PlayStation 4 has evolved! Or rather, will be evolving. Today at Gamescom during their event press conference, Sony detailed some of the upcoming features in the largest patch yet for the record selling console. PlayStation 4's 2.00 patch will add a ton of features, including a rumored full UI upgrade. Today, however, they only detail three main features: expanded friend recommendations, share to Youtube functionality, and the robust Share Play feature.
Let's start with Share Play, since that's absolutely the most significant addition to patch 2.00 that's yet been detailed. Sony describes Share Play as a "virtual couch," but I'd prefer if folk maintained focus on this as a purely digital form of sharing and communication. Sharing couches, I think, is an antiquated idea in gaming, but that's besides the point. What's important is that Share Play expands on shared experiences with the PlayStation 4 in a way that simple streaming technology could never dream of.
Share Play will allow players to play together cooperatively online, creating a local co-op experience as if it were an online co-op experience. Sony's so dedicated to this idea that only one player is required to own the game in order to share these experiences. No in-game online mode is required, so titles like Towerfall: Ascension and Nidhogg should work wonderfully. Another big feature includes letting a friend takeover the controls entirely, just like passing the controller over should one be having a hard time -- or be too scared to continue (lookin' at you, Lydia).
The other features are exactly what they seem. Players will be able to share their videos directly to Youtube, as well as other "broadcast and upload" features that were promised at E3. Finally, Sony wants to make it easier for everyone to find their friends. That means enhanced searches for things like real names, friend-of-friend sharing through "What's New?" and other features to be announced later this year.
Patch 2.00 for the PlayStation 4 is planned to be released later this year. Expect more information in the months to come.