Major PS4 Features To Be Included In Day-One Patch
Okay, we may have come to accept this with games but are we really getting day-one patches for a damn console? I mean, come on. If the console has been in development for years and we’ve known about the features to be included in the patch for ages then why is this stuff not on the console already?
I thought one of the draws for PS4 was how quickly you can be playing games from the time you take a seat on your couch. It goes so far that you can play a game while it’s downloading. That, I like. What I don’t like is a 300MB software patch that I’m supposed to download. Did I mention I’m getting a PS4?
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Software update 1.50 is what it’s called and quite unbelievably it’s going to add things such voice commands, facial recognition, remote play and share functionality. I find this unfathomable because the latter two have been touted as PS4 draw cards since the console was revealed in February.
Voice commands and facial recognition will work with the PS Eye much like Kinect on Xbox. Share functionality allows users to share content with friends instantly over PSN or social networks. Remote play and second-screen enhances your experience by using the PS4 Link app for PS Vita, iOS and Android.
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 that PS4 will allow a maximum of four different users to log-in to a PS4 system concurrently. Xbox One allows for up to six.
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.
It’s not really a big deal, I mean 300MB doesn’t take very long to download but I feel cheated in that some of the console’s big features won’t even be on the console when I buy it. Am I crazy or is that notion weird?