PS4 System Software 2.00 Preview: USB Music, Home Screen Colors

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PS4 System Software 2.00 Preview: USB Music, Home Screen Colors
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You may already know that PS4’s upcoming system software 2.00, codenamed Masamune, adds some big features including Share Play, YouTube support, and Themes – but the updates don’t end there. I have personally stated in past blog posts that we listen to our fans. PlayStation has heard gamers when they say they want more ways to find friends to play with, and more ways to personalize their PS4. With this update, we’ve added a Players You May Know tile, the ability to listen to your music while gaming, the option to change the look of your PS4 experience, and easier ways to sort and filter your library of content on PS4.

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PS4 has been on sale for almost a year and we’re committed to improving the player experience in entirely new ways. As always, we welcome feedback as part of our ongoing effort to make PS4 the best place to play.

  • USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP.
  • Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray.
  • Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know as potential friends in the ‘What’s New’ section.
  • Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts.
  • Content Area and Library: PS4’s Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player’s most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player’s Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date.
  • Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and ‘All Commands,’ to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including “Start broadcast,” “End broadcast,” and “Find face.”
  • Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an ‘Add to Library’ button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner’s library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive.

Correction: Back Up Data, a feature listed in an earlier version of this post, is not part of PS4 system software 2.00.

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PS Vita and PS TV – 3.35 update, Live From PlayStation

The PS Vita and PS TV systems will also receive a system software update to version 3.35 with the same timing as Masamune, adding four-player Remote Play support to PS TV. In addition, the Live from PlayStation app, which allows users to watch live gameplay streams from PS4 systems, will be available on both PS Vita and PS TV alongside this update.

PlayStation App 2.0 update

The PlayStation App for smartphones and tablets, available free on the App Store and Google Play, is also set to receive an update to version 2.0 within the same launch window as both the PS4 and PS Vita system software updates. This update provides a new layout for tablets, and the app’s home screen has been redesigned.

Stay tuned for more information on Masamune. We can’t wait for everyone to try it!

* User can play music files stored inside USB storage but cannot copy music files to PS4 HDD. This application cannot be used at the same time with Music Unlimited. USB Music Player will appear once USB storage is inserted, and will disappear once USB storage is removed.

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  • This is something that we all have been waiting for. Thank you Sony for listening! :)

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      Thanks Frozone – keep in mind this is revealing a bit more about the update but it is not the full list yet – more to come!

  • What? No video file support or DNLA?

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      This is a personal ‘must have’ for me as well. I will say that DLNA will be great when it arrives.

  • Good solid update.
    If only we can get a PSN upgrade. It runs horrible with PS4.

    Also please take note on Xbox One’s new Media Player app. Please let that be next.

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      We look at all media apps and other features but we also look at how people are using the PS4 and how can we make that experience better for our gamers. Sometimes this means leaving cakes in the oven a little longer…


    Can’t wait to use share play!

  • overlordtico

    Amazing, can’t wait. It was long overdue

  • And AGAIN: Can we PLEASE change our PSN I.D.????????????????????????????????????????????????

    It’s not we’ve been asking for this feature for like 8 years. Oh, wait…

  • TheNonBeliever

    so the usb music player also plays videos?

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      The USB player functionality will support music files at the 2.0 update.

  • DudeInDistress

    This is awesome!!

    Hats off to all the people working there!

    (Just curious tho, why only fromUSB, why not copy directly to HDD? Ay particular reason? Better a. Itching but if am still curious lol.

  • Where is the YouTube update for PS4?

  • Lash_Whipwreck

    any idea on a date for the 2.00 update.

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      We have not yet announced a date. That said we don’t want you guys playing some of the biggest games of the year without the biggest update of the year.

  • Sniper_Brandoh

    Finally, this should have been out on DAY ONE!!!!

  • When will it release? And psn is brpoken please fix it!

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      See above comment for release timing. Know PSN is with issues at the moment. The team is on it.

  • And now what about a video player app? Or support for bluetooth remote controls? I’m hoping that the features will one day catch up with what the PS3 can do so I don’t have to keep switching between between consoles for different functions.

  • Hopefully the next update will add folders for the content area.

  • The most important, is there DLNA support?

  • TheWayOfTheAK

    STAY TUNED for more information?! How much longer do we have to wait?! I mean props for listening to us and finally giving us content that we want, but we need more transparency on firmware release windows.

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      We don’t want to make promises we can’t keep. Timing will be confirmed when there’s no chance of it changing. We really do have you guys in mind when we make these kinds of timing decisions.

  • Big_Boss9293

    Can I plug in my iPhone to play music? or only USB?

  • are we gonna be able to stop and pause our downloads. we need that.

  • What about .MKV files support?? The “other” system now does it, you know… =/

  • airJordan_Xx

    Awesome I still waiting on for a couple more things
    1. Ds4 goes in wired mode while plug in by sub
    2 better online features like skilled based matchmaking,reputation system etc
    3. A friends organizer like people you meet in a specific game your real friends etc
    4. More apps like a twich app were I can watch differnt streams like cs:go

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      Great suggestions! couple things –
      skill based matchmaking –
      PS lets publishers / developers choose the server system they want to use that works best for their titles. Currently if we were to make one giant matchmaking system, we would limit the freedoms being given to developers who rely on these freedoms to provide you guys with the best experiences. We are looking into a ‘best of both worlds’ opportunity but currently prioritizing the best experience each game can offer.

      Sorting games/ friends data is also a top discussion.

  • Fix the ps store bug it’s very very annoying I’m sure sony is already aware from all of the complaints but after launching a game you can’t enter the store the only workaround is to reboot the console which is not fun.

    Also what about being able to use music cd’s on the console is this never going to happen ??? Also why does the PS3 load blu ray movies faster than the PS4 shouldn’t this be the opposite.

    Will any free themes be provided for ps4 or will they all be paid themes only?

  • well played Sony. well played

  • Hopefully the 3.35 update for PS TV fixes the Remote Play issues a lot of us are having. It’s just a few steps behind the Vita in quality when it comes to RP.

  • how is “Back Up Data” different from before?
    I thought we could do that previously? – the only thing I remember we can’t do is to restore the screenshots we took or something like that

  • MaximMicheal

    YES!! Thank you Sony but please fix the PSN and could we see an future update that will support CDs, photos, videos and DNLA support?

  • honkayjeezus

    Awesome news. I take it the mp4 playback implies some basic video play, possibly including mkv?

  • PlanetSurvival

    All I have to say is thank you, Sony. Thank you for listening.

  • I don’t ask for much.Just let us use multiple accounts on PSV, just like on PS3/PS4.

  • Great can’t wait, but when backwards capability for PS1/PS2 is coming?

  • mastorofpuppetz

    Still no friend notifications, Pause downloads, No folders??? The Ui on ps4 is a brutal mess with no organization wow. Xbox got DLNA with plex and MKV support we still cannot organize our folders or see friends coming online. Sony is alseep at the wheel.

  • Still no DLNA support? Come on Sony!

  • CapJSheridan

    When will we get an update for PS Vita with more PSOne Classics?

  • Can we have a date? A month? Anything other than soon? Please Soony.

  • on August 12, you teased update 2.0. Here it is over two months later and another blog post. Do we have a date or just more “stay tuned”?…

  • Finally…

  • mastorofpuppetz

    @29….it is never coming and is not needed, no one buys a new system to play old games, keep your ps3…or use ps now. Most overrated gaming feature ever.

  • I want download pausing and offlline\online psn list like ps3. I also want all the xbox ones updates on ps4.

  • Well I’m excited! I like that the music player pulls from a USB so as to not take up HDD space, this is a good compromise. Thanks for the upcoming update, very appreciated!

  • well dont you want to save your harddrive for games? i wouldnt want to use up all the space on my harddrive with Videos and Music since PS4 games are huge compared to PS3

  • @36&@29: PSNow…

  • …oh, and the themes and color options is also great, thanks again, Sony!

    • Scott McCarthy
      Scott McCarthy

      I have a Themes surprise coming for everyone on 2.0 launch day. No I am not going tell you what it is.

  • Please let us copy music to the hard drive like ps3 did. Ps4 only has two ports as it is. That’s not enough for the pulse wireless headset dongle and charging two move controllers, the headset, a ds4 and now this

  • StuiiePwnsYou

    Please let this be the reason PSN is down.

  • When will this be available?!?

  • @42: You could add a hub…

  • @28 i know. Sony quit shafting ps vita owners like me . We want multiple accounts

  • Also another feature that would be nice is after reading a message on my PS3 or ps4 it is than unchecked meaning read I don’t want to read messages twice on each console.

  • rickbarrerah

    I just want to be able to turn off the goddamned light bar
    its completely useless and it reflects on the screen on lo light games
    dim option doesn’t cut it

  • Still no word on logitech g27 wheel suppprt then ??????

  • xCh0z3n-0n3x

    Give us a date damn it! lol i hope it’ll be out within a week or less. waiting for this kind of stuff sucks!

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