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PS4 System Software Update 1.50 Details

Sid Shuman's Avatar Posted by Director, Social Media

We wanted to shed some light on system software update version 1.50 for PS4, which will launch simultaneously with the system’s official North American launch on November 15th, 2013. By updating to system software version 1.50, you’ll be able to experience a variety of new features in addition to the basic functions of PS4.

The system software update 1.50 is approximately 300 MB, and will include the following features:

    • Remote Play
      Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link (Depending on network environment or titles, remote play performance may vary outside of the home). We anticipate that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play. The latest PS Vita system software version, to be released soon, will be required to use PS4 Link.


    • Second Screen
      Users can use the PS4 Link application for the PS Vita system, and PlayStation App for iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smartphones and tablets, to use these devices as second screens in supported titles. PlayStation App has the ability to enable users to interact with games with their mobiles devices. For example on The Playroom, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.


    • Record, take screenshots, and upload gameplay effortlessly
      The PS4 system provides dedicated, “always on” video encoding systems that enables seamless uploading of gameplay. Users can share their epic triumphs by simply hitting the Share button on DualShock 4, take screenshots or scan through the last 15 minutes of gameplay, tag it and return to the game—the video uploads as the user plays. At the PS4 system’s launch in North America, users will be able to share their images and videos with friends on Facebook and screenshots with followers on Twitter, though users will need to sign up for individual accounts to use Facebook and Twitter.


    • Broadcast and spectate gameplay
      The PS4 system also enhances social spectating by enabling users to broadcast their gameplay in real-time to game fans around the globe, using Ustream and Twitch live internet streaming services (users will need to sign up for individual accounts to use Ustream and Twitch). There are two ways for users to view live broadcasts. First, the Live from PlayStation application on PS4 aggregates streams from all PlayStation users. Second, users can spectate friends’ PS4 gameplay from PCs, and applications such as Ustream, Twitch, and browsers, which are installed on their mobile devices. These applications can be easily started up via PlayStation App, and users can also use these applications to post comments to gameplay broadcasts. Furthermore, users with PlayStation Camera can stream camera images and microphone sounds along with their live gameplay broadcast.


    • Play as you download
      This feature enables users to play supported digital titles as they are being downloaded. The time it takes to begin playing will vary depending on game data size and network environments, and not all titles will support this feature When a game is purchased, users can start playing after PS4 downloads a portion of the data, while the rest of the game is downloaded in the background during actual gameplay. Games may be downloaded in stand-by mode.


    • Multi log-in
      A maximum of four users can log-in to a single PS4 system simultaneously. These players can use their own save data to play games, and also earn trophies on their own Sony Entertainment Network accounts even when playing a multiplayer game together on a single PS4 system.


    • Party (Voice chat)
      By using the Mono Headset bundled with the PS4 system, users will be able to chat with up to eight friends enjoying different applications or games. Furthermore, users can use Party to chat between PS4 and PS Vita systems.


    • Face recognition and voice commands
      Users with PlayStation Camera will be able to register their facial image onto their PS4 system, and login to their system using facial recognition instead of DualShock 4. Furthermore, users can use either the microphone of the Mono Head set connected to DualShock 4, or PlayStation Camera to navigate through the PS4 home screen (PlayStation Dynamic Menu) with voice commands to start up games and shutdown the system, among other features; please refer to PS4’s online manual for recognizable voice commands.


    • Background music player
      Users can enjoy gameplay while listening to music in the background with Music Unlimited, a cloud-based digital music service. Users can also voice chat with friends while listening to music. Learn more about Music Unlimited here.


    • Online Multiplayer
      PlayStation Plus members will be able to play PS4 titles online with other players via the network. PS Plus makes it easy for members to join available online multiplayer matches in a variety of ways, including the ability to easily join a game from a live stream broadcast or Party voice chats.


  • Blu-ray Disc and DVD player
    Users can enjoy not only gaming on their PS4 system, but also Blu-ray and DVD video contents. When using for the first time, users must connect to the internet to activate this feature.


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. We will provide additional information about system software update version 1.50 and features available at the PS4 system’s North America launch, and features that will be available after launch, in the near future.

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Mister-Nep said:

October 25th, 8:05 am

….Why is this system update?

Relkin43 said:

October 25th, 8:06 am

Does multi play + vita remote play = one person can play a game on the PS4 and others can play stuff over their vita? Prob not I’m guessing bc powah but dayum that’d be cool.

Brink-2-Chaos said:

October 25th, 8:07 am

the wait is becoming unbearable

akisuo said:

October 25th, 8:07 am

So how long will this take then?

BigPapaGlueHands said:

October 25th, 8:08 am

Is that Playstation Online Manual available yet? I want to see the camera commands.

Zezzler said:

October 25th, 8:09 am

It kind of sucks that the suspend/resume sleep feature won’t be a launch feature, but the rest of the other features certainly make up for it!

I have high hopes for the Remote Play!

Indy-aka-Rex said:

October 25th, 8:09 am

Is there any chance we could download this onto a USB flash drive prior to launch and install it via that?

hmecey said:

October 25th, 8:09 am

Will the background music player work with my own music collection or just the Music Unlimited program?

EnigmaNemesis said:

October 25th, 8:11 am

Oh man, it is getting closer and closer!

My Body is Red E!

MakoSOLIDER said:

October 25th, 8:11 am

……this should have been on the console to begin with….ah whatever. At least its day 1 but I understand. Getting consoles manufactured and out as early as possible was def more important

passivefamiliar said:

October 25th, 8:11 am

Wait, music unlimited to play background music during gameplay??? Will it work on ANY game, or just a hand full?? If it works on every single game. That’s sweet!!! I enjoy my music unlimited. And if I can use it during games now…yes please.

ATOMS11 said:

October 25th, 8:11 am

Nice! In my head Im already playing NBA2K14 on my Vita!

AmericanNinja1 said:

October 25th, 8:11 am

Hello, when will Sony be releasing some PS4 UI video walkthroughs?

KrisButtar said:

October 25th, 8:11 am

So we can’t play are DVD.Blue ray until we connect online? Does that include retail games since they are on blue ray

tirminyl said:

October 25th, 8:12 am

Will you guys provide video UI walkthroughs so that we can see what things look like, how it works, what the day one features are, etc.?

Fullmetal156 said:

October 25th, 8:12 am

Hot diggity dang cant wait

mrscar60 said:

October 25th, 8:12 am

wow ps4 hasnt came out yet and theres ready an update for it lol

AirMaxPenny said:

October 25th, 8:13 am

For those of us upgradinge the HDD day 1, will system software 1.50 be available for download, and will it add back “The Playroom” ?

YourFather2675 said:

October 25th, 8:14 am

I just cant wait anymore plz hurry up November 15

AirMaxPenny said:

October 25th, 8:14 am

Can we use Music Unlimited to put music over our videos we upload to FB or PSN ?


October 25th, 8:15 am

That was a fast download, thank you.

KingXtreme81 said:

October 25th, 8:17 am

So we can issue voice commands to the PS4 through the included headset? Awesome!

I know you said to refer to PS4’s online manual for recognizable voice commands, but do you know if the manual will be available prior to launch?

For those of us with the PlayStation Camera, will it be possible to turn PS4 on with voice? Example: “PlayStation on”? If so will it be available at launch?

Thank you.

KazeEternal said:

October 25th, 8:18 am

Will we have the ability to also play music using DLNA/UPnP?

I’d like to use music from my own library and not just the music found on my Music Unlimited Service.

JukeboxAddict said:

October 25th, 8:18 am

So let me get this straight. Your “next-generation” console will be *unable to play DVDs and Blu-ray Discs out of the box.* I understand some of this other stuff being left out in the rush to get the PS4 shipped. But…. really?

Awsaim said:

October 25th, 8:18 am

Why isn’t Blu-Ray and DVD playback working out-of-the-box?

killbot-xD said:

October 25th, 8:19 am

While all of these things are great, I really want to know when I’m going to be able to use my Astro A40’s with the PS4.

bigmf said:

October 25th, 8:19 am

Please make sure your servers are ready, Sony!

NO_FEAR said:

October 25th, 8:20 am

well this is kinda awesome. Do we have a link to the official PlayStation app for android and IOS?

snakeeyes211 said:

October 25th, 8:21 am

How will the clarity be in party chat or in general game chat on PS4 compared to PS3

snakeeyes211 said:

October 25th, 8:22 am

(PS4)Is it possible to install the full game to the hard drive and just use the disc to boot up the game?

RedGiant17 said:

October 25th, 8:25 am

Two questions:

1. Will the update be available to download ahead of time to a USB so we can avoid the server crush as everyone is trying to update on launch day simultaneously?

2. Is background music only possible if we use Music Unlimited?


ChangeDaBullets said:

October 25th, 8:25 am

Nice! Can’t wait to play this.. SO can someone answer me this.. Will we be able to live stream from twitch and Ustream on day one and can I use my current twitch account for my PS4? Please respond thnx

GabeCounts said:

October 25th, 8:25 am

Will it be possible to just share PS4 gameplay for offline use to the harddrive or a flash drive?

Ryumoau said:

October 25th, 8:26 am

only a maximum of 4 users on a single ps4? Thats quite the step down from the number ps3 allowed. Guess they are really trying hard to reduce game-sharing on the next generation.
Too bad they aren’t taking the other logical step, which is reducing the price on digital versions of games. Knack being $60 on psn is ridiculous.

YourFather2675 said:

October 25th, 8:27 am

I wonder if I can still use my ps3 media server to watch my movies?

Ryumoau said:

October 25th, 8:29 am

Also, there was a leaked pic of the ps4 retail box art for Ghosts and it said it had a 49GB install. I’m getting the digital version and i’m wondering if it will also be that huge a file?
If so, please tell me the Playstation Network speed will be improved on day one for ps4. The current version is just way too slow. :(

Squiggle55 said:

October 25th, 8:31 am

@ryumoau 4 simultaneous log-ins. The PS3 couldn’t do that at all. Multi Log-In sounds like an awesome feature.

andremal said:

October 25th, 8:33 am

Looking awesome! So excited! Will be in line the night of 11/14!

G-Force08 said:

October 25th, 8:33 am

This is how you know the next-gen is being rushed. lol

Thanks for the patch but between this and the size of these required installs, my hype is dying down a bit.

Still looking forward to the PS4 though. Just… maybe not as much as before. ;/

supergeek- said:

October 25th, 8:33 am

Will this update be available for download so that we can have it on a USB before launch? I have a feeling the servers will not be able to handle the overload of people trying to download all at once.
Will Playroom be re-downloadable if we want to upgrade our HDD’s?

Squiggle55 said:

October 25th, 8:33 am

Question: does remote play always work over wifi or is there a direct connection with the ps4 option?

honkayjeezus said:

October 25th, 8:35 am


You can play music when playing games, but ONLY with Music Unlimited?

Shady. Now I know why the thing won’t play CD’s.

alphazulu33 said:

October 25th, 8:35 am

Is it just me or is the fact that the “suspend/resume mode” won’t be available at launch really disappointing? That was one of the biggest things I was psyched for…

KongWen said:

October 25th, 8:37 am

Can we use our own uploaded / on-board music as background music, or does it have to be Music Unlimited?

PainOfSarrow said:

October 25th, 8:39 am

Online Multiplayer
PlayStation Plus members will be able to play PS4 titles online with other players via the network…. ONLY thing i dont like. pay to play.. hmm the rest sounds great.

YourFather2675 said:

October 25th, 8:39 am

21 more days

Memo said:

October 25th, 8:40 am

What about Pulse Elite headset compatibility??? Also it’s interesting to see lack of suspend feature on day one …

JAMKOR said:

October 25th, 8:40 am

Can you please address subaccount and master accounts? WIll sub accounts be able to use the FB and Twitter functionality? Plus, will we ever be able to upgrade sub accounts to master accounts?

Ryumoau said:

October 25th, 8:40 am

@36 oh, you’re right. i didn’t notice the ‘simultaneous’ part. i thought they meant only 4 accounts can be put on the ps4 console total. I’ll never need more than one account logged in at once, so as long as i can still have many accounts activated to my console i’m fine.

Teflon02 said:

October 25th, 8:43 am

@33 do you know what they are talking about, simultaneously means at the same time, it can hold more then 4 users of course.
@31 I’m confused cause your answer is in the article already…
@ Everyone who doesn’t understand, they are talking a 1 time activation for the system to play BR and DVD, like WMA on ps3. Takes 10 seconds at most
Sucks resume won’t be at launch, that’s my fav feature. Ohh well hopefully its very soon

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