Although it has led to quite a few connection problems for PS4 users, earlier today Sony launched the much-anticipated 2.0 update for their latest home console. The update adds several useful features to the PS4, including Share Play and YouTube uploads, along with a slightly different look to the dashboard.
From a visual perspective, 2.0 offers PS4 owners a much cleaner dashboard. It's not a grand leap, mind you, but tiny details like a folder for storing unused applications and a simpler interface are enough to make this update feel unique.
Of course, the biggest feature packaged with update 2.0 is Share Play, Sony's new screen-sharing feature. Share Play lets players share a game with a friend as if they were simply handing over the controller. That friend can take full control over the game or participate in multiplayer, all without actually owning or downloading the title.
There is one caveat to the Share Play feature, though; it only lasts for 60 minutes at a time. Sony has yet to put a limit on how many times a player can share, so presumably you could share an entire game one 60-minute chunk at a time.
Sony is also cutting out the middleman for YouTube uploads with update 2.0, allowing players to trim, name, and upload videos directly from their PS4. There is also a new YouTube app added to the PSN store, for viewing videos and whatnot.
Other highlights of the software update include a USB music player, new features for Live Broadcasting like the ability to stream party chat audio from all participants, and new themes and colors for the dashboard background. Read more about the top update 2.0 features below:
- Share Play: PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game — even when they don’t own a copy of it. PlayStation Plus membership is required for certain Share Play features.
- YouTube: Upload your gameplay highlights directly from PS4 to YouTube by clicking the “SHARE” button on DualShock 4. In addition, a YouTube app for PS4 will be available to download from the PlayStation Store.
- Themes & Colors: Personalize your home screen background with select themes and colors. As a big thank-you to the PlayStation Nation, we want to kick-start your dynamic theme options by giving away a theme for two of the biggest titles gamers will be playing on PlayStation 4 this fall; Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Both themes will be available for download on Tuesday.
- Live Broadcasting Enhancements: Search filters, archived broadcast support and more have been added to Live from PlayStation
- Content Area & Library: Find and access your content quicker with a redesigned Content Area and improved filter and sort functions for the PS4 Library.
- USB Music Player: Insert USB memory with music in your PS4 and start playing your favorite tunes in the background.
- What’s New: To make the activity feed more relevant and timely for you, What’s New will add Friends of Friends suggestions and Live Broadcasting updates from your friends at the top of your feed.
It's important to note that everything has not been peaches and cream with 2.0, as some players are reporting serious problems with the update. For example, some users have said that putting the system into Rest mode (the new version of 'Standby') forces it into a frozen state from which a hard reset is the only recourse. In other words, while these features might be useful, be prepared for a few hiccups as well.
And while features like suspend/resume may be missing, there are still some really major – potentially game-changing – additions in this update. So get to downloading.
What do you think of the new PS4 update? Which features have you found the most useful?