A major software update coming to PlayStation 4 tomorrow will bring a number of requested features to the system that Sony says will enhance the social aspects of its console.
The update, which is codenamed “Yukimura,” includes a new suspend/resume feature that will allow gamers to jump in and out of games quickly and pick up where they left off. The patch will also allow users to search for fellow gaming friends on Facebook and easily view what their friends are playing with the addition of a “Friends Who Play This” section on each game detail page.
In fact, Sony appears to be making more of a push toward social networking site integration overall. A new feature is coming tomorrow that automatically take a screenshot when a Trophy is earned and which can then be shared online. Users can also sort their Trophy list into new categories, like “Earned Date,” “Not Earned” and “Grade,” and have the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.
Likewise, players will have the ability to upload video clips directly to Dailymotion, while Twitter-like verified accounts will also be introduced for games industry professionals, developers, producers, designers and community managers. These accounts will feature badges that designate the account is verified.
Sony is also working to improve and expand its accessibility options, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignment for the controller and a zoom feature for displayed pictures, as well as inverted colors, will be available after the update. Similarly, text-to-speech and enlarged text will be made available.
PlayStation Vita systems and PlayStation App for smartphones will also receive system software updates tomorrow, and will get complimentary features to those added on PS4. The PS Vita update version 3.50 and PlayStation App update version 2.50 will add new accessibility options, including enlarge text and increase contrast.
Author: Emily Gera