The PlayStation 4 is set to be upgraded soon, with a new firmware numbered 3.0 that’s in beta testing right now. Gaining access to the beta is accompanied by a Non-Disclosure Agreement as long as my arm – or Ron Jeremy’s appendage – which essentially says you’re not allowed to talk about Firmware 3.0, like it’s some sort of clandestine Fight Club. Just like Fight Club though, people are talking about it – more than that, they’re leaking screens and footage of the update. Of course they are.
We’ve told you before what you can expect in firmware 3.0, with a great number of new features and additions – like communities, YouTube streaming, new sharing options and more. Here’s a breakdown:
Main features in version 3.00 beta update
- (Events) has been added to the function items. All events associated with PlayStation are now brought together, enabling you to discover, participate in and watch these events in a centralised area.
- (Communities) has been added to (Friends). (Communities) is a feature that enables you to find players who have similar tastes and interests. You can join an existing community or create your own community. You can also play games, join parties or talk about shared interests with members in the community.
- You can now go to (Now Playing) to see what games or parties members of the community are enjoying right now. You can also easily start a game, join a party or send a request to watch a member’s gameplay in (Now Playing). You can access (Now Playing) from What’s New, (Friends), (Communities), the message screen in (Messages) or Profile.
- The layout of the message screen in (Messages) has been improved. From the message screen, you can now select (Now Playing) or easily start a party. You can also add your favourite groups to [Favourite Groups] in (Friends).
- You can now broadcast your gameplay on YouTube™.
- You can now upload video clips to Twitter (10-second limitation).
Other features in version 3.00 beta
- The layout of (Live from PlayStation) has been improved. In addition to broadcasts, you can now view video clips and screenshots.
- You can now change the speed for automatic text scrolling in (Settings) > [Accessibility] > [Auto-Scroll Speed].
- [Community], [Requests to Watch Gameplay], [Events] and [Current Song] have been added to (Settings) > [Notifications] > [Display Pop-Up Notifications].
- You can now post your comments for activity feeds in What’s New.
- You can now enjoy fun conversations with your Friends using (Stickers) in (Messages). (PlayStation®Plus) has been added to the function items. You can now see all of your PlayStation®Plus benefits, such as free monthly games, exclusive discounts, news and more, in one place.
- Accessibility features are now available when playing content from Blu-ray Discs™ or DVDs. Application of these features has also been expanded. You can now restrict the use of games while looking at age level information and rating icons.
- You can now create a sub account for a minor by selecting [New User] in the screen for selecting a user.
- You can now adjust settings for Web filtering services from (Settings) > [Parental Controls]. You can use the service to block objectionable websites from being displayed in the Internet Browser. (Additional fees may apply for use of the service.)
If that’s too many words for you on a Monday, here’s a YouTube video from SuperShad27, showing you most of what you’ll find in Firmware 3.0, codenamed Kenshin.
Two things that are conspicuous by their absence for me; the continuing lack of support for folders and the inability to be online, but hide offline; something I make use of on the Xbox One so that I never have to engage with people online.
Last Updated: September 7, 2015