The next software update for the PlayStation 4 comes this week, and includes new features like Share Play, USB Music player, and more!
This week the PlayStation 4 will be getting a serious overhaul thanks to Software Update 2.00. Codenamed “Masamune”, possibly a reference to the great Japanese swordsman of the same name, the latest software update has long list of improvements coming to the PS4’s operating system, and importantly among them all is Share Play.
That feature alone is just the tip of the “software update 2.00” ice burg when it goes live on Tuesday (October, 28th), as the list of additions also include Custom Themes, the ability to play music via a USB memory stick, exporting videos to YouTube, and the whole lot below provided by the official PlayStation Blog:
Share Play – A “virtual couch.” PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game, even when they don’t own a copy of it. You’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. This way, you could play local co-op modes with a friend even if they aren’t at your house. Share Play also lets you jump into a game to assist a friend, taking over their controller.
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.
Themes & Colors: Personalize your home screen background with select themes and colors. As a big thank-you to the PlayStation Nation, we want to kick-start your dynamic theme options by giving away a theme for two of the biggest titles gamers will be playing on PlayStation 4 this fall; Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Both themes will be available for download on Tuesday.
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.
YouTube: Upload your gameplay highlights directly from PS4 to YouTube by clicking the “SHARE” button on DualShock 4. In addition, a YouTube app for PS4 will be available to download from the PlayStation Store.
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.
Sony also has other software updates planned for the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, and PlayStation smartphone app this week, most of which lend some of the exact features above to each gadget, and you can learn more about them at the PlayStation Blog.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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