Most PS4 Features Will Be Activated by Day-One Update
If you’re planning to pick up your PS4, hook it up and immediately start streaming a Killzone: Shadow Fall match on November 15, you may not be in luck. Sony announced today that PS4 firmware update 1.50 will be available as soon as the console launches, and it will be required to make most all of the system’s features work, with the main exception being offline play.
This update will be 300mb in size, and will enable the following things: online play; local multiplayer with more than one profile logged in; PS Vita remote play; second screen on Vita and the PlayStation App for Android and iOS; the share functions, including recording of gameplay, streaming and taking screenshots; spectating other people’s streams; play as you download for PSN games; party chat; facial recognition and voice commands with the PlaySation Camera; background music from Music Unlimited; watching blu-ray and DVD movies.
That leaves very little else. I’ve seen others assert that this update will be on game discs as has been the case when new PS3 games required a certain firmware to run, but I doubt that will be the case here. Though Sony isn’t saying this, but this update is likely less about adding features that weren’t pre-installed but enabling things already there. This way, breaking street date with a retail PS4 isn’t so grand a prospect.
And so now the PS4 is something to dread as well as anticipate, because when the Wii U launched with a day-on update to download last year it did not go so smoothly. But perhaps Sony haslearned from that and all the other issues that have plagued online services tons of people tried to use at the same time over the past couple years.