Since launch, the PlayStation 4 has experienced serious sales success and it seems that nothing can dissuade people from buying Sony's console. Although people are more than happy to shell out for the sleek, black box, something that is a real cause of frustration for PS4 owners is its lack of firmware updates. While the Xbox One gets firmware updates almost every month (backward compatibility will be added soon), with the PS4 Sony opts to stagger its updates instead, giving players a ton of new features at once.
For example, the last major PS4 firmware update, update 2.5, was released all the way back in March. The biggest feature it introduced was Suspend/Resume which allows people to stop playing a game or using an app and continue with it later, without the PS4 restarting the entire thing. Update 2.5 also allowed PS4 players to backup games to an external hard drive and it added new accessibility features too (e.g text bolding and the ability to zoom).
Those features were all welcomed, but plenty more could be added as PS4 players' needs constantly evolve with the console's life cycle. The next PS4 firmware update, update 3.0, has been in testing for a short while but Sony has now revealed the the update will be released on September 30, 2015 – which, as of the time of this writing, is tomorrow.
As detailed in the above video, many of update 3.0's new features are to do with the console's social elements. For example, now that live-streaming platform YouTube Gaming has gone live, PS4 players can now broadcast their gameplay live as they would to Twitch or Ustream. PS4 players can also share recorded gameplay via Twitter – unfortunately there's a 10 second limit on video clips, so that's something to consider when editing.
Moreover, PS4 firmware update 3.0 introduces the Events and Communities features. Events is a hub of events where PS4 players can llook at what sort of activities are going on in their favorite games. These activities may be developer-hosted challenges or even official livestreams from the devs themselves. Communities, on the other hand, allows PS4 players to join and create groups with people based on common interests, whether that be a specific game or a specific genre. There are message boards, screenshot sharing, and the ability to join parties all included. In addition to being a place to chat, the idea is that Communities can give players tips on how beat a tricky bit of their game.
Additionally, firmware 3.0 adds stickers (Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Knack, and Resogun are just some sticker examples) that players can send via the messaging system, new improvements to messages makes it easier to speak to those who players talk to regularly, and the PS4 will also gain a dedicated section for PlayStation Plus subscribers. PS Plus subscribers now get access to 10GB of online storage (up from 1GB) as well.
Are you happy with the features in update 3.0? What would you like Sony to add with the next PS4 firmware update? Leave a comment and let us know.