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PS4 System Software 3.00 Features Detailed, Beta Starts Today

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PS4 System Software 3.00 Features Detailed, Beta Starts Today

We’ve been busy preparing our next major system software update for PS4, version 3.00 (codename: Kenshin). The update is packed with content, and we wanted to give you a quick glance at its key features.

If you were selected for our beta program, you’ll get to see these features first-hand very soon. Keep in mind, some of this content might not make it into the final version — that’s why we’re having a beta, after all. We’ve added new ways to connect with friends and players around the world, expanding the social capabilities of the system even further.

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  • Online storage capacity increase — PS4 online storage capacity has increased from 1GB to 10GB for all PS Plus members. In 3.00 system software, you’ll see that we added a handy usage meter to monitor your available storage capacity, and a new Auto-Upload menu has been added to Application Saved Data Management.
  • YouTube live — PS4 owners will be able to livestream gameplay to YouTube. Livestreams will be viewable across YouTube, including on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.
  • Events — A new hub for events has been added, giving an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, you may see an update for a Double XP weekend, a special enemy appearing at a scheduled time, or seasonal events like in-game towns being decorated for the winter. You’ll also receive notifications when the event starts, or if the timing changes.
  • Favorite Groups — Favorite Groups has been added to the Friends app, letting you quickly access groups of people you like to play games with frequently. This will make the process of getting a game session up and running even easier.
  • Communities — PS4 users will have the ability to create communities based around shared interests, like games, genres, and more. Communities include a message board with general discussion, screenshots shared by players, and the ability to join parties / games. If you want to tackle a big multiplayer raid, but don’t have enough friends available, this could be a great way to connect with other players who are looking for the same thing.
  • Sharing video clips to Twitter — Users will have the ability to share video clips directly to Twitter. Maximum video length is 10 seconds, though you’ll have the ability to trim longer clips.
  • Stickers — Tired of typing out messages? With this update, you’ll be able to send stickers to friends through your messages.
  • Now Playing / What’s New — The Now Playing screen will display even more information about what your friends are doing, and you’ll be able to quickly jump into a game, party, request a screen share, or get sent to the PS Store to buy the game your friend is playing – further enhancing the social relationship with your friends online.
  • Live from PlayStation — We’ve improved the Live From PlayStation app, making it easier to view popular trending broadcasts in real time.
  • Request to watch gameplay — Want to view a friend’s gameplay session? Now you can send a ‘Request to Watch’ notification to a player. (Updated text)

There’s more included in this update, but that’s a quick glance at some of the items we’re excited about the most. We’ll be back with more info about Kenshin soon, including the launch timing.

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  • saintdragon666

    SFV is making its home on PS4 and many fighters are making the PS4 is home. Is it possible to make the Dual Shock 4 connect to the PS4 through the USB connection? If its possible this should be updated to have that option. Currently the DS4 always connects to the PS4 through blue tooth and blue tooth interferences happens at events.

  • Shh… you had me at “online storage capacity increase…” Let’s hug.

  • Goodacre0081

    question #1 have all the invites been sent out?

    question#2 will you have waves of invites going out in the coming weeks?

    • Andrew Kelly

      We’re only just starting to send out invites, and they haven’t all been sent yet. Majority of people should have them by tomorrow (Sept 2).

  • We still have the issue that you can’t upload videos, etc. simply because your Upload notifications filled up. You can’t turn off notifications being put in the list, you can only turn off whether they show up as a notification on screen as they happen. You can only delete each notification one at a time, there is no way to delete multiple. Every single upload to your PS+ storage gets added, so periodically you have to delete these notifications if you want to be able to post videos, etc. The failure message when you can’t Upload gives no indication that the actual problem is that your Upload Notifications list is full.

    Hopefully, this gets addressed in 3.0

  • im Beta test worthy.Right?

  • FOLDERS PLEASE.

  • Please please tell me there is friend notifications somewhere in there..

  • 1GB to 10GB, that’s all you needed to say and I was sold. *You had me at Hello GIF*

  • Tinyshade_QC

    WOW 10GB online storage!! AWESOME!

  • AmericanNinja1

    How will we know if we got selected for the beta?

    • Andrew Kelly

      If you were selected, you’ll receive an invite with instructions on downloading the beta via email.

  • soldiercell

    Only feature I like here is favorite groups. I’d like to see friend notifications and avatars on PS4 please.

  • “Online storage capacity increase”.

    We have needed this for so long. Thank you! I filled mine up within 3 days of getting my PS4 with the racing game and little big planet taking up about 700 MB all by themselves.

    Thank you thank you thank you. I got tired of playing the balancing act of deleting saves so that my important ones would get saved. I had to delete games I liked because they took too much space for online storage. It will be great to be able to download and play them again.

  • ShadowZombie1030

    Still absolutely no way to change your psn id, appear offline, or get a notification when friends come online. Great :)

  • What about being able to send short video clips via messages. That’d be great.

  • DragonIrons

    Has anyone asked for any of this crap besides the You tube bit???? This is a gaming console not a social app……. >.>

    And how bout fixing the damn system so the theme wallpaper doesn’t get replaced by a blank backround if the controller’s idle for 5 minutes???? And no, this has nothing to do with the screensaver (which I have off and all that does is dim the screen). I WANT TO SEE THE FEW THEMES I ACTUALLY BOUGHT WITHOUT REACHING FOR THE CONTROLLER CONSTANTLY!

  • Shadow_Xros

    So still no support for showing when friends are watching netflix or something? There is no worse feeling than being that “jerk” who invites people to parties while they are just watching something and don’t want to be bugged.

  • DragonIrons

    and yes id like to know when my real life friends actually get online as well…… ps3 does this…….

  • Painkiller360

    I’m ready for my beta invite!

  • The cloud storage increase is all I’m interested in. It would be nice if the layout for the PS4 were more like the PS3. I was able to create folders for content and arrange it to be much nicer than the PS4’s horizontal turd of recent apps and social junk I can’t remove from the menu.

  • I forgot to add… please encourage developers to not store game replays and data that can easily be redownloaded to online storage. Little big planet 3 is a big offender for storing too much data (I assume from the import of LBP 2 data from ps3). Driveclub is a big offender for storing replays on online storage. I do not want to clutter up online storage with replays.

    • Yes. There should be a way for devs to mark certain save types (replays, ghosts) as special types that either don’t upload automatically to online storage, or which the user can mark as non-uploadable types.

  • These are all very nice features and I am excited for them, but the one feature I want the most is an old feature that PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has and that’s getting notified when a friend gets online. Xbox One brought this feature with it. Why can’t PS4 do the same.

  • GaMeCuBeFLOP

    Why is PNG Screenshots absent for the North America blog??

    • Was PNG support announced on the EUR blog?

      This would be a great thing so Im Hoping they add it.

  • Love the update, but I feel it’s lacking something… We still really need folders and the ability to pin favorite games/apps to the front library.

    A public API or a Mac app for PSN messaging would be especially appreciated.

  • Is request to watch a private broadcast between friends or does it just start a public twitch broadcast?

  • I have a 2 TB HDD in my PS4 and now have 508 GB left. When are we getting external HDD support like XBOX One?!?! Some of us gone all digital with our games and don’t wanna redownload entire games. :-(

    • DragonIrons

      first off genius… it doesn’t matter if u went digital since discs do full installs as well…. although I would say you’re a brainwashed fool falling for the “Digitial is better” crap. 10 years from now even if PSN went poof, I can still install my discs….

      Second, what the hell are you whining about? A 2 TB hard drive can store about 45 or 50 REAL PS4 games (with like 35 gig files sizes on average…. not tiny indies…)….. I have a 2 TB drive as well. You have more then 50 games you always play? Just keep what you’re most likely to play installed…..

      Third…. people kept begging for this crap with the PS3. They never did it then and arent’ going to do it now.

    • DragonIrons

      not to mention digital’s more expensive….. which makes no sense whatsoever…..

    • @DragonIrons: 1) It takes too long to remove the disc from its case, insert it into PS4, replace the old one, and then start the game.

      2) I don’t want my small apartment to look like the Bibliothèque National of games anymore.

    • DragonIrons

      That was a joke right? Or you really that lazy you can get up for 30 seconds?

    • DragonIrons

      can’t* get up….. >.>

  • OMG, the 10GB cloud storage is greatly welcomed! I’ve been in need of more space for quite some time since the save files are much larger this generation :)

  • DwightSchrute12

    10 GB FINALLY CUE THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS

    Please add folders, I would really really like to put all the stuff that you won’t let me delete into one folder. Or, you can let me delete them? Your call. But please. I’m tired of seeing the video app pushed to the top every Tuesday, among other things.

  • So have the beta emails been sent out already or are they going to be sent out?

    Imma be upset if i dont get in on it :(

  • Look to be a really great update :) I give a try to ask a way to choose to use our own internet to remote play with the vita. The network come from the ps4 is not strong enough. Thank again :)

  • how do I know if I’m invited?

  • Plasma_SonicBOOM

    can u guys plz let us change our region!!!! plz plz plz

  • airJordan_Xx

    Playstation what ever happen to the feature where you try every game in the p’s store for free like a trial d avid Perry went on stage on ps4 reve around the 30minute mark l and said every game you would be able to try for free and buy only games you liked with the power of gaikia

  • ThE_FalleN_HeleL

    Hoping I can get into the beta for this as well. Been loving my PS4 since launch.

  • Thank you, thank you for listening to our requests for more online storage! Pants will fit again!

  • For gods sake when will we get a notification for friends getting online??? I mean come on, even the PS3 can do this. Who the hell missed putting this in??

  • Will we be able to mark a pre-order date or release dates for games in the event app?

  • isawesome514

    Finally will be able to stream on YouTube

  • Just realized this even update is timed perfectly befor Halloween. Man I hope there are some good Halloween events. :)

  • spacedelete2

    when will we get PS1 and PS2 emulation for PS4 ? please don’t tell me thats it from the post.

  • sony there’s a long list of things that people want that aren’t on this list (online notifications, hide online status, folders, etc.) as well as things that you have on the system that don’t even work right (share play, controllers auto-off, rest mode breaking things). it would be great if you would add/fix these things before adding in even more stuff that probably won’t work right

  • crotstunsun

    been waiting for more feature for the now playing thing. But Im still waiting a feature to make online status like invisible or something like that

  • 10GB Storage? Sweat :P
    But shame still no –
    ‘Custom folders’
    +
    i would like to View my Trophies when off-line to(i.e like you can on the PS3)
    +
    Appear off-line on the PS4 to would be Cool(i would rather have those 3 features 1st really than all that social stuff)

  • Some great additions here, super excited!

    Just wondering, will folder functionality ever come to the UI?

  • SeminoleNative

    These features look amazing. I hope I get selected for beta as I’m excited to try them out.

  • May I suggest PSone and PS2 emulation for a future update? This stuff is cool, and I will use these new features, but it doesn’t get me excited, you know? Compatibility with Playstation classics would be amazing.

  • Still waiting on that twitch app just saying.

  • Great list of features, but I desperately need:

    Custom folders
    *Friends Online/offline notification and custom sub-group friend list sorting
    *****Appear offline option*****
    External HDD support for both backups and running games
    Custom wallpaper
    Trophy sorting
    *****Auto sync trophies*****
    Offline trophy list
    Make pancakes and hash browns

    If this favorites feature allows us to create as many groups as we want, then scratch that off the list.

  • Since we’re talking about streaming, there’s one suggestion I’d like to bring up.

    And that’s with the streaming interface. I’m fine with seeing the chat and stuff (and those watching from Live on PlayStation), but if we’re watching directly on Twitch itself, I should be able to see ONLY the game screen and not all the extra stuff (especially since I’m sure most chatting is done through Twitch itself and not through the PS4).

    This also applies to YouTube streaming too.

    And while we’re at it, think you guys can work some magic to make 60fps recording/streaming possible?

    • Also: Glad to see the online storage addressed (will this apply to PS3 and PSV owners too?)! I literally ran out of space last night and had to delete some replay/ghost data from #DRIVECLUB, so this is a much needed improvement!

      Now where are my custom wallpapers?

  • bigperm1989

    Sony this update is cool in all, but where is the game folder feature, and the most requested friend online notification feature. WTF, this is what happens when your console sells well over the competition, u get big headed and stop listening to what the cosumers have been requesting for 2 years.

  • Appear “Offline” or “Busy” or “Away” would be nice for a status when we are logged into out PS4’s. Come on Sony, Steam and Microsoft have this…its useful.

    Also a PS1 or PS2 emulator would be nice as many have said.

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