Here’s the Info about the PS4’s Day One Update

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Day-one updates: they’re a reality of the video game business, you know? The Wii U’s day-one update was ridiculously huge, and took the better part of a day to get finished. And we’ve heard tell that the Xbox One will have a day-one update as well to account for all the DRM-style features that have been stripped out of the console since it was unveiled back in May. So the PlayStation 4 is going to get in on the act as well.

The PlayStation Blog has the full descriptions of each of the following features that’ll be included in the day-one patch, but here’s a bulleted list of what will show up on your console when you first flick that power switch:

  • Remote Play
  • Second Screen
  • Record, take screenshots, and upload gameplay effortlessly
  • Broadcast and spectate gameplay
  • Play as you download
  • Multi log-in
  • Party (Voice chat)
  • Face recognition and voice commands
  • Background music player
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Blu-ray Disc and DVD player

Some of those aren’t too important to a lot of us—facial recognition will only work for those with the PlayStation camera, of course, and multi-login only matters if more than one player uses the PS4. But features like second-screen and remote play are pretty crucial for those of us with the PlayStation Vita or tablets and smartphones. For a lot of our readers in particular, I can see that the “record” and “broadcast/spectate” features are of pretty paramount importance.

The description of the remote play feature also sheds some much-needed light on the question of the relationship between the Vita and the PS4. Here it is, word-for-word:

“Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link (Depending on network environment or titles, remote play performance may vary outside of the home). We anticipate that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play. The latest PS Vita system software version, to be released soon, will be required to use PS4 Link.”

In short, that’s confirmation that, yes, you’ll be able to play your PlayStation 4 games on your Vita anywhere you have Wi-Fi access. Of course, performance might be garbage if the Wi-Fi you’re connected to is similarly garbage. And also, the streaming is pretty contingent on your PS4 being on and running on a network. But still, that’s a pretty epic feature. I’m sure it’s not getting a ton of detailed press from Sony if only because of the spottiness of the Wi-Fi networks the world over. Some places have great internet utilities—others, not so much. But if I can start a game at home, pause it on my PS4, and head out to the mall with my Vita and pick up where I left off while my girlfriend goes shoe-shopping, that’s pretty amazing.

The update will be only about 300 MB, and a post on Eurogamer about the update confirms from Sony that you’ll be able to play games while it’s downloading, so you don’t have to wait for the whole thing to finish before you jump into the action. Now, as to what you’ll play—that’s a dicier issue. I just pre-ordered Knack because I like adventure platformers…and because Watch Dogs was delayed and Killzone just hasn’t grabbed me. But this Knack purchase was done mostly out of saying, “well, I need to play something on this thing.”

What do you think of the impending PS4 launch?

[Via PlayStation Blog and Eurogamer]

  1. getting a ps4 and i would like to say fuck killzone halo ftw

  2. I don’t think I’ll be getting a Ps4 this time around. Ryse, Halo and Dead Rising 3 are just some of the games I’m looking forward to the xbone. The PS4 had me with Deep Down, but then they released more details and I lost interest. But, who knows? We still have some time before launch…

  3. Can’t wait for PS4. I think AC4 BF4 and COD:Ghosts will be more than enough to keep it awesome. I’m a PC gamer so I already have the specs of PS4 basically. I LOVE STEAM!!! What really interests me on PS4 is the ability to communicate on PSN and play ALL games with FULL controller support!

  4. I was going to buy a PS4 on launch day, but Sony in it’s infinite wisdom decided it would be awesome to charge two thousand dollars for it here, so I’ll get next year when I get back to London.

    • Not sure where you are, but i’m sure it’s not Sony that’s charging that price, but the import tax that the government imposes that’s causing the price to be that high. From what I’ve seen so far, most people that complain about it being so expensive are from Brazil. And yes, the issue in Brazil is the government’s fault, not Sony.

      • That’s a lie, whoever informed you of that is wrong, wanna see why?

        Let’s say I ask my mum to buy it for me at the local Game, and ask her to mail to me here, it’s not a priority mail, so say the cheapest one, the PS4 box I assume weights around 10 pounds, so, 150 pounds or so for the shipping.

        Cost so far, around 850 US dollars, now when it gets here, I have to pay the outrageous import taxes, something around 530 BRL, around 260 USD, but say I can’t go pick it up, and need FedEx to bring to my home, it’s another 50 USD for my laziness.

        Total cost of importing something from the bloody Europe? 1170 USD, converted to local currency, something around 2600 BRL, that’s a very low estimate, there might be some hiddens fees somewhere, so let’s round to 3000 BRL, which is around 1300 USD.

        Now do explain to me, hows it possible for me, buying a single unit from across the bloody Atlantic Ocean, managed to buy it cheaper, paying the EXACT same taxes, than a massive corporation distributing TENS OF THOUSANDS of units?

        Even if you take into consideration the logistics of transportation and the percentage retail add to the price, the local price is preposterous, and trying to scapegoat on government is ludicrous to say the least.

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