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The PS4’s finally getting new features

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Funny. Just the other day I expressed a wee bit of dissatisfaction at Sony for releasing firmware updates to its PlayStation 4 that do pretty much nothing. The 1.62 update for the system weighs in at 336 and “enhances stability.” I moaned that the Xbox One was the target of major updates already, but we Ps4 owners are still waiting for new features. Somebody seems to have listened.

Yesterday, Sony detailed a new update that’ll be hitting the PS4 in the coming weeks.  The biggest thing it does – which is something we’ve been waiting for for ages – is remove the HDCP check on games output, meaning we can finally capture PS4 footage without having to jump through hurdles.

But that’s not all! It’ll also feature a “rich video editor” that Sony says will allow gamers to customise their videos, and it’ll also allow people to “share” their clips and pictures to a USB drive, making for quick and easy uploads to sites like YouTube. It’ll also, naturally, help us with our reviews.

Sony’s also said that a separate update will allow Twitch Broadcasts to finally be in 720p, matching the streaming on Microsoft’s Xbox One.

And finally, Sony’s also said that gamers who want to share more than just a few minutes of video have much to be excited for.

:We recognise that some gamers want to record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions, and we’re excited to deliver this option with PS4. There’s a lot more coming in this update as well, so stay tuned for more: there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone."

Still no mention of some of the other features people have ben waiting for, like the simple ability to play audio CDs and MP3. Or video files. Or 3D Blur-ray playback. Or DLNA streaming. Much of the stuff that made the PS3 a fantastic living-room system has been excised from the PS4. Sony’s promised it’ll all be added in the future – but people are growing tired of waiting.

Last Updated: March 20, 2014

53 Comments

  1. Jedi JJ

    March 20, 2014 at 12:00

    What?! No mandatory kinect?! This is bull!

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    • Norm

      March 20, 2014 at 12:04

      LOL!

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    • Rince

      March 20, 2014 at 12:14

      lol

      Reply

  2. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    March 20, 2014 at 12:07

    I honestly only ever use my PS3 as a media server anymore. Thinking of going over to a Roku or something.

    Anyone here have any good advice on DLNA media servers that use Ethernet and has all of those good functions and stuff?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 20, 2014 at 12:12

      Yeah, PC

      😛

      Joking aside, I too would like to know the answer to your question

      Reply

      • Warped_eye

        April 12, 2014 at 15:03

        Chromecast + Plex $35 and it works well

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        • warped_eye

          April 12, 2014 at 15:06

          Oops you said with ethernet I love my ROKU

          Reply

    • Xexo

      March 20, 2014 at 12:46

      Plex, using a raspberry Pie….

      Reply

      • Spathi

        March 20, 2014 at 13:07

        Raspberry Pi is very good and cheap!

        Reply

    • DrKiller

      March 20, 2014 at 12:55

      y u no use Samsung Smart TV???

      Get one of those 😛 Smart TV, Plex and your PC.. epic win!

      Reply

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        March 20, 2014 at 13:04

        Plex is working nicely, but the smart TV is just too expensive really. I rarely use it as well. =/ Ruko is like R1200 where the TV is over 10k

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        • DrKiller

          March 20, 2014 at 13:56

          The F5500 model TV is about R5+, but really worth it 😉

          Reply

      • Squirrely

        March 22, 2014 at 00:50

        i just bought a 55UAD8000 – I’ve been searching for links – How to I turn this thing into a media monster!?

        Reply

        • DrKiller

          March 22, 2014 at 00:53

          You should send me your email or something so we can discuss it out of this thread

          Reply

          • Squirrely

            March 22, 2014 at 01:07

            how do I get it to you?

          • DrKiller

            March 22, 2014 at 01:10

            post it here? i dont know

          • Squirrely

            March 22, 2014 at 01:12

            squirrely – underscore – the word zero @ hotmail

    • Tres Waters

      April 8, 2014 at 19:23

      A Chromecast and a plex server on the pc if you have an android smartphone.

      Reply

      • Tres Waters

        April 8, 2014 at 19:24

        which i guess if you’re looking for an ethernet connection, that won’t help you too much. However, it does support wireless n which is usually faster than 10/100 ethernet given signal quality.

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  3. Gerhard Davids

    March 20, 2014 at 12:10

    Awesome update!

    Now I can add PS4 gaming to my channel and add all branding in post production. YAY

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 20, 2014 at 12:11

    So where is all the guys that moan that “PCs always needs updates blah-de-blah”?

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    • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

      March 20, 2014 at 12:17

      Updating their consoles

      Reply

      • Norm

        March 20, 2014 at 12:19

        Well played.

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      • Admiral Chief of comments

        March 20, 2014 at 13:13

        XD

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    • iAmWeasel

      March 20, 2014 at 12:33

      The difference is updates are a cinch on console. I leave my PS4 on standby mode and all the updates happen while I’m at work. Updates/patching basically doesn’t exist in my world.

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      • FSR

        March 20, 2014 at 12:44

        soo… like my PC then?

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        • iAmWeasel

          March 20, 2014 at 12:50

          I have a PC too.. it’s not the same.

          Reply

  5. Rikus

    March 20, 2014 at 12:12

    “the Xbox One was the target of major updates already, but we Ps4 owners are still waiting”

    It is because the Xbone was (is?) broken from day One

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    • RikusSe....

      March 20, 2014 at 12:31

      No, because you are a poes.

      Reply

      • Rikus

        March 20, 2014 at 12:33

        Awww somebody is upset at their purchase of the Xbone. Don’t worry guy, everybody makes mistakes.

        Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 20, 2014 at 16:28

      XBrokeEn? 😀

      Reply

  6. Decembermaloy

    March 20, 2014 at 12:32

    Where’s my fugging pause-download feature?

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  7. Jonah Cash

    March 20, 2014 at 12:40

    I get why you guys might need the longer videos and the removal of HDCP(I have no idea what that means by the way), but I really just use the PS4 to play games!! The rest of the things you mention is done on my laptop with the 5.1 sound system…. I am really who Sony marketed the PS4 to, just a gamer who wants a gaming system!!

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    • KageBunshin

      March 20, 2014 at 13:09

      Exactly, its called a PLAYSTATION for a reason.

      Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      March 20, 2014 at 16:27

      Thank you. I have a medi8or for everything else.

      Reply

  8. Johann Hawley

    March 20, 2014 at 12:50

    haHA, “BLUR” – ray…

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  9. oVg deprived

    March 20, 2014 at 13:07

    I will wait for Firmware 9999.0 Super slim before spending R7999 on a multi media hub.

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  10. Flanders

    March 20, 2014 at 13:37

    ya I can agree its about time they add new features and release some more games asap.

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  11. Verrayne

    March 20, 2014 at 14:00

    I’d rather watch Blu-ray’s than “Blur-rays” to be quite honest 😉

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  12. Faghrodeen 'Fafa' Patel

    March 20, 2014 at 14:15

    So youtube works now?

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    • Brian Murphy

      March 20, 2014 at 14:57

      Not yet, the update hasn’t come yet.

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    • MF Cutty Flam

      March 20, 2014 at 22:28

      dude youtube tv is dope,

      way better than the ps3 youtube app

      Reply

      • Faghrodeen 'Fafa' Patel

        March 22, 2014 at 08:39

        Ah! I just read about this now thanks!

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  13. Garrus Vakarian

    March 20, 2014 at 20:21

    Started a new job yesterday. In a month, or so, I’m gonna buy another PS4. Sold my first due to lack of games.

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  14. MF Cutty Flam

    March 20, 2014 at 22:30

    How bout that feature that lets me play games before they are done downloading ??

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  15. Michael Matusowsky

    March 21, 2014 at 12:42

    3D blur-ray.

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  16. DiFiasco

    April 3, 2014 at 13:48

    add me to the list of ‘tired of waiting’ on all points mentioned.

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  17. Sjekke

    April 7, 2014 at 16:33

    unbelievable that the PS4 has no MP3, cd support. This is 2014 basic no? PS3 had it all….fuction shuld go up not down!!

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  18. MurderKing

    April 15, 2014 at 03:15

    Hurry Up and Add MP3 CD’S AND A VIDEO PLAYER Music Unlimited Sucks so does Video Unlimited We been waiting long enough for this update HTFU Make sure to add a beautiful visualizer like MILK DROP that always changes depending on the music iam sure you can find a programmer to make one these days in ages Next Gen More like BACKTOTHEPASTGEN

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  19. rbadger

    April 17, 2014 at 15:14

    Still waiting for DLNA and video/mp3 support. Come on SONY!

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  20. MJR

    May 1, 2014 at 13:30

    Im also sick of waiting for DLNA support, how many people have to complain before its added?

    Reply

  21. James Angus

    May 27, 2014 at 18:00

    Hi anyone want to buy my ps4 as it still dosent play CDs which means I can’t listen to music in my living room so I’m reverting back to my ps3 which can and also the sound on Netflix works properly on my ps3 so I can watch films that sound as they should.

    Reply

  22. pola

    June 6, 2014 at 20:54

    I am tired of waiting for DLNA

    Reply

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