New Features Coming to PS4 Firmware 2.00

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Sony has dropped some more information on the upcoming system software update for the PlayStation 4. Along with the previously announced features, which can be found here, the following features will be added.

There are a lot of new features coming so here are the bullet points from the PlayStation Blog:

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.

In Addition to the PS4 update, The PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV will update their firmware to 3.35 and this will enable Live with PlayStation streams to be viewed on both platforms and four player Remote Play support for the PlayStation TV. The PlayStation App itself will see an update and redesign for Tablets.

That covers a lot of stuff that owners of the PlayStation 4 have wanted since day one, but do you feel like there is anything missing or anything that the PlayStation 4 could use in the future? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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  • ChazzH69

    I wonder why the Back Up Data feature has been removed from this update? I hope we get it soon.

    Back-up data: Data on PS4 can be backed up and resorted using USB storage. This will back up all data for the console, including settings, save data, screenshots, video clips, download data, and more.