Everyone get their jokes ready. Sony announced today that the PlayStation 4 will indeed have a 300MB launch day patch that adds a variety of features to the console, each not readily available out of the box. The PlayStation 4 may not be backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 games, but it's good to see our good friend "Firmware Update" will be crossing the generational gap.
Just what sort of functionality will PlayStation 4 launch day investors be lacking before they patch up to 1.50? It turns out basically everything. This calls for a bullet point list:
- Remote Play - Play your PlayStation 4 games on your PlayStation Vita via Wi-Fi or through PS4 link.
- Second Screen - Use the PS4 Link or PlayStation App to make your PS Vita, iPhone, iPad, or Android phones and tablets as a second screen for supported titles.
- Record, Screenshots, Gameplay Upload - "At the PS4 system’s launch in North America, users will be able to share their images and videos with friends on Facebook and screenshots with followers on Twitter." No mention of uploading gameplay to Youtube or other video sites.
- Broadcast and Spectate Gameplay - Stream gameplay through Ustream or Twitch, or spectate using the PS4's Live from PlayStation app.
- Play as You Download - Supported digital titles allow users to play the game as they're downloaded.
- Multi Log-in - Four users can log-in to a single PlayStation 4 ad the same time.
- Party (Voice Chat) - PlayStation 4 users can char with up to 8 friends at a time, all while each person uses different applications and games. Party chat also works between PS4 and PS Vita systems.
- Face Recognition and Voice Commands - If users own a PlayStation Camera they can register their face with the PS4 and log-in via facial recognition. Also, users can issue voice commands through a microphone to navigate the console.
- Background Music Player - Listen to music via Music Unlimited while playing games. Also, chat with friends while listening to music.
- Online Multiplayer - Remember -- for PlayStation Plus members only!
- Blu-ray Disc and DVD Player - Self-explanatory?
Apparently none of the PlayStation 4's features will work without the 1.50 patch, or Sony published a list of features instead of patch notes. Unfortunately Sony has some bad news too. The "Suspend/Resume Mode" feature that allows for instant shutdown and restart of the PlayStation 4 won't work. Sony mentions other features not included, but no specifics are listed. Expect more news after the PlayStation 4's launch.
Basically, it's a required firmware update that all PlayStation 4 users will have to download Day One before they're able to do anything else. If you're planning on picking up a PlayStation 4 for Christmas, make sure to update it beforehand so unhappy and unruly children don't get frustrated when it won't work without a download! Ah, Sony, a new generation, but the same old tricks.
The PlayStation 4 launches on November 15 in North America.