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.

PS4 Theme: Paper Scalpture (Top)
PS4 Theme: Paper Scalpture (Bottom)

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PS4 Theme: Rectangle (Bottom)PS4 Theme: Spiral (Bottom)

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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    I am very happy to see all the changes coming in the 2.0 update! I do have a question however about the themes. Will I be able to install custom made themes?

  • change or psn id please!

  • I do not understand the point of this update, I have a ps4 and a console nearly 10 years old, is called ps3, my older console has all these features and more !! why people are so excited about this ??

  • Why not add SENSEME for PSVITA and PS4 Media Player please #Sony #Playstation

  • @rickbarrerah not if ya got an LED tv. with led you get zero reflect from light bar

  • Beserk_Hobo

    Hey Guys, update is looking good, is there a planned release date for AU?
    Also can you make the NHL Gamecenter app available for Australian users, id perfer not to have to make a fake us account and log into that everytime i want to use it.

    other than that, thanks for being rad.

  • I like the update. I really do but…. We should be able to switch our gamertag. Its kind of annoying having the same one for 8 years. PLEASE SUGGEST THIS

  • StormShadow74

    No exact dates are known for Masamune’s life and he has reached an almost legendary status.

  • mariobaracus87

    Sony please, make compatible the bluetooth headseth PS3 on the PS4¡¡¡¡

  • Jorge-Nieve_Bat

    This is a great list of things for the PS4,but please, Sony I would appreciate video chat. Just like what the PS3 had. I would love you so much more if you guys hear me and add this feature in.

  • When they going to let us watch TV while we play me xb1
    But I never get a response

  • I just want to say LONG LIVE SONY PLAYSTATION!!!!!

  • WHEN!?!?!?!

  • This is all great to see coming. But what about fixing some of the problems that exists at the moment. I still have to change my input when I want to play a dvd. This is only a issues with many new 120hrz Tvs and the 4k.

  • yosoylindo445

    hello, thanks for the news amd i just wonder about the music in the PS3 , can i play game while am listen music in my PS3 to?

  • deadwrong313

    Im giving up on sony so much cant even give a release date for this 2.0 update wich features should have ben on the ps4 its ben a year stop teasing thats so lame still doing more on a ps3 maby i should have got a xbox1 at least they dont hide as much shall i say release dates for there firmware keep up at this rate sony you guys really listen to the customers lol yeah freakin rite!!!!

  • The update sounds great, but would love the the ability to sort things out a bit better ala folders or some other way. I’m missing the XMB OS now. In many ways the PS4 is obviously better than the PS3 but at the same time in many ways it’s also behind.

  • The update sounds amazing. But come on sony, when are you going to be able to download previous games bought from the PS3 library? i know most of us have spent lots of money on games downloaded to out accounts but once upgraded to the 4 we can’t get those games. I know there is playstation now but you have to spend MORE money on those games and half of them I don’t even want to play.

  • suicidal_sloth2

    we need to be able to set a background pic like on ps3 for the home screen not just differant colours

  • Call me a relic from the 80′s but I need to be able to rip the CDs I buy so I can listen to them from the hdd. I pretty much expect PS4 to be doing everything it’s predecessor does (minus ps3 BD Game support of course). One wonders if this play mp3s etc from a usb stick only malarchie has something to do with Music Unlimited and it’s interests getting in the way. XBox One is looking a lot more enticing every week nothing happens and I never thought I would go over to the green side but myeh

  • poolshark94

    im looking forward to being able to listen to my own music. can you consider an update on the store front at some point to either create a wishlist or save for later type of thing. there are plenty of times i see a game i want to buy but just not at that moment and would like to save it for another time instead of having to search for it again.

  • We need the ability to back up our downloaded games , videos etc…. all other stuff are not important …..

  • oh i would also like to see PS Home on ps4 soon too!
    my ps3 cant handle it anymore its so laggy cuz i have a
    million and one items lulz…

  • we need playstation home on ps4

  • ok so here is my list of what i want to see in the near future either 2.0 or right after…

    1. Folder creation
    2. Multimedia support
    3. DNLA and UPnP support
    4. PS Home integration
    5. PS App versatility (use Droid as a controller)

    Themes and youtube are great but i already use Ustream and i dont care to much about themes…

  • 6. the ability to transfer our PS3/PSN digital games to PS4

  • Ok am so happy that PlayStation listening 2 us all but am tired of looking at that wallpaper every time i turns on my p4 come drop 2.00 already i don’t want 2 wait nomore !!!!!!!!!!! PlayStation ? Can u use the ps vita for the music while u playing ps4 when u drop the new update

  • im really thankful for this update but still it should have been in day 1:) but can we buy & download movies from psn

  • BlkSuperman86

    Are there any kits/downloads/instructions we can use to create our own themes and import them? Or are the themes only available from PSN?

  • jaywolf2015

    I think we should be able to record voice via live stream or capture card on PS4

  • l_BloodRage_l

    Is there a release date for this yet?

  • Only a USB music player? This doesn’t sound like it will work for Sounds of the Show in MLB The Show.

  • October 28 is the release date!

  • CommandingTiger

    I would like to know if it was possible to get the PS TV to stream PS4 games in full native resolution 1080p with an update.
    I know that the PS TV can stream Netflix in 1080p, and since it’s the PS4 that is doing all the work, maybe it could be displayed in 1080p if possible. A lot of people would appreciate.

  • Refigerater

    Just a suggestion:I think alongside the release of the new “USB Music” you should add a feature to listen to your music while viewing an awesome ever changing live dynamic background similar to the 360’s ability to do so but I can assure you that with the power and ability of the PS4 that you awesome Sony workers could make it much – Much – better than just that, I mean let the live dynamic background be in tuned with the music to where the song reaches a guitar solo the live dynamic background goes absolutely CRAZY and then at soft moments like simple singing to singe guitar strokes the live dynamic background will stay calm while at the same time stay in tuned with the music.Thats all.

  • JohnBarzoom

    Yes, well, how about addressing the state of the PSN store? I have owned a PS4 for two weeks, and I would say I have access to the store less than 50% of the time. I pay for this service, but I have yet to see any messages, acknowledgements by Sony that this is an ongoing, unresolved problem. The PS4 is an amazing machine, but I am disappointed and frustrated by the lack of accountability in this area.

  • What is the app would have the psn store in the app that would be amazing . And also a better iPad experience.

  • What I would like to know about the Music through USB:

    Does this mean that the forthcoming WWE 2K15 for PS4 is going to allow us to have custom music as entrances by having the music on our USB?

  • Ok we were given this blog to comment on the new release of the version 2.0, and we all gave our hearts desire what needed to be added and what is missing and also highlighting problem areas. Next week seems to be the date of release (28 October) but absolutely nothing has been amended in the list of given specs Sony has already gave us, even tho the words were, “we are listening” Myself cant wait for the release and what is probably the best thing is the share play feature, but its really sad that we as community was asked to give input, where only the first page was looked at and the rest was totally ignored. Why ask input, or what are your thoughts, and how can we make it better, but no one is listening or even reading this. The side column blue..”don’t be a jerk” BUT at this very moment i feel like you guys (Sony) are being the jerk here not to follow and respond or even also just jump in and say, this will be in the next update, we hear you, or this cant be done at the moment ect ect.

  • Iamthelight182

    I am new to the PS4 and am loving everything you guys are doing with it, but, one big thing I would love to see is the ability to buy ps one classics. I am a major Final Fantasy VII fan and would love nothing more then to download it to my PS4 and step back into my childhood every now and again. Thank you in advance and I look forward to future updates and more ways to enjoy my new system.

  • really cooming tuesday the 28th?

  • PS4 Magazine : DE says ” As previously announced, the #PS4 will be available online #Firmware 2.0 called “Masamune” on the 28.10!

  • ericquaresma

    I just wish to pause my downloads

  • PS4’s Major 2.0 Update Arrives Next Week With Share Play, Themes, and Custom Soundtracks
    The next system update for PlayStation 4, v2.00, will be released next Tuesday, October 28, Sony announced.

  • I am still a bit disappointed that, a year in, we do not have better support for Bluetooth headsets. Surely, I cannot be the only one that prefers a mobile phone-style in-ear headset, like the Official Playstation 3 headset? My setup already includes a high-end surround sound system, and I just shouldn’t have to forgo that to use a stereo headset, or use a lower-quality wired mono earpiece.

  • Hi Sony could u all so possibly add a new feature so that we could watch Movies that we already own on a portable hard drive so that we could wathc through the PS4 system Please & thank-you sincerely Gamer NARUTO2369

  • ADD FOLDERS or stop updating the system IMHO. I HATE using my PS4. The side scrolling user interface is astonishingly bad; if you were competing against any company but Microsoft, who are even worse at interface design than you are, this would actually be breaking sales.

    I only fire up my PS4 to grab free PS+ content but I’m not buying any new titles for it until it doesn’t anger me every time I try to use it.

  • What’s up, Im very happy this update is so close to being released now but i have a question can i plug a tb external hard drive usb 3.0 into the ps4 and play my music off it? I have a huge library of music and i wanna be able to play all my songs.Another question is will we get usb video support?

  • The thing I care about most(like MANY others) is VIDEO SUPPORT ON USB FLASH DRIVES.
    So where is it?!
    ..but you listen to us huh?

    This is quickly becoming a PS3 cross game chat event.

    Will this feature take until PS5 to implement, just like the chat feature did?
    ..because despite what you say, you DIDN’T care what the users had to say then.
    If you actually do now…prove it!
    Give us video support and stop procrastinating.
    With a cherry if it will help, ugh!

  • Oh and what about organizing and locking?
    The library is a hot mess and I would like to be able to prevent accidental deletion of files, games and data.

    …and for some damn reason the destiny beta will not delete from my library. It’s been uninstalled, and is no longer available but the installation file will not go away.
    Soooo frustrating.

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