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Major PS4 System Update Out Tomorrow, Updates for PS Vita and PS App

John Koller's Avatar + Posted by John Koller on Apr 29, 2014 // VP of Platforms Marketing, SCEA

At PlayStation, we love hearing the great feedback we get from our passionate community of gamers. That’s why I’m excited to announce that our highly-anticipated system software update for PlayStation 4 (v1.70) will be released tomorrow, with a huge number of your demanded features, and expanding upon what we believe is the most socially connected console experience. One feature that I’m most excited about is SHAREfactory, our new rich video editing app. In addition, we’re launching updates for PlayStation Vita (v3.15) and PlayStation App (v1.70) that will deliver greater integration with your PS4 system.

Here’s a rundown of what you can expect with tomorrow’s software updates:

PlayStation 4 v1.70 Update

  • SHAREfactory: After you update your PS4 to v1.70, an icon to download our free SHAREfactory app will appear on your PS4 system’s home screen once it’s available. Once installed, SHAREfactory allows you to easily customize your gameplay videos with special effects, video commentary with picture-in-picture capability through PlayStation Camera, and custom soundtracks using the included audio tracks or your original music imported from a USB drive. You can then share your videos on Facebook or export them to an external USB storage device. The app is packed with plenty of cool, but accessible, tools. It’s simple enough to use for beginning editors, while functioning as a rich video editor for those with more creative aspirations. Check out our new SHAREfactory video that provides a walkthrough of what you can expect:

  • Automatic Pre-download: No more waiting until after a game is released to start downloading select pre-ordered games from PlayStation Store. This new feature allows you to get to your games faster by automatically downloading select pre-ordered games up to several days in advance of the release, so that it’s ready to play as soon as the game is released on launch day. There’s also a countdown timer prior to the release of the game so you’ll know how soon your game will be available for you to start playing.
  • Option to Disable HDCP for Games: This highly requested feature will allow you to have the option to turn off HDCP for games so you can capture longer gameplay sessions directly from your HDMI output and export them elsewhere.
  • USB Export Option for Captured Gameplay: It’s now even easier to show off your heroic gaming moments and the SHAREfactory videos you create with the world using this feature to export your videos and screenshots to a USB drive. Just click on the DUALSHOCK 4 SHARE button, save your gameplay on a USB drive, and then share your proudest achievements on other social networks and other video platforms.
  • Live Broadcasting in HD and Archiving Support: We’ve increased the resolution for live broadcasts so you and your friends can watch games livestreamed in 720p HD. You can also archive your broadcasts on Twitch or Ustream and watch them again later.
  • New SHARE Options: We’ve got a number of new SHARE settings that will give you better control of what you want to share with your friends. Here is what you can look forward to:
    • Change the default gameplay recording time in the SHARE menu under Video Clip Settings.
    • Save only the video clips and screenshots you want by selecting Upload Screenshots or Upload Video Clips for each capture. Also upload video clips and screenshots during your live gameplay broadcasts.
    • Select specific Facebook audiences to share each video or screenshot with.
  • New DUALSHOCK 4 Options: New light bar settings have been added for DUALSHOCK 4, allowing you to change it to Bright, Medium or Dim in the Settings menu. The touchpad has also been updated, allowing you to navigate the on-screen keyboard using the DUALSHOCK 4 touchpad.
  • New Friends Options: It’s now easier to find Friends and send requests with the ability to search Friends-of-Friends, view Mutual Friends on another user’s profile, and accept Friend requests directly from the Friends list.
  • New Trophies Sort Option: You can now sort Trophies by rarity in the Options menu.
  • PlayStation Store Payment Support: Similar to PS3, we’re introducing Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) for PS4 for content purchased on PS Store, starting with PayPal support.
  • More PlayStation Camera Commands: More voice commands are added to PlayStation Camera, allowing you to launch the apps installed on your PS4 with the sound of your voice.
  • New PlayStation Plus Icon: For Plus members, you’ll now have the PS Plus icon appear next to your SEN ID on the login screen, home screen and other areas across the PS4 system’s sleek user interface.
  • Music Unlimited SHARE Options: With a Music Unlimited subscription, you can easily share your favorite songs with your friends by pressing the SHARE button on your DUALSHOCK 4.

PlayStation Vita v3.15 Update

  • PS4 Link Update for Remote Play: Linking your PS4 and PS Vita together will now be easier with the 3.15 update for PS Vita. It’ll enable Automatic Device Registration, which will automatically detect and pair both systems when they’re both online and the same user is signed in to both devices. This makes it even quicker for you to get started on Remote Play or access other second screen features.

PlayStation App v1.70 Update

  • Push Notifications, Friend Requests and More: This new PlayStation app update will give you the option to receive Push Notifications for select PS4 updates you want to receive, such as gameplay Invitations, Game Alerts or Friend Requests. You can also receive Friend Requests via email or text messages with the app update. Also, it’s now easier to change your profile picture right from your mobile device by uploading an image from your photo library, or taking a photo using your in-device camera.

I’ve covered a lot of the key updates in the post, and additional details can be found here.

We can’t wait until the software updates are released so you can start enjoying all of these great features. In particular, I look forward to seeing your SHAREfactory videos and seeing all the creative ways you can make your gameplay moments memorable.

Let’s keep the conversation going – we love getting feedback from you and seeing what else we can come up with to continue making PlayStation 4 the best place to play. Please let us know and we’ll continue to always serve up great content and features to you – the gamer.

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+ avluis on April 29th, 2014 at 4:02 pm said:

Awesome, keep up them updates and listen for more suggestions from the community!


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    + Mia Putrino on April 29th, 2014 at 6:29 pm said:

    Will do! Keep those suggestions coming! We love to hear your feedback.


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+ Butters360 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

Yes! Yes! Yes!


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+ BulletTooth228 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

Thank you so much, please don’t forget that adding videos and music like on the PS3 is greatly missed.. It is such an incredibly feature.


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+ mixedkidbx on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

So that should mean MIDNIGHT TONIGHT…. that usually always when firmware updates are


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+ Pierpa_91 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

Will we able to record chat audio, with HDCP off, with the headset connected to the controller?


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+ Bobbleheadz10 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

Great to hear you guys listening!


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+ jose213jose on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

hmm sounds good, i was hope for big Vita update to fix some bugs and ect.


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+ colef10 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

Is the PS camera the only way to add commentary to a video? Can I just use the mic on my headphones?


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    + Mia Putrino on April 29th, 2014 at 6:38 pm said:

    The PlayStation Camera does double duty for both audio and video commentary, but you can use a standalone mic as well!


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+ Criminal683 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:05 pm said:

You should add scroll friends list with right stick without having to open the app.


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+ BattleSkard on April 29th, 2014 at 4:06 pm said:

Great. No Music Player?


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+ Extrem3xCarn4ge on April 29th, 2014 at 4:06 pm said:

I AM SO EXCITED!!!
THANK YOU PLAYSTATION!


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+ FifthDream on April 29th, 2014 at 4:07 pm said:

I’m hoping HDCP off will make the hdmi splitter i got for the sole purpose of leaving my PS4 plugged in to my tv finally work. ::crosses fingers:: XD


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+ Andrefpvs on April 29th, 2014 at 4:08 pm said:

Oh, PS Vita update as well! Nice, thank you!

Please give us multiple account support on PS Vita :(


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+ triple_lei on April 29th, 2014 at 4:08 pm said:

Can we get a PS Vita firmware update that lets us disable the screen dim? No point in watching Crackle or anything else on the Vita when the screen dims every minute.


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+ mixedkidbx on April 29th, 2014 at 4:09 pm said:

gotta say tho…. i really was hoping for a lot more than whats been giving, considering all the things people have been posting about wanting


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+ The_Penguinater on April 29th, 2014 at 4:09 pm said:

This is awesome! But when are we going to be able to enable notifications for when our friends come online?


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+ MarkakaJin on April 29th, 2014 at 4:10 pm said:

The best update for the PS4 thus far.


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    + Mia Putrino on April 29th, 2014 at 6:40 pm said:

    We’re so glad you’re excited and are really looking forward to seeing all of the amazing content you create. PLEASE make sure to tag your creations with #PS4share so we can find them on the internets.


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+ Hedgeworth on April 29th, 2014 at 4:10 pm said:

Tell ya what, I’m really missing the ability to watch content from a USB device through my PS4. Been going back to my PS3 a lot recently and it just seems silly to me, to remove a function from a new device.


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+ avluis on April 29th, 2014 at 4:10 pm said:

@8 Camera is not required for microphone input. Any mic that can be used with the PS4 can be used to record audio.


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+ killu4what on April 29th, 2014 at 4:11 pm said:

New features are always a good thing.


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+ ATOMS11 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:11 pm said:

Good Looking!


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+ M-Easy on April 29th, 2014 at 4:11 pm said:

So we can listen to music/import our own music for Share factory only but we can’t listen to our own music during gameplay?…yet?


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+ xXTruChaosXx on April 29th, 2014 at 4:11 pm said:

Awesome Update info still Hoping to see when my friends come online Similar to the PS3 and when friends start to play a specific game


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+ mummiess1 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:11 pm said:

what about music player demo that Shuhei Yoshida played? will we be seeing that in the near future?


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+ Butters360 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:

This is almost like a 2.0 update! Looking forward to the real 2.0 update.


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+ Evgam on April 29th, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:

wow! This update is huge. Was not expecting this many new features until after E3


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+ NYPUNK88 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:

No suspend/resume?


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+ Capt-Fury- on April 29th, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:

what about friends notification when they go online?


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+ subadictos on April 29th, 2014 at 4:13 pm said:

Two things:

* Change UI for organizing games (create folders or anything).
* Music Player App soon.


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+ RawWilson1 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:13 pm said:

Thank you everyone who worked so very hard to get all these features to make it in the new system update for PS4, PS Vita, and Playstation App^-^

Thank you!!!


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+ yaacov2606 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:15 pm said:

Great update but the thing we really need is local backward capability, i mean play PS1, PS2 &PS3 discs on PS4…


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+ Capt-Fury- on April 29th, 2014 at 4:15 pm said:

also what about the option to pause downloads? everything else is great tho, Thanks!


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+ GloriousOwnage on April 29th, 2014 at 4:16 pm said:

When will we see friends logging in notifications? Microsoft touted this as one of the most requested features and for something so minor they received a lot of positive feedback. This is one of the most frustrating yet simplistic omissions. Please Sony address this!


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+ Archames on April 29th, 2014 at 4:16 pm said:

Signed it just to say thank you, much more content in this than I was expecting. Keep it up, there are still a number of items on the list of expected features that I’d love to see sooner rather than later (suspend/resume comes to mind) but I feel like we’re rolling now. Nice work Sony.


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+ lramirezsuarez on April 29th, 2014 at 4:17 pm said:

Awesome Update!!!! I hope the next update bring the offline status showing to our friends without having to actually be offline. Like if I want to play a game, and be online, but don’t want to be disturbed or invited by my friends while i’m playing.
That would be nice.
Thanks for everything, and keep coming the Greatness!!!.
BEYOND!.


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+ israelpacheco89 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:19 pm said:

This is definitely the update I’ve been waiting for. Twitch archiving is the thing I’m most excited about, but the Sharefactory looks badass!


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+ zech678 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:20 pm said:

Thank you Sony,


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+ honkayjeezus on April 29th, 2014 at 4:22 pm said:

MP3 playback, DLNA and a Youtube app?

Wow, you guys do listen!


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+ FeddeCampo on April 29th, 2014 at 4:22 pm said:

There’s all that I was wanting and even more.And it’s amazing!
Thank you so much for sharing every single detail with us
Jhon!


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+ honkayjeezus on April 29th, 2014 at 4:23 pm said:

… oh, AND the Suspend/Resume function?


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+ Dark_Lord_22 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:24 pm said:

Still missing :
Change UI for organizing games…folder we can sort by: A-Z, most recent, type of games
Music Player App
Notification when friends go online
ability to watch content from a USB device through my PS4 (pictures, music, video)
DLNA


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+ gekko1986 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:26 pm said:

Need audio options (including music support) like PS3. Videos on Netflix, Amazon, etc. that have 2.0 audio are being outputted with 5.1 multi-channel. The current options don’t allow me the use Dolby Pro Logic which sounds way better. Still using PS3 for media as a result.


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+ S__Ashley__S on April 29th, 2014 at 4:26 pm said:

Wow! Thank you, can not wait to download the update tomorrow and try SHAREfactory. I hope you guys add notification for when someone gets on or goes offline like on ps3 in a future update.


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+ airJordan_Xx on April 29th, 2014 at 4:26 pm said:

My ps4 wish list
1. To organize games in folders like my tv and viido say indies go in one folder, sports go in a another folder etc
2. Ability to appear offline sometimes I would like to play without my friends knowing on onlne
3. A sorting for friend list like people I know,people I met online etc,
4. To navigate the ui with touchpad
5. To listen to our own music while were playing a game
6.everything form the survey a reputation system, skilled match making, more than 8players in party chat etc
7. DLNA support and a youtube app
8.settng for multi sound output like the ps3 had
9. Say I get a invite for a game if should be able to it join so. Don’t get taking out of game
10. See when friends come online
11. Be able to rent games on ps store on ps4 I hate going to family vidoe,to rent a game I should be able to rent the game directly form store for a couple dollars
12. You can try games for free what David perry said try for free all games don’t have demos so I would like to have a option to try it out before I buy it


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    + Mia Putrino on April 29th, 2014 at 6:57 pm said:

    Great wish list. PLEASE keep those suggestions coming. Your feedback is important to us and we do listen.


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+ Dark_Lord_22 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:26 pm said:

suspend/resume download
youtube app


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+ Kchow23 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:28 pm said:

Does ShareFactory enable sharing for sub-accounts? I am disappointed that this hasn’t been addressed yet a lot of PSN users are unable to use the Share feature because they created their accounts when they were under 18.


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+ Kchow23 on April 29th, 2014 at 4:29 pm said:

Switching between accounts needs to be updated also, every time you choose to log out you have to turn off the DS4 and turn it on again to log in to a different account. Rather tedious.


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+ MussiBR on April 29th, 2014 at 4:29 pm said:

Amazing update! Now we just need the online friend notification, this is a really important feature.

“Someone logged in”

So we can invite them to a party!


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+ TWO_DUBS on April 29th, 2014 at 4:29 pm said:

hey John Koller does the u.s playstation4 have to be authorized by sony japan for a firmware update?


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+ triple_lei on April 29th, 2014 at 4:30 pm said:

Also, think you can get in talks with TiVo? I’d love to be able to watch recorded shows and live TV on my Vita’s screen. Providing that automatic dim issue gets resolved, anyway.

I can do that with my phone, but I want it on the Vita!


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