PlayStation 4 system update 2.00 to bring USB Music Player, home screen colors & More!
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 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 in the ‘What’s New’ section, recommending gamers your friends frequently play with.
• 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.
• 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.
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!
Scott McCarthy - Director, Product Planning & Software Innovation, SCEA
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The Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle Announced for Europe
We’re really pleased to confirm that we will be releasing a PS4 bundle for The Last of Us Remastered in Europe! It has a €429.99 RRP and will include the following:
• The Last of Us Remastered
• PlayStation 4
• DualShock 4
Grab your interest? Check your local retailers for listings to pre-order now.
Glacier White PlayStation 4 Destiny Bundle
Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that it will introduce the first color variation for PlayStation 4(PS4) in “Glacier White,” which will be available worldwide starting this fall. Peripheral lineups will also expand with the “Glacier White” DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and Vertical Stand, in addition to DualShock 4 in the color “Urban Camouflage.”
In North America, Latin America and Europe, PS4 in “Glacier White” will be available as part of a bundle pack featuring Destiny, a highly anticipated title developed by Bungie and published by Activision. The bundle also includes a free 30 day membership to PS Plus, and comes at a recommended retail price of US$449/€439. Furthermore, PS4 in “Glacier White” will also be sold separately in Europe at an RRP of €399. The Vertical Stand will be available in Europe at an RRP of €19, and DualShock 4 in “Glacier White” and “Urban Camouflage” will both be available at an RRP of US$59/€59. The pricings for each product in Japan and other Asian regions will be announced on a later date.
Gamers now have a variety of colors to choose from when selecting PS4 systems and peripherals, as users can choose from both the original “Jet Black” and the new “Glacier White” PS4 systems, as well as a range of colors for DualShock 4 including “Urban Camouflage” and “Glacier White” in addition to the existing colors.
PlayStation Now: PS4 Private Beta Starts Tomorrow
Hi all, since January, a growing number of PlayStation fans have been enjoying the Private Beta program for
PlayStation Now, our streaming game service launching this summer.
Up until this point, our Private Beta for PS Now has been available on PlayStation 3 systems. We’re pleased to announce that the Private Beta program is expanding and will make its debut on PlayStation 4 systems on May 20. If you’ve registered for the PS Now Private Beta, keep an eye on your mailbox for a voucher code.
PS Now gives you the freedom to play select PS3 games like you already stream movies, TV, shows, and music – directly to your favorite PS Now compatible devices without any discs or downloads. The first supported devices launching in 2014 are PS4, PS3, select 2014 Bravia TVs, and PlayStation Vita, with more devices down the road.
The Private Beta program has been going great so far, and we want to give thanks to the testers that have participated – your valuable feedback is helping us make the service even better. Thus far, Private Beta testers have logged more than 50,000 gameplay hours discovering new games, rediscovering favorites and racking up Trophies!
We are also happy to announce that access to the PS3 Private Beta program will expand to a broader audience in the near future. If you aren’t a member of our Private Beta community yet, click here to register your interest. Please be patient if you’ve already registered but haven’t received an invitation yet. We are inviting more Private Beta testers on a regular basis.
We’re eager to launch PS Now more widely – stay tuned to this blog for more details. And remember, if you’re already in the PS Now Private Beta, we want to hear from you so post feedback / impressions in our private forums.
More coming soon!
The Real Reason Behind The DualShock 4’s Light Bar, was developed for Project Morpheus
The DualShock 4’s light bar caused quite a fuss when the system launched because it was so darn bright and obtrusive. But you know why it was there? According to SCEE senior designer Jed Ashforth, “it was for tracking for VR.”
Ashforth spilled the beans on Sony’s once secret plans for VR in an interview with Techradar. “The tracking light… it was our department that said we need that on,” Ashforth explained.
"When all these things were coming out six months ago and everyone was going ‘it’s reflecting in my TV,’ we were going ‘oh no’ because we couldn’t tell anyone what it was for."
Major PS4 System Update Out Tomorrow, Updates for PS Vita and PS App
At PlayStation, we love hearing the great feedback we get from our passionate community of gamers. That’s why I’m excited to announce that our highly-anticipated system software update for PlayStation 4 (v1.70) will be released tomorrow, with a huge number of your demanded features, and expanding upon what we believe is the most socially connected console experience. One feature that I’m most excited about is SHAREfactory, our new rich video editing app. In addition, we’re launching updates for PlayStation Vita (v3.15) and PlayStation App (v1.70) that will deliver greater integration with your PS4 system.
Here’s a rundown of what you can expect with tomorrow’s software updates:
PlayStation 4 v1.70 Update
• SHAREfactory: After you update your PS4 to v1.70, an icon to download our free SHAREfactory app will appear on your PS4 system’s home screen once it’s available. Once installed, SHAREfactory allows you to easily customize your gameplay videos with special effects, video commentary with picture-in-picture capability through PlayStation Camera, and custom soundtracks using the included audio tracks or your original music imported from a USB drive. You can then share your videos on Facebook or export them to an external USB storage device. The app is packed with plenty of cool, but accessible, tools. It’s simple enough to use for beginning editors, while functioning as a rich video editor for those with more creative aspirations. Check out our new SHAREfactory video that provides a walkthrough of what you can expect:
• Automatic Pre-download: No more waiting until after a game is released to start downloading select pre-ordered games from PlayStation Store. This new feature allows you to get to your games faster by automatically downloading select pre-ordered games up to several days in advance of the release, so that it’s ready to play as soon as the game is released on launch day. There’s also a countdown timer prior to the release of the game so you’ll know how soon your game will be available for you to start playing.
• Option to Disable HDCP for Games: This highly requested feature will allow you to have the option to turn off HDCP for games so you can capture longer gameplay sessions directly from your HDMI output and export them elsewhere.
• USB Export Option for Captured Gameplay: It’s now even easier to show off your heroic gaming moments and the SHAREfactory videos you create with the world using this feature to export your videos and screenshots to a USB drive. Just click on the DualShock 4 SHARE button, save your gameplay on a USB drive, and then share your proudest achievements on other social networks and other video platforms.
• Live Broadcasting in HD and Archiving Support: We’ve increased the resolution for live broadcasts so you and your friends can watch games livestreamed in 720p HD. You can also archive your broadcasts on Twitch or Ustream and watch them again later.
• New SHARE Options: We’ve got a number of new SHARE settings that will give you better control of what you want to share with your friends.
• New DualShock 4 Options: New light bar settings have been added for DualShock 4, allowing you to change it to Bright, Medium or Dim in the Settings menu. The touchpad has also been updated, allowing you to navigate the on-screen keyboard using the DualShock 4 touchpad.
• New Friends Options: It’s now easier to find Friends and send requests with the ability to search Friends-of-Friends, view Mutual Friends on another user’s profile, and accept Friend requests directly from the Friends list.
• New Trophies Sort Option: You can now sort Trophies by rarity in the Options menu.
• PlayStation Store Payment Support: Similar to PS3, we’re introducing Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) for PS4 for content purchased on PS Store, starting with PayPal support.
• More PlayStation Camera Commands: More voice commands are added to PlayStation Camera, allowing you to launch the apps installed on your PS4 with the sound of your voice.
• New PlayStation Plus Icon: For Plus members, you’ll now have the PS Plus icon appear next to your SEN ID on the login screen, home screen and other areas across the PS4 system’s sleek user interface.
• Music Unlimited SHARE Options: With a Music Unlimited subscription, you can easily share your favorite songs with your friends by pressing the SHARE button on your DualShock 4.
PlayStation Vita v3.15 Update
• PS4 Link Update for Remote Play: Linking your PS4 and PS Vita together will now be easier with the 3.15 update for PS Vita. It’ll enable Automatic Device Registration, which will automatically detect and pair both systems when they’re both online and the same user is signed in to both devices. This makes it even quicker for you to get started on Remote Play or access other second screen features.
PlayStation App v1.70 Update
• Push Notifications, Friend Requests and More: This new PlayStation app update will give you the option to receive Push Notifications for select PS4 updates you want to receive, such as gameplay Invitations, Game Alerts or Friend Requests. You can also receive Friend Requests via email or text messages with the app update. Also, it’s now easier to change your profile picture right from your mobile device by uploading an image from your photo library, or taking a photo using your in-device camera.
We can’t wait until the software updates are released so you can start enjoying all of these great features. In particular, I look forward to seeing your SHAREfactory videos and seeing all the creative ways you can make your gameplay moments memorable.
Let’s keep the conversation going – we love getting feedback from you and seeing what else we can come up with to continue making PlayStation 4 the best place to play. Please let us know and we’ll continue to always serve up great content and features to you – the gamer.
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PS4 Update 1.70 Coming Soon, Introducing SHAREfactory
As we mentioned last month during GDC, we’ll be releasing a major system software update for PS4 that will add some exciting new features that many of you have been asking for. Today, I’m pleased to announce a few of those features from PS4 system software update (v1.70) will be available soon, including features that were incorporated as a result of your great feedback. This will be a significant update, and today we’re excited to bring you a sneak peek of just a few things you can look forward to.
The 1.70 update will enable SHAREfactory, our new rich video editor app for PS4 that makes it easy for you to customize your gameplay videos:
With SHAREfactory, you can now easily combine your captured video clips for editing, personalize them with special effects using filters, transitions, and themes, as well as share them with your friends and social networks. SHAREfactory also allows you to personalize your videos by adding text, stickers, and a set of included audio tracks, as well as video commentary with picture-in-picture capability with PlayStation Camera. It also allows you to import your original music to add to the custom soundtrack for your video.
Take Your Share Anywhere
Once you’re done with your masterpiece, you can easily share your SHAREfactory videos to Facebook, or export them to an external USB storage device to upload them elsewhere, another new feature coming as part of the 1.70 system software update. Other PS4 SHARE enhancements include the ability to change the recording time of your gameplay to shorter increments, the ability to change who you share your clips with on the SHARE screen, and the removal of default saves for screenshots and video clips. In addition to these SHARE enhancements, the 1.70 update will allow you switch off HDCP, enabling you to capture video directly from your HDMI output so you can record and share longer clips of your gameplay sessions — a feature I know many of you have been waiting for. We are excited to see what the PlayStation Nation does with these new social features, and cannot wait to get them into your hands!
Play as Soon as the Game is Released
Providing you with immediate access to your games is a priority designed into PS4, and something we will always strive to make better. We’ve had a great response from PS4 fans about the Play as You Download feature, the snappy load times when launching and playing games, and the general speed and responsiveness of the UI. The 1.70 update adds features to build on this idea and make it faster to play the games you pre-order with an auto pre-download capability, which allows you to pre-download your select pre-ordered game up to several days prior to release. If you have the auto-download feature enabled, it will automatically pre-download your pre-ordered game so you can play as soon as the game is unlocked on release day.
As I mentioned earlier, some of these features were a direct result of the great feedback we’ve been getting from you, our dedicated gamer community. We enjoy listening to your comments, and encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts with us. And this is just the beginning. We’ve got a lot more coming in PS4 system software update v1.70 and beyond. The PS4 experience will constantly evolve, and new innovative ideas can come from anywhere to ensure the platform continues to deliver the best in gaming and entertainment every time you turn it on.
We’ll have more information to share about new upcoming features for this major system software update as the release approaches, so stay tuned!
Sony signs on 1,000 licensed, self-published indies
PlayStation Still Loves Devs - 1,000 Self-Publishers
PS4 has been met with an amazing amount of enthusiasm and excitement from both gamers and developers alike since its launch back in November, and the 6 million gamers who have already bought PS4 have really embraced this next-generation gaming experience. We’ve got more than 100 games scheduled to launch on PS4 this year alone, including Watch_Dogs, The Elder Scrolls Online, Destiny, and The Order: 1886.
That amazing lineup is made possible by the development community, who have been hard at work with our hardware, already pushing it to do things that we never expected. Recently we reached a significant milestone with more than 1,000 developers licensed globally to self-publish on our platforms, 200 of those licensed in North America since PS4 was unveiled in February 2013.
A year ago at the Game Developers Conference, we kicked our support for independent developers into high-gear. Since then, we continued to partner with some of the world’s best and brightest independent developers committed to bringing their titles — some of the most creative and innovative games I’ve seen — to PlayStation platforms. We’ve already seen some great content hit PS4 — from crafting waffles in Don’t Starve to scaring the pants off of people with Outlast. We’re looking forward to some of this year’s self-published titles like Octodad, Transistor, N++, GALAK-Z, Rogue Legacy, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, and The Witness, and you know we’re all already playing a metric arrow ton of TowerFall Ascension.
This year’s GDC was awesome, as usual. We had a blast meeting with developers, both partners we’ve worked with time and time again, as well as new up-and-coming talent. We also continued collecting feedback from developers on what they’ve discovered while spending time with our platforms, and we introduced some new tools that will help ease the process of bringing their games to PlayStation gamers… not to mention how we peeked into the future of PlayStation.
To developers, to fans: THANK YOU for helping us make history with PlayStation 4.
Sony Lists Every PlayStation 4 Game Announced for 2014 - So Far
The List is huge, Lets begin!
- Awesomenauts Assemble! Ronimo Inc
- Basement Crawl Bloober Team
- Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition SCE
- Don’t Starve: Console Edition Klei Entertainment
- Outlast Red Barrels Inc.
- Rayman Legends Ubisoft
- Stealth Inc: Ultimate Edition Curve Studios
- Strider Capcom
- The Lego Movie Videogame Warner Bros.
- Thief Square Enix
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Square Enix
- TowerFall Ascension Matt Makes Games
Out this month
- 1,001 Spikes
- Anomaly 2
- Bound by Flame
- CastleStorm: Definitive Edition
- Cel Damage HD
- Child of Light
- DiveKick: Addition Edition
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
- KickBeat: Special Edition
- King Oddball
- LEGO The Hobbit
- Mercenary Kings
- MLB 14: The Show
- Octodad: Dadliest Catch
- Oddworld: New n’ Tasty
- Pure Pool
- RBI Baseball 14
- Ready to Run
- Secret Ponchos
- Switch Galaxy Ultra
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- Strike Suit Zero
- The Swapper
- Titan Attacks
- Trials Fusion
- War Thunder
- Watch Dogs
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Final Horizon
- Galak-Z: The Dimensional
- Murdered: Soul Suspect
- PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
- Sniper Elite 3
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Evil Within
- Race the Sun
- Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark
- Velocity 2X
- Alien: Isolation
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
- Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
- The Witness
- Assassin’s Creed Unity
- Guns of Icarus Online
- Hyper Light Drifter
- Ray’s the Dead
- Assault Android Cactus
- Backgammon Blitz
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Blast ‘Em Bunnies
- Cosmic Star Heroine
- Defense Grid 2
- Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
- Dying Light
- EA Sports UFC
- Energy Hook
- Foul Play
- Hotline Miami
- Legend of Raven
- Lords of the Fallen
- Mad Max
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- NBA 2K15
- Nuclear Throne
- The Order: 1886
- Pier Solar and the Great Architects
- Planetside 2
- Putty Squad
- Road Not Taken
- Rogue Legacy
- Samurai Gunn
- Savant Ascent
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
- Super Exploding Zoo
- The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
- The Crew
- Tom Clancy’s The Division
- Tropico 5
- Valiant Hearts: The Great War
- Worms Battlegrounds
- WWE 2K15