The PS4 will require a day one system update (software version 1.50) in order to enable Online Multiplayer, Remote Play, video recording and pretty much every other PS4 feature we've been promised.

The update will be approximately 300MB and includes the following features:

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.

Second Screen: Users can use the PS4 Link application for the PS Vita system, and PlayStation App for iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smartphones and tablets, to use these devices as second screens in supported titles. PlayStation App has the ability to enable users to interact with games with their mobiles devices. For example on The Playroom, a title pre-installed in all PS4 systems that requires PlayStation Camera, users can draw pictures on their mobile device screens and flick them towards the TV. The images then appear as a 3D object within the game.

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, 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.

Multi log-in: A maximum of four users can log-in to a single PS4 system simultaneously. These players can use their own save data to play games, and also earn trophies on their own Sony Entertainment Network accounts even when playing a multiplayer game together on a single PS4 system.

Party (Voice chat): By using the Mono Headset bundled with the PS4 system, users will be able to chat with up to eight friends enjoying different applications or games. Furthermore, users can use Party to chat between PS4 and PS Vita systems.

Face recognition and voice commands: Users with PlayStation Camera will be able to register their facial image onto their PS4 system, and login to their system using facial recognition instead of DualShock 4. Furthermore, users can use either the microphone of the Mono Head set connected to DualShock 4, or PlayStation Camera to navigate through the PS4 home screen (PlayStation Dynamic Menu) with voice commands to start up games and shutdown the system, among other features; please refer to PS4′s online manual for recognizable voice commands.

Background music player: Users can enjoy gameplay while listening to music in the background with Music Unlimited, a cloud-based digital music service. Users can also voice chat with friends while listening to music. Learn more about Music Unlimited here (LINK: http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/music-unlimited/why-music-unlimited/).

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.

PS4 launches November 29 in the UK.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

Without the update we're not sure exactly what the PS4 will be capable of doing.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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BC_Animus

If they really want to continue One-upping Microsoft it'd be to add Xbox One compatibility. Play Xbox One games on the PS4 and Vita, HA!
Posted 15:05 on 28 October 2013
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pblive@ Karlius

There has to be some explanation for it. Codecs or something? Seems odd, anyway.
Posted 14:05 on 28 October 2013
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Karlius@ pblive

Surely BluRay is a big enough thing.

I also think the 15 minute video recording will be absent.

Also the other big one for me as it looked absolutely epic Vita playback. (can't wait to see how that works)
Posted 10:09 on 28 October 2013
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GeorgeOglee

Not so bad, it's not taking up so much memory to be a hassle at least so that's good!
Posted 21:52 on 26 October 2013
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pblive

Are there any non-internet based features in the update? I think if you don't have internet then you won't use any of the features in the update anyway.

Only Blu-Ray is the odd one out, but I think that's some sort of agreement thing.


Wii U even had a big Day 1 update. If that doesn't show where the industry is heading... :D
Posted 18:22 on 25 October 2013
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Karlius@ FantasyMeister

While it's quite odd for so many features being reliant on the update I don't think it's wrong to think that the developers will be working on perfecting the OS and firmware beyond manufacturing. For instance my TV got an update day 1 and both my home entertainment unit and TV get regular updates. Now we are mostly always connected world it's a perfect way to keep developing a system.

Do feel sorry for those that were saying XBOX 1 is out of the question cause they don't have internet though as half the features are gone without it on PS4.
Posted 17:13 on 25 October 2013
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FantasyMeister

Meh, I guess that because we've put up with games being rushed and patched after launch for so long now that next gen consoles think they can get away with doing the same thing. Can they?
Posted 17:04 on 25 October 2013
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Karlius

[comment="VGJames"]Without the update we're not sure exactly what the PS4 will be capable of doing.[/comment]

Made me chuckle.

Day 1 updates are the norm now I imagine the hardware was being built long before the software was finalised. Does make you think however how much stuff was actual true to final in their Reveal and E3 demo.
Posted 16:41 on 25 October 2013
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