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PS4 System Software Update 1.50 Details

Sid Shuman's Avatar Posted by Director, SIEA 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.

Add Your Own

ltn2150 said:

October 25th, 8:28 pm

remove ps+ subscription for onlineplay and ill be happy

nutellapr said:

October 25th, 8:36 pm

Thank you!

Please port your Android app to Blackberry 10. BB10 includes the Android 4.2.2 runtime and should take only a few minutes to convert and to test the compatibility without any modification to your code.

SpooNManX said:

October 25th, 8:49 pm

The million dollar question…

A L P H A B E T I C A L L Y ?

Because the PS3 sure can’t and we have been asking for the last 7 years.

BlakGamer64 said:

October 25th, 9:01 pm

All i can say is this update will of course no doubt have some features that obviously won’t be available at launch but hey never know they might surprise us :D

nutellapr said:

October 25th, 9:46 pm

To repackage an Android app using the BlackBerry Packager is as simple as completing the following steps:

– Set the permissions to allow your browser to run the packager applet.
– Run the compatibility test to determine whether your app is likely to run on a BlackBerry device.
– BlackBerry ID token and configure your computer
– Package and sign your app.


b1tters said:

October 25th, 10:17 pm

so as it stands now, some games allow you to listen to your own music on ps3 and some don’t.
does this mean the feature will return but only music unlimited will allow you to listen to music in games that don’t allow it, or music unlimited will now be the only way to listen to your own music

b1tters said:

October 25th, 10:19 pm

and omg number 153 so hard!

it’s a pain in the butt rolling through a screen of downloads through only recently bought/downloaded.

also what’s up with not being able to store wifi profiles? i take my ps3 to and from work, and everytime i connect i have to re enter the password #small-inconvenience-but-still-annoying-considering-my-laptop-and-phone-can-do-it

Broodn said:

October 25th, 11:17 pm

it’s to be expected at least it will be able to play games without the update unlike the Xbox One

Primalhaze said:

October 26th, 12:03 am

@73 , try this , http://www.gamepur.com/news/12500-ps4-hard-drive-tech-specs-upgrade-advice-performance-and-more.html

@86 , i feel that since release will be staggered by time zones for midnight launch , i don’t ( i hope ) think there will be grreat problems on update.

I really don’t care what They ( Sony ) do , i have waited 6 months for this beast.A few extra minutes will be nothing.
I WILL be a camping for mine on the 14th also.

CAN Not wait.

Syrlis said:

October 26th, 2:57 am

Please add CD support by version 2.0 so I can buy a PS4. If it is going to replace my PS3 as my central hub for media then CD is mandatory. Otherwise the PS4 is merely a device for PS4 games only as I will still use my PS3 for everything else, and I am not spending $400 to do that. I do not own a PC and would prefer not to, so PS4 needs to continue the trend PS3 started by being the hub for my media in the living room. It is literally the only thing lacking in the PS4 and its something easily remedied with soft as all the necessary hardware is their. I do not download or stream my music and I never will for as long as possible, so please stop trying to force this onto me.

O_oBLUNTEDo_O said:

October 26th, 4:54 am

Guess it’s time for me to get the PS VITA back!!


October 26th, 5:31 am

Am i the only one who here who thinks that they purposely locked basically functionality as some sort pre-launch security measure? You know, keep prying hands from getting an early, full next gen experience when the console gets to stock rooms of stores? Anyway, I have it all paid off now. Console and games. All this waiting is killing me at this point!

AlienAgent said:

October 26th, 6:07 am


YoungSpade141 said:

October 26th, 6:42 am

What mono headset???

PlatinumDragon7 said:

October 26th, 6:50 am

Yes it would be nice to have a comment about whether we can use something other than music unlimited for background music.

Arcadian_Rebel said:

October 26th, 7:30 am

How about Spotify support?

borricuosohm said:

October 26th, 8:59 am


mike030270 said:

October 26th, 9:16 am

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.”

Does this mean we can’t watch movies unless connected to internet?

The_Rick_14 said:

October 26th, 9:27 am

Suspend/Resume was one of my favorite features announced with the PS4. Is there any estimate on when we can expect that feature? Finding out three weeks before launch that a feature of the system doesn’t yet exist isn’t what I would call a good business practice.


October 26th, 9:32 am

@151: Bro, i feel you so much! But, i also feel Sony as well. As a person in the IT field, i CANNOT feasibly see how the hell it would be possible for them to maintain PS4’s online infrastructure for free. I mean, they have so much more stuff over PS3 now to worry about and with stuff like play as you DL and PS3 emulation on the way? Yeah, you can bet they will charge us and i can’t blame them for doing it. So i ain’t even mad!

ltn2150 said:

October 26th, 10:19 am

well if they gave us a few months trial or even say free only for specific times a few months [weekends free or like 3 times a month u get free online play] then id understand. But forcing us to pay for play online is really annoying cuz some of us have a low bandwidth and cant afford to get more

Apeman24 said:

October 26th, 10:32 am

Thank you for letting us know.

CommandingTiger said:

October 26th, 10:50 am

Can it support all Blue-tooth headsets?
Or will that be a later update?

anterobs_001 said:

October 26th, 11:33 am

I’m worried about the “primary system” thing in the FAQ.

If the primary system must be deactivated from itself, what I’m supposed to do if my PS4 “dies”?

I know I’m being paranoid, but better safe than sorry.

Xanzar said:

October 26th, 1:37 pm

Um has anyone figured out how to manage files wirelessly from the ps3 to the vita yet

race2winnet said:

October 26th, 2:19 pm

So basically it’s a black brick out of the box? Wow. This is so disappointing, just took most of the wind from my sail as far as my PS4 excitement goes.

i7myxjykey said:

October 26th, 3:08 pm

do I have to have ps plus or not to play online on the ps4

Primalhaze said:

October 26th, 3:49 pm

@175 For Multi player yes you do.

L1TTLE_DRO said:

October 26th, 3:54 pm

what’s with the update the system doesn’t get released till 11/15 ????? ps lets go 11/15

monkeybane said:

October 26th, 4:45 pm

come on peeps everything will be satisfactory its only a system its not like your life is going to be burned to the ground

Biiodoll said:

October 26th, 5:24 pm

Too bad I won’t be getting one for awhile >>

honkayjeezus said:

October 26th, 7:51 pm

You guys put this up on a Friday and then aren’t answering questions?

Why do you need an Internet connection to play Blurays, and why is the “suspend/resume” feature not available? Shady business.

Debizzle said:

October 26th, 8:51 pm

Oh boy this gonna be epic!!!

DarkOne_PR said:

October 27th, 2:00 am

I… cant believe… that the majority of these features are not out of the box! Sony WTF!? wasnt that simple to sell the systems with this update already installed?! For real… not kool.

BTW im not fighting for me bc this is not a problem for me. its a problem for ppl who doesnt have internet. Sony its delivering an incomplete console.

Sony I love u guys for standing for gamers and all and i support in every way i can… but this kind of things are not tolerable and things should be said straight. U DID WRONG with this.

DarkOne_PR said:

October 27th, 2:04 am

BTW sony update the d@MN vita! im getting tired of everytime i try to download something it gets freezed on the

“Downloading” pop u screen! Im really mad a t u guys right now. just letting u know. i praise u when u deserve praise and the same when u need to know u are pi$$in me off. Love u guys but for real fix this Sh!.t


October 27th, 4:21 am


DANO69 said:

October 27th, 8:06 am

This is why I won’t buy day 1 EXPERIMENTAL tech now a days….

Lesson learned for me after 2-ps3 bricks and 50 updates later…LOL

I’ll look for a PS4 next year (mabey) when it fully functions/reliable.

Well played on the “MU-PS PLUS” requirements sony…Good luck with that.

TwinDad said:

October 27th, 8:50 am

You only need to connect to the internet to register your Blu-Ray player. after that you no longer need a internet connection to play blu-rays. Maybe I misinterpreted what sony said, but this doesn’t seem to work out of the box with no internet.

I’m on hold for the PS4. I learned my lesson with Ps3, and the promises they made. Sure they delivered on most, but some they did not. Other features were taken away.

I’ll see what summer brings, and then evaluate what games are on the system and if I want to purchase. The lack of RPGs, was what changed my mind about launch purchase.

totaltank1O1 said:

October 27th, 9:15 am

aperntly <- (incorect spelling) my friend says that you have to pay in order to play with friends online like black ops zombies

Submish said:

October 27th, 9:59 am

I already have my Dualshock 4 so i’m ready!!!


October 27th, 10:50 am


BigBuddhaBoss said:

October 27th, 11:30 am

I’m very excited for the PS4. However by reading this article, I can understand why some people are going to be upset. Not including the Blu-Ray/DVD with the launch may be a bad idea. For those who have internet, it’s no trouble. For those who don’t, well, you can see where this is going. Now, I don’t know if that also includes the games we play (and I hope you can play games WITHOUT the 1.50 update), because if you can play the games without the update than that’s all that matters for now.

As for the music playing while playing a game, I really hope it’s not limited to just Music Unlimited. I have some songs on my PS3 that you couldn’t find on MU, and it was a real shame to not hear them over the course of the current generation.

If we could get some clarification, that would be outstanding!

From, a Day One PS4 Owner

PrinceofXIII said:

October 27th, 1:25 pm

you guys better patch up the ability to use custom wallpapers in the near future.

PS3, PSP, PS Vita has it.

why not PS4 as well?

and what about user pictures(when logging into an account)

will we be able to customize the picture as well just like the PS3???

Suhn-Sol-Jashin said:

October 27th, 1:45 pm

@1: That’s probably to prevent people from having jailbroken their ps4s and having access to all of those features.

honkayjeezus said:

October 27th, 1:53 pm

So many questions need answering, and $ony remains silent for the entire weekend, after releasing this info on a Friday?

Again, shady. The fact this was released in this way with no response WHATSOEVER is crazy. I have Internet so this is no problem for me, but that lock on Bluray and DVD play is crazy.

Let us play music of our own while playing games if the feature is available. You guys have been slipping since E3…

AND the the review event for PS4 under Sony’s eye a day before PS4 launch is downright Microsoft of you.

SpooNManX said:

October 27th, 4:45 pm

Sony is not commenting on if we can play our own music on the PS4. It’s turning out to be a platform for them to sell their pricey Music Unlimited service to us. To be honest I bought it,, at 75% off and I don’t care for it. There isn’t a single Beatles song (for example).

Seriously though, they REALLY should comment if this is not the case and we can in fact play music from our PS4 hdd. This was a great feature on the PS3 and to not include it would be a huge insult to PS4 owners.
I see about 30% of the comments on here asking and they are NOT answering so I suppose that’s our answer.

I am actually considering canceling my launch day reservation until they clear this up.

SpooNManX said:

October 27th, 4:48 pm

Just a fraction of the examples of others wanting to know about this…

+ boomstickbhg on October 25th, 2013 at 9:36 am said:
Hmm does this music unlimited thing mean we can’t just import our own CDs/mp3s to the system?

+ D-Squad3 on October 25th, 2013 at 10:09 am said:
WAIT WAIT WAIT, we won’t be able to play our OWN music that we have in our HDD?!!
That’s a huge disappointment.

+ Biggz124 on October 25th, 2013 at 10:53 am said:
Please please, please allow us to play our music from the hard drive in the background!

+ auskyem on October 25th, 2013 at 11:05 am said:
So, the Background music player can’t play music off HDD or DLNA media servers?

+ Haskell420 on October 25th, 2013 at 11:55 am said:
If I read this right, my blood is beginning to BOIL and I know I WILL BE 1 OF THE THOUSANDS WHO ARE GOING TO BE FUMING.

+ kidhero99 on October 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm said:
No ingame music without paying for the unlimited service?

averyt3000 said:

October 27th, 4:55 pm

I have misgivings about how they worded the one about the Blu-Ray DVD Player. The way its worded makes it sound like the player won’t work for either games or movies until you connect it to the internet. Sony probably wouldn’t do that though…..would they?

BigBuddhaBoss said:

October 27th, 6:38 pm

Referring to what I said above, there are two things that I, and others, need answers to:

1) Will not having the Blu-Ray/DVD part of the 1.50 Patch affect the ability to play games? Meaning, do we need the patch JUST to watch Blu-Ray or DVD products, or do we need the patch to watch the said two AND play PS4 games?

2) Is Music Unlimited the ONLY way to listen to music while gaming? Or, can we listen to our music during frag sessions from music we stored on our HDD? Or even both?

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