PS4 system update 3.00 detailed, will raise online storage capacity
Sony have released the details for the PS4â€™s upcoming major system update, and it sounds like a big step forward for the console.
The new update, codenamed Kenshin, will be available to members of the PS4â€™s beta program today, and will hopefully roll out for everyone else soon.
The full list of changes announced so far are listed on the PlayStation Blog, but some of the highlights include:
Online storage capacity increase â€” PS4 online storage capacity has increased from 1GB to 10GB for all PS Plus members. In 3.00 system software, youâ€™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.
- An increase in online storage capacity for PS Plus subscribers, from 1GB to 10GB
- YouTube Live functionality, allowing you to stream your gameplay to YouTube
- An â€˜Eventsâ€™ hub, which tracks upcoming events in the games youâ€™re playing, such as double XP weekends
- â€˜Communitiesâ€™, which allow you to connect with like-minded gamers online
- The ability to share videos to Twitter
- An option to send friends requests to watch them play
YouTube live â€” 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 â€” 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. Youâ€™ll also receive notifications when the event starts, or if the timing changes.
Favorite Groups â€” 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 â€” 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 donâ€™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 â€” Users will have the ability to share video clips directly to Twitter. Maximum video length is 10 seconds, though youâ€™ll have the ability to trim longer clips.
Stickers â€” Tired of typing out messages? With this update, youâ€™ll be able to send stickers to friends through your messages.
Now Playing / Whatâ€™s New â€” The Now Playing screen will display even more information about what your friends are doing, and youâ€™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 â€“ further enhancing the social relationship with your friends online.
Live from PlayStation â€” Weâ€™ve improved the Live From PlayStation app, making it easier to view popular trending broadcasts in real time.
Request to watch gameplay â€” Want to view a friendâ€™s gameplay session? Now you can send a â€˜Request to Watchâ€™ notification to a player, which will start a live broadcast or Share Play invitation to the person playing.
Itâ€™s a substantial update â€“ that increase in online storage is going to be a big deal for a lot of players, as will YouTube Live. Hopefully weâ€™ll know when weâ€™ll be able to download it soon.