The complete PS4 day one launch guide – everything you need for release
PS4‘s first system software update, version 1.50 of it’s system software is a 300MB patch that will be available at launch. Shuhei Yoshida has said it will download in the background so hopefully you’ll barely notice it. You can see the what it’ll add below. The PS4‘s suspend/resume mode, which lets you put the console to sleep in a low power mode won’t make launch but will be added. A number of other PS4 features will be added post launch such as certain headset functionality.
Sony, “anticipate most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play“. There’s dedicated hardware inside the PlayStation 4 to do it and the Remote Play feature is more or less compulsory unless a dev has a good excuse (using the PS4 Eye being one of them). On the PS4 Vita side the ‘PS4 link’ is due with the next firmware update.
You’ll be able to use you PS Vita, iPhone, iPad, or Android-based smartphones/tablets as a second screen where games use the feature. For the PS Vita it uses the PS4 Link app due in the next firmware. For everything else you ‘ll need the PS4 PlayStation App which is out just before launch. How it works depend on the game. Assassin’s Creed 4 uses it to manage your fleet of ships while Watch Dogs and The Devision have entirely seperate online games between PS4 and mobile devices.
Record, take screenshots, and upload gameplay effortlessly
According to Sony: “At the PS4 system’s launch, users will be able to share their images and videos with friends on Facebook and screenshots with followers on Twitter, though users will need to sign up for individual accounts to use Facebook and Twitter”. The PS4 constantly records the last 15 minutes of game play and the Share Button lets you capture video and images you can send out while playing.
Broadcast and spectate gameplay
As well as sharing video footage the PS4 can also broadcast live, meaning you can drop in on your friends and see them play. It currently uses Ustream and Twitch (and you’ll need to sign up). There are two way to watch at the moment. Firstlt there’s the ‘Live from PlayStation’ app that does it on PS4. You can also watch from PC and mobile devices via services such as the afore mentioned Ustream, Twitch. If you’re using the PlayStation App then you can comment as well. If you’re broadcasting and have the PS4 camera set up then you can stream camera images and sounds along with the live gameplay.
PlayGo is Sony’s fancy word for being able to play games as you download them. Not every game has it but the ones that do are packaged in such a way that you can start playing as soon as you have the first level. The rest of the game then downloads in the background.
Four people can login to a single PS4 system at once. That let’s each use their own save data and earn trophies. There are some specific rules on ‘primary systems’ and how multi-logins work which we’ll get to in full shortly.
You can chat with eight friends regardless of what game or app they’re playing. You can even talk to people on PS Vita. There’s also a headset in the box so there’s no excuse.
Face recognition and voice commands
This is still a little vague but the promise is “Users with PlayStation Camera will be able to register their facial image onto their PS4 system, and login to their system using facial recognition”. You can also apparently also use the head set or camera to start and stop games or your PS4.
Don’t get too excited. This only seems mention Sony’s Music Unlimited service so it’s unclear if you can play music from the harddrive. You can, again, chat to other people while you’re doing it.
Not a lot to say about this, really. It’s all the online functionality
Blu-ray Disc and DVD player
Sony are pretty emphatic here simply stating: “Users must connect to the internet to activate this feature”.