If you haven’t felt like the next generation of gaming is just around the corner, then wake up! We’re just three weeks away from the launch of the PlayStation 4, and they have already announced their Day 1 1.50 firmware update on the PlayStation Blog.
The system software update 1.50 is approximately 300 MB, and will launch alongside the release of the Playstation 4. It includes the following features:
- Online Multiplayer
- Blu-ray Disc and DVD player
- Remote Play
- Second Screen
- Record, take screenshots, and upload gameplay effortlessly
- Broadcast and spectate gameplay
- Play as you download
- Multi log-in
- Party (Voice chat)
- Face recognition and voice commands
The patch is about less than a third of the size of the Wii U’s headache of a Day 1 update, but still carries some interesting caveats. For example, PS4 users must activate the use of the Blu-Ray/DVD player by going online as some sort of anti-piracy deterrent. Additionally, some announced features will not be available Day 1 for the PlayStation 4, including the Suspend/Resume functionality of powering down and powering up the console.
Hopefully, the requirement of PS+ for online play and the money that will come from that means Sony can invest in a lot more servers. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people attempting to download 0.3 GB at roughly the same time can cause quite a stress on network connectivity/bandwidth. As well, early winners of the PS4 due to Taco Bell’s promotion won’t be able to update and receive most of these feautres, either. All part of the stresses of launching a new console, I suppose.
The PlayStation 4 will launch in North America on November 15th, in Australia, Europe and South America on November 29th, throughout Asia in December and in Japan on February 22nd, 2014.
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