By: Eddie Makuch
Sony today detailed the PlayStation 4’s day-one patch, which will launch alongside the system in North America on November 15, 2013. The system software update 1.50 is about 300MB and includes various features and functionality.
First, the 1.50 update adds support for Remote Play and Second Screen functionality via the PS4 Link application for PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android. The update will also introduce the PS4’s much-touted “Share” functionality, through which players can share images and video with friends over the PlayStation Network or social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
The 1.50 PS4 update also introduces broadcast and spectate gameplay options through Ustream and Twitch, as well as the new PlayGo feature that allows users to start playing after the PS4 downloads a portion of the game data. Not all games will support this, Sony said.
Sony also confirmed today that the PS4 will support a maximum of four users logging into the system at once. These players can use their own save data to play games and earn their own trophies. The Xbox One allows for up to six players to be logged in simultaneously.
The update also adds facial recognition and voice commands through the PlayStation Camera. Users with a PlayStation Camera can register their facial image onto the PS4 and then use that image to log into the system, instead of using a DualShock 4.
Players can also use either the PS4 microphone or the PlayStation Camera to navigate the PS4 home screen using voice commands. Users will be able to boot up games and shut down the system, among other features, using their voice.
Lastly, the PS4’s 1.50 day-one update adds a background music player, party voice chat support, and online multiplayer. What’s more, the PS4’s Blu-Ray and DVD player will only work once players have connected to the Internet and activated this feature.
Sony cautioned that some PS4 features will not be available at launch, including the “suspend/resume mode,” which keeps the PS4 in a low power state. Details about features to be added post-launch will be announced “in the near future,” Sony said.