In today's Sony announcement that the PlayStation 4 had reached 7 million in sales they also teased an upcoming major system software patch. Teasers! P'shaw. A riot was almost started, because folk are getting anxious about Sony's updating their system software. Good on Sony for then following up with a post detailing some of the additions that will be coming with patch 1.70, including the SHAREfactory video editor and pre-loading preordered games.
What is SHAREfactory? Consider it the way that gamers can turn a simple recording into something professional. Potentially. It allows gamers to add effects, transitions, themes and otherwise edit their footage in a number of ways. Then, after the player is satisfied with their video, they can publish their new work of art in a number of different ways. Special note, Sony says everyone will be able to add their own original music to add to videos -- maybe a sign that we can soon upload our own music to PS4?
Sharing being a key part of SHAREfactory, 1.70 will allow players to upload their videos in a number of different ways. How about Facebook? That's a thing (yawn). Okay let's move on to USB storage device! Yes, with 1.70 PlayStation 4 owners will be able to export their videos to USB so they can take them where they want. Other changes include additional options for how things are shared on the PS4 HUD -- to friends or otherwise. Oh, and there's an option to turn off the HDCP DRM. Not bad.
Finally, and this could be a big deal, Sony will begin to allow game buyers to begin downloading their games prior to launch if they pre-order. That's so gamers can start playing as soon as the game is unlocked, rather than waiting for downloads post-launch. This feature won't work for all games, but hopefully Sony works hard to make it a common thing.
Those aren't all of the PlayStation 4 patch notes for 1.70, but just early details on some of the major changes. There's still no release date for the update and there are still more feature announcements to be made down the road. Still, not bad so far. Not bad at all.