it have updated graphics ? (source)

Andersen: Yes, it does. Not only were the existing assets increased in fidelity from the PS3 version, we also spent a significant amount of time adding new elements to the open world that make it even more immersive than before. I think players will love the changes to the environment.

For example, Centennial Park looks like a real crash site now, and there are some terrific volumetric fog effects that add a new level of depth to many of the areas in the city.

@reaperkiddo64: Are there gonna be new characters to play as? (source)

Andersen: Our DLC releases will continue as usual. Recently we added several new Legends characters, and a new Super Power with our Sons of Trigon DLC. The next one up is part one of the War of the Light. Expect to see some new Legends characters, and another new power added when it goes live.

‏@tiny_tim31: Do characters from PS3 transfer over? (source)

Andersen: Yes they do. Players can expect to pick up exactly where they left off on the PS3 version when they fire up DCUO on PS4. Players just need to sign in with their existing account and they’re good to go.

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@protomelvin: Will all content available in the PS3 version be available day one on the PS4 version? (source)Andersen: Yes. Everything that’s available in the game right now will be available on PS4. We plan on supporting both platforms, along with the PC, going forward.

@RockfallDCUO: Will I be able to continue to play DCUO with friends who have PS3 and I’m on PS4? (source)

Andersen: I’m thrilled to be able to say “Yes!” to this one. We wanted to make sure that the release of DCUO on PS4 was not a homewrecker. We know there are lots of people from lots of different walks of life that find themselves in the same league, and enjoy playing with one another in game.

We realized some people would be early adopters of the new platform, and others would wait to buy one. We felt it was very important to maintain cohesion within the community, so we decided to let them play on the same servers.

@AmericanNinja: Will there be any second screen support with the PS App or PS Vita? (source)

Andersen: There is a Companion App in the works right now for DCUO. We look forward to finally rolling it out on iOS and Android devices in the very near future. Players will be able to see all kinds of information about the game and each other using the app.

It looks sweet and is very easy to use. We look forward to expanding it once the community gets their hands on it and tells us what we need to tweak to suit their needs.

So, thanks for all the great questions. It’s been a real privilege to field them. Take care and see you in DCUO on PS3, PC, and soon… PS4!

//Add Your Own

48 Comments

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+ hevela on November 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

Will it support background download of updates? it was a pain to wait for de update to download in the ps3 version


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+ D-Squad3 on November 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

Launch title? Great (ness)


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+ SlyCooperFan100 on November 6th, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

It was a little vague in the article, so I’ll ask just to make sure (apologies if I skipped something that answers this): Will DLC and membership work as “Cross-Buy” between PS3 and PS4?


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+ Spidey817 on November 6th, 2013 at 9:12 am said:

Looking forward to checking this out on PS4 next week. Time to get my hard light DPS back to work.


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+ Spidey817 on November 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am said:

@3 Yes, it doesn’t matter which system you log in from.


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+ TimMalouff on November 6th, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

Can you also Please release the Companion App to the Amazon App Store so I can use it on my Kindle Fire HD?

As you might know the Kindle devices don’t have access to the Google Play Store or Google apk’s like their sign in services some not everything works if we try to sideload (for example Plants vs Zombies 2).


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+ Darkthorn77 on November 6th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

will voice chat be improved on the ps4 version?


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+ JMBlakk on November 6th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

OMG DCUO Back on the Playstation Blog. SOE should work on an exclusive Playstation title


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+ Nepraos on November 6th, 2013 at 9:50 am said:

“The game looks and runs amazingly smooth — performance has really improved. We’re targeting 1080p at 60 frames per second.”

That’s awesome news. I’m hoping this includes that we actually get to see our characters in the cutscenes rather than silhouettes, haha. Can’t wait to check it out once I get my hands on a PS4.


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+ dh4645 on November 6th, 2013 at 10:03 am said:

is the ps+ / gaming content still limited to 2 consoles per generation?

2 ps3s, 2 vitas & now 2 ps4s?

or will i have to deactivate one of my 2 ps3s when i get my ps4?


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+ kiikooo on November 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am said:

Remote play :)) SOLD


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+ The_Bunn on November 6th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

Will I be able to play with PC players?


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+ trastan-san on November 6th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

Honestly, I’d love to be able to transfer my account from the PC version. Any chance of that happening in the future?


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+ jsnake22 on November 6th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

So totally stoked for DCUO on PS4!! You have been doing such a great job with this game, this jump is going to be amazing.
I’m especially stoked for remote play on the PS Vita. Works pretty well right? (asking to be teased haha)

Thanks for all the hard work guys!


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+ Sealtested on November 6th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

I really want to x-fer my PC Launch character over. Really gotta find a way to allow this.


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+ SilentJoker on November 6th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

I’ll be dloading this on day one while playing kill zone shadow fall. Can’t wait to play it with the updated graphics, and farther draw distances. The pop up was a constant distraction while flying around. If your getting kill zone day one look me up. Going to a midnight launch so will be gaming as soon as I dload the 300mb update.


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+ Elvick_ on November 6th, 2013 at 10:35 am said:

Going to give this a whirl. Played the beta on PS3, and it was okay. But it’s had a lot of updates, obviously, since that.


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+ ewade52 on November 6th, 2013 at 10:46 am said:

will there be a token we can buy so we can switch from hero to villain or from villain to hero?


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+ GeoDarky on November 6th, 2013 at 11:06 am said:

Thank you guys for the effort, me and most of my league gonna move to PS4 and we are excited to see the improvement and to this version


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+ LT-94 on November 6th, 2013 at 11:07 am said:

I had to stop playing this on my PS3 because it took up too much space and my friends did not want to go through the hassle to play it. Now on the PS4 it won’t take up so much space and all my friends are all getting a PS4 eventually. I already downloaded one of the DLCs so it will be nice to start where I left off. Can’t wait, this is a really fun MMO.


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+ tusunami on November 6th, 2013 at 11:17 am said:

This is cool I hope ican play it at some point.


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+ Breezybdatruth on November 6th, 2013 at 11:28 am said:

will the crossplay feature be available for players on the ps3 as well?


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+ Ryumoau on November 6th, 2013 at 11:33 am said:

Are trophies still going to be locked out for people who are subscribed to DCU?


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+ Fullmetal156 on November 6th, 2013 at 12:36 pm said:

Any type of level cap increase i really enjoy pve more than pvp sadly :(


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+ AmericanNinja1 on November 6th, 2013 at 12:42 pm said:

Yay! My question got answered!


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+ Teflon02 on November 6th, 2013 at 12:55 pm said:

Can we please be able to unlock trophies without a subscription this time please


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+ plaztiksyke on November 6th, 2013 at 12:57 pm said:

definitely going to give this another try on PS4. having remote play functionality for MMO games in ingenious. I hope Sony releases a Home client for PS4 that also supports remote play.

will DCUO for PS4 support 3D displays? are the audio assets higher quality than the PS3/PC version?

secretly, I’m hoping Star Trek Online comes to PS4 as well. I’m just worried that I’ll never see daylight again if that happens.

PS: it’s awesome to see DCUO support GLBT-friendly player leagues!


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+ MrBeatdown on November 6th, 2013 at 1:03 pm said:

Are trophies still locked unless you subscribe.

I’d give this a shot… probably even buy DLC… but not if that’s still not good enough to unlock trophies.

In fact, if that’s Sony’s policy on Free-to-play going forward, I’m going to be really disappointed.


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+ GIONAScm2 on November 6th, 2013 at 1:21 pm said:

This is cool.

I tried playing DCUO on PS3, but I kept constantly getting distracted by other AAA games to actually do anything. So besides completing the tutorial, I didn’t really do much.

That said, I’m looking forward to playing this game on PS4. I think I can really get into this game.


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+ GRIM__REAFER on November 6th, 2013 at 1:53 pm said:

You forgot,

When will we be able see game play and the new UI?


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+ Doc_Theop on November 6th, 2013 at 2:08 pm said:

I’m stoked about the PS4 release as well as the soft relaunch of the DCUO!

@ plaztiksyke – you should check out our GLBT league the Fabulous Gentlemen!


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+ Christian399 on November 6th, 2013 at 2:14 pm said:

Will we ever be able to play and/ or transfer PC characters over? Standard renaming conventions for already reserved names are fine. The lack of cross-play with PC for this title is baffling, really. I understand the “update” issue, but that’s mostly noise when there are several examples of successful cross-play, even with smaller outfits like the makers of Warframe and other F2P games coming to PS4. Please Jens, get your team on board. The platform is less important these days than the game.


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+ zeothedeathgod on November 6th, 2013 at 2:43 pm said:

@28 i understand why though. but yeah i bought 2 dlc packs, and wish i could get some of the trophies for it. i think $20-$40 spent should be able to let you get the trophy. also if it helps. get all the trophies done. subscribe for one month, and all the trophies will pop and youll get the platinum.


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+ Madd_Hatter401 on November 6th, 2013 at 3:18 pm said:

Never gave this game a go on PS3.. Remote play! I’m in!!!


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+ TO_PROFESIONAL on November 6th, 2013 at 3:45 pm said:

i really love this game played it countless hours but really wish they would unlock the trophies that would give this game a even grater motivation for people to play it and will make the fans of the game really happy


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+ monts_ on November 6th, 2013 at 5:43 pm said:

i hope dc universe online will be also be available for ps vita =)


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+ KILLSHOT_PRIME on November 6th, 2013 at 6:18 pm said:

Will the PC receive the same graphic upgrade as the PS4?


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+ djsaiyan on November 6th, 2013 at 6:35 pm said:

I played DCUO for a while, and I’d totally be willing to jump in, if not for one thing.

Trophies being locked to subscribers. I’m totally okay with them being locked out for people who haven’t given you a dime, but people who are actively paying into the game via buying DLC packs and microtransactions? Come on, let them have the satisfaction of that wonderful little *ding* every so often.

Not even kidding here, make trophies available to Premium tier members, and I’ll buy every single DLC pack you have.


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+ AlmightyBrando on November 6th, 2013 at 7:12 pm said:

I just realized that there are going to be a lot of free games in the coming months… F2P games and Free PS+ games combined which is pretty cool. So hyped for this game, Planetside 2, and Warframe.


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+ Avalanche on November 6th, 2013 at 11:49 pm said:

its too bad it will probably take 27% of the hard drive space…


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+ Kchow23 on November 7th, 2013 at 5:18 pm said:

I will give this game a shot if it won’t be as painful to update as it was on PS3.


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+ Cyber-Gladiator on November 10th, 2013 at 9:11 pm said:

Is there any chance of a physical release of DC UniverseTM Online Ultimate Edition for the PS3 and PS4 since I would rather own any current released downloadable content on a blu-ray disc than occupy any hard drive space?


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+ LOBBY508_ on November 15th, 2013 at 8:31 pm said:

Thanks for the information


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+ miggs93 on November 21st, 2013 at 12:54 am said:

question,, so i dl dc universe on ps3,, you know ,it updated nd the whole game dl, but when i try to enter with my ps3 made character it says i have to wait utill the full game dl,, which it already did, idk what ealse to dl,,, so i created a new character nd it was working but i couldnt exit the police department , it said the same thing that it had to finish dl,,,i have no dl pending or anything,,


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+ Magicthread123 on November 21st, 2013 at 6:39 pm said:

Question. Will my pc character be able to play on the ps4?


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+ Adam-Doumont on November 22nd, 2013 at 9:57 am said:

I had one issue I was wondering if anyone could help me out with; I downloaded DC UNIVERSE on my PS4 and everything was running well until it told me to do a mission in Metropolis. So I tried to go outside and it told me to wait till full game was downloaded it told me estimate time of 596523 hours, 14 minutes and 7 seconds!… so I came back like a day later expecting it to be just a glitch or something and it has the exact same number; so I checked the download and all 28 gigs of the game are completely downloaded and installed, but this problem always occurs; any advice?


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+ AelosMD on November 23rd, 2013 at 3:48 am said:

I downloaded the game and, though itseems toload fine,my internet connection is good,but it won’t connect. Have retried,reloaded,rebooted,verifiedmy internet connection,but it still cannot connect tothe server. Any ideas?


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+ zwein88 on November 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am said:

i have the same problem that adam anyone know what to do? just wait inside the game or can be weit outside?


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