That’s right, the big PS4 1.70 patch comes out today, and the PlayStation Blog US goes into detail as to exactly what’s coming to the PS4 starting today. There’s new information added since the last time the 1.70 firmware was discussed a week ago in Europe and Japan, including info about the DualShock 4.
In addition to what we already knew about the SHAREfactory’s video editing tools and the option to remove HDCP for games use, as well as USB export support, this patch will also feature the ability to better utilize the DS4. You can now choose the strength of the controller’s lightbar, from bright, to medium, all the way to dim. Additionally, you can navigate on-screen keyboard using the touchpad.
Outside of new additions like live broadcast archiving and automatic downloading of pre-ordered games, little features have been improved within the PS4 digital space. It’s now easier to search for online friends, navigate and sort trophies, use alternative payment methods (starting with PayPal), use voice commands with the PlayStation Camera and share Music Unlimited songs with your friends.
It’s a big step, but both consumers and Sony know that there’s still more work to be done. With DLNA support, dynamic themes and avatar support still diminished or off the table, it will still take some time to get support for basic PS3 functions upgraded to the PS4. For now, you can enjoy the PS4 1.70 firmware patch update when it goes live later today.
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