Heads up, PlayStation 4 gamers. A number of new features and social tools for the next-gen console are headed your way.
Arriving on Thursday, software update version 2.50, codenamed “Yukimura,” will let you jump back into games faster with a new suspend-and-resume feature, back up and restore your hard disc drive to an external USB drive, and more easily connect with friends. The update also brings some new accessibility options for those with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity.
The suspend-and-resume feature, supported by nearly all PS4 titles, is aimed at helping you spend less time waiting for your games to load. You’ll be able to suspend your game by putting the console into Rest Mode, then quickly resume where you left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DualShock 4 controller to wake the system.
As for the new backup features, you can now save your settings, data, screenshots, and video clips, along with full games, patches, and download data to a USB drive.
There’s also a bunch of new social features, including the ability to search for Facebook friends, and easily view which games your friends are playing thanks to a new “Friends Who Play This” section on game detail pages. Sony also streamlined the process of creating a Party, eliminating some steps, and updated the What’s New section to show what your friends are currently playing.
The update will also make it easier to brag about your trophies. When you earn a trophy, the system will automatically take a screenshot, so you can easily share your achievement with friends.
On the accessibility front, the update brings a new zoom feature for displayed pictures, and lets you switch to inverted colors for all system functions, apps, and games. In addition, text-to-speech and enlarged text will now be available across the interface, including Message and Party.
Meanwhile, the update brings Remote Play and Share Play for games that support 60 fps, a new option to have future software updates download automatically, and the ability to upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the Share button. Sony is also planning to update the PS Vita and PS app for smartphones and tablets the same time it rolls out Yukimura, adding features to complement what the PS4 $300.00 at Mobitech Store is getting.
“We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better,” John Koller, vice president of platforms marketing at Sony, said in a statement.
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