It’s been about a year since Sony released firmware update 2.0 for the PlayStation 4, when the system finally got Share Play and new streaming features. Since then, several other updates have come to the console to implement new features – like Suspend/Resume – and many, many system stability updates.
Since then, PS4 owners have been eager for the next major update, but lately they’ve been pretty minor. Apparently, that’s going to change within the coming weeks, as the first details on PS4 update 3.0 have leaked, courtesy of a Japanese beta tester.
The news comes from Pocket News, but Gematsu has since translated the full list of reported features. The most notable ones come in the form of YouTube Broadcasting and the ability to share 10 second video clips to Twitter, but there’s plenty of other stuff coming as part of the update. We’ll have to wait and see if it appeases those that began the campaign for a better PSN, however.
Alongside the previously mentioned YouTube support, update 3.0 also adds an Event section to the main menu for players to discover, participate, and view listed events; a new Community section in the Friends list menu that “lets you find close players with similar preferences and interests;” and PS Plus will be added to the main menu as well, where members can keep up with the newest free games for the month, in addition to the latest discounts. Presumably, this will also be where Sony advertises the recently announced Vote to Play program.
Interestingly enough, the PS4’s YouTube support comes not too long after Google announced their YouTube Gaming platform, which has been designed to keep gamers “connected to the games, players, and culture that matter to you.” As of right now, however, there’s no telling how YouTube and the PS4 will interact with one another.
For that matter, Sony has yet to officially say anything about the upcoming update, meaning we can’t say for sure when it’ll be released or how big it is. That said, seeing as how 3.0 is already in beta in Japan, we can speculate that it might get a worldwide beta release in the near future, before rolling out to all PS4 users shortly after that.
Are there any additional features you’re hoping to see in this update or future updates? Maybe something you want Sony to fix? The company’s been pretty good when it comes to keeping their leading console updated and performing maintenance, so perhaps community requests are right around the corner.