PS4 Info: Features, Updates, etc.

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    Patch 1.50: Released Nov. 15, 2013. Download It HERE

    • 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). We anticipate 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.
    • 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 epic triumphs by simply 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 enhances social spectating by enabling 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.
    • 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 easily join a game from a live stream broadcast or Party voice chats.
    • Blu-ray Disc and DVD player
      Users can enjoy not only 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.

    Release Date:
    November 15 for US, November 29 for EU

    $399 in US
    £349 in UK
    €399 in EU

    Main processor:

    • Single-chip custom processor
    • CPU: low power x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
    • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ Graphics Core Next engine
    Hard disk:
    • Built-in
    • Starts at 500GB, user upgradable
    Optical drive(read only):
    • BD 6xCAV
    • DVD 8xCAV
    • Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0), AUX
    • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
    • IEEE 802. 11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)
    AV Output:
    • HDMI
    • Digital Output (optical)

    The PS4 will come with a new redesigned dualshock 4 controller. This improved version of the previous includes things like a touchpad as well as a built in speaker.

    Other changes:
    Friends list features:
    With the PS3, you could only have up to 100 friends on your friends list, which would easily fill up if you’re an avid gamer such as myself. With the PS4, you can have up to a whopping 2,000-- that’s right, 2,000 friends on your friends list. That will take some time to fill up.

    Disk playing:
    There was a rumor going around for the longest time that you could not share disks with the PS4. This has been updated, now you can share disks with friends or family or whomever you please at your will, without a hassle.

    XMB changes:
    The PS4 no longer has an XMB. This was replaced with the new PS UI, which kind of has the style of a Windows 8 UI. The changes are noticeable. yet shouldn't affect the experience.

    F2P (Free2Play games):
    With PS+ now mandatory for online play with new games, there is also a new option to play Free to Play games online without the need of a PS+ subscription. This is done in a sense like Steam with their exclusive free to play games. Games like Blacklight Retribution and Planetside 2 will be available on there at launch.

    List of Launch Titles:

    • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
    • Battlefield 4
    • Blacklight Retribution
    • Call of Duty: Ghosts
    • Contrast
    • DC Universe Online
    • DiveKick
    • Escape Plan
    • FIFA 14
    • flOw
    • Flower
    • Injustice: Gods Among Us (Ultimate Edition)
    • Just Dance 2014
    • Killzone Shadowfall
    • Knack
    • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
    • Madden NFL 25
    • Minecraft
    • NBA 2K14
    • NBA Live 14
    • Need For Speed: Rivals
    • Pinball Arcade
    • PlayRoom
    • Putty Squad
    • Resogun
    • Skylanders Swap Force
    • Sound Shapes
    • Super Motherload
    • Tiny Brains
    • Trine 2: The Complete Story
    • Warframe
    • War Thunder

    Sony Exclusives (limited to Sony consoles):

    • Doki-Doki Universe
    • Escape Plan
    • Flower
    • Helldivers
    • Hohokum
    • Natural Doctrine
    • Pavillion
    • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
    • Sound Shapes
    • Super Exploding Zoo
    • Switch Galaxy Ultra
    • Velocity 2X
    • Yakuza Ishin
    PS4 Console Exclusives:
    • Basement Crawl
    • Deep Down (F2P)
    • DriveClub
    • Dream Club: Host Girls on Stage
    • Earth Defense Force
    • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
    • The Idolm@ster (working title)
    • Infamous: Second Son
    • Joysound Drive 2
    • Killzone: Shadow Fall
    • Knack
    • Lily Bergamo
    • MLB 14: The Show
    • Mobile Suit Gundam
    • N++
    • Nikoli no Puzzle 4: Sudoku
    • The Order: 1886
    • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive
    • The Playroom (F2P)
    • Pool Nation Extreme/FX
    • Resogun
    • Rime
    • Shadow of the Beast
    • Tottemo E Mahjong Plus

    Apps Released on day of release.

    • Amazon Instant Video
    • Crackle
    • Crunchyroll
    • EPIX
    • Hulu Plus
    • NBA Game Time
    • Netflix
    • NHL GameCenter
    • Redbox Instant
    • VUDU
    • YuppTV

    What type of hard drive does PS4 use?
    PS4 is equipped with a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive. Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB.

    When playing disc-based games on PS4, do I need to install data to the hard drive?
    Yes, all PS4 Blu-ray Disc games must be cached to the hard drive to ensure a smooth gaming
    experience. However, certain titles may not require you to wait for the game data to be fully cached before starting gameplay. In order to start playing disc-based games, users will need to insert the game disc into PS4 just like on the PS3 system.

    If I rent a game disc, and then decide I want to buy it digitally, can I use the mandatory install to avoid downloading it and just activate my license?
    No, in this example you would have to delete the disc install data and fully install the digital version of the game.

    Will I be able to watch Blu-ray movies on PS4?
    Yes, you will need to download and install PS4’s day-one system software update 1.50, and then activate your Blu-ray Disc video capability with a one-time activation through the internet in order to play Blu-ray Disc films and DVD video content.

    What if I’m not able to or don’t want to connect my PS4 system online?
    PS4 owners in North America can contact SCEA Consumer Services at (800) 345-7669 to request a Blu-ray activation disc that will be distributed via mail.

    Will I be able to install system software update 1.50 via a USB drive?
    Yes, you will be able to download the firmware to your PC and transfer it to PS4 using a USB memory stick. However, to use the USB method the first time you take PS4 out of the box and before installing system software update 1.50, you’ll need to enable safe mode. When PS4 is powered off, press and hold the Power Button for seven seconds to enter safe mode. Note: Users should only update using official files downloaded from PlayStation.com.

    What PS4 software features have been announced, but won’t be available at launch in North America?
    Below is an overview of certain features that have been announced that will not be available when PS4 launches in North America.
    Share controller via the internet to assist a friend
    Suspend/Resume mode
    Wireless Stereo Headsets support
    Wireless Stereo Headset
    Pulse Wired Stereo Headset
    Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset Elite Edition

    Is there a way to rename my Online ID on PS4?
    No. But PS4 does give you the option of allowing your friends to see your real name in addition to your Online ID. You can also choose to import your Facebook photo to be used as your PSN profile picture if you wish.

    Will PS4 support custom Dynamic Themes, as currently available on the PS3 system?
    No, PS4 will not support Dynamic Themes as they currently exist on the PS3 system.

    Will PS4 support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?
    The PS4 system does not support client functionality for media servers.

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