Sony has been very positive about its new system software update coming tomorrow. Firmware update 3.0 will include some of the biggest updates the system has seen since its launch. The idea behind the update, judging by its features, is to bring its gaming community closer together. This will include more streaming options and a massive leap in online storage for PlayStation Plus subscribers. There has been a beta going for this update for a while. Sony posted on its blog today an overview of the features, as UI enhancements will be the first key difference people will see. You also may have noticed that the PlayStation Store looks different, and that was an early change prior to this release.
The software, codenamed Kenshin, will feature a new Events app that will be accessible via the homescreen. This will provide an overview of activities going on the games you associate with most. This also includes broadcasts. The example provided by Sony involves the notification of a double XP racing event in Driveclub and a Team of the Week event in FIFA 16. The auto-boot function can be activated to automatically turn on and launch the game and event at the event’s start time. This will be specifically key for hardcore fans of certain games. Imagine the incorporation with Destiny and its events.
Communities will be message boards featuring general discussions, screenshots shared by players, and the ability to join parties and games. The Communities will populate on the specific game’s live detail page. Players can now broadcast while using Share Play, as well. The update will also include a Favorite Groups section for your friends list. This will allow organization of players you associate with most that play specific games. Lastly, stickers are making their way to the message app. They will be themed around PlayStation exclusives such as Uncharted 4, Knack, Little Big Planet 3, Resogun, and more.
There will now be a dedicated section strictly for PlayStation Plus management. Players can manage their membership, view the free monthly games and premium deals, and see every game they have redeemed on PS4. Most importantly, the online storage has increased from 1 GB to 10 GB. Part of this reason might be the ability to take screenshots in PNG format. PNG allows for a higher quality picture than the standard JPEG that the PS4 already uses. This can be accessed via Share> Share Settings> Screenshot Settings> Image format.
The biggest inclusion to this software will be the YouTube gaming app. YouTube live will allow players to livestream directly to the biggest video site known to man. This will make a total of three different audiences to broadcast now, with Twitch and UStream already available. Videos can be saved and viewed at later dates. Lastly, video clips can be uploaded to Twitter. These clips can be a maximum of ten seconds. Double tap the Share button on your controller to start and stop a video clip. This will allow for something quick. Videos can still be trimmed down and uploaded like before.
The latest update will certainly help close in some of the gaps the system has been lacking when it comes to socializing and communicating. The Communities feature should help people find other people to do Raids on Destiny. The 10GB increase of storage on PlayStation Plus is a much needed addition. Finally being able to upload and stream to YouTube is a feature that has been missing since the system’s launch, however Twitch has certainly grown since then. This is a much needed update, and it is due to release Wednesday.