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Friday, October 25, 2013
PS4 Firmware Update To Add New Features To The Upcoming Console


Sony will release an essential day one system software update version 1.50 for PlayStation 4 (PS4) system simultaneously with the official North American launch of the system on November 15, 2013.

The PS4 system offers powerful graphics and speed, integrated social capabilities, and second-screen features utilizing devices such as the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) system.

The system software update 1.50 will be 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). Sony anticipates 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 gameplay by 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 enables 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.
  • 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 join a game from a live stream broadcast or Party voice chats.
  • Blu-ray Disc and DVD player
    Users can enjoy 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. Sony said it would 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 in the near future.

Product name

PlayStation 4

Color

Jet Black

Product code

CUH-1000A series

Release Date

North America   November 15, 2013

Europe   November 29, 2013

Latin America November 29, 2013

Recommended retail price

 US$ 399, Canada$ 399, € 399, and £ 349

Main processor

Single-chip custom processor

CPU :  x86-64 AMD "Jaguar",  8 cores

GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS,  AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine

Memory

GDDR5 8GB

Storage size

500GB Hard disk drive

External dimensions

 

Approx.  275×53×305 mm (width × height × length)

(excludes largest projection)

Mass

Approx. 2.8 kg

BD/ DVD drive

(read only)

BD × 6 CAV

DVD × 8 CAV

Input/ Output

Super-Speed USBx (USB 3.0) port × 2

AUX port × 1

Networking

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) ×1

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)

Power

AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz

Power consumption

Max. 250W

Operating Temperature

5 ºC – 35ºC

AV output

HDMI out port

DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

Included

PlayStation 4 system × 1

Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4) × 1

Mono headset × 1

AC power cord × 1

HDMI cable × 1

USB cable × 1



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