Posted Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 08:31 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
SHAREfactory just the tip of the iceberg.
Sony has been teasing new PS4 update features since GDC, and has finally delivered on a more substantive set of details. These details break down into two major features along with a few ancillary ones. In short though, the PS4's sharing capabilities are getting a major overhaul, and the console is officially getting pre-loading.
Sony has announced that the 1.70 update will enable SHAREfactory, which is a new, robust video editor for the PS4. From Sony, "With SHAREfactory, you can now easily combine your captured video clips for editing, personalize them with special effects using filters, transitions, and themes, as well as share them with your friends and social networks. SHAREfactory also allows you to personalize your videos by adding text, stickers, and a set of included audio tracks, as well as video commentary with picture-in-picture capability with PlayStation Camera. It also allows you to import your original music to add to the custom soundtrack for your video."
Now for some ancillary features. As promised, users will now be able to switch off HDCP, which will enable the use of external capture cards. As for the system's internal sharing system, users will now be able to export videos (and presumably screenshots) to external USB storage, in addition to the Facebook/Twitter options.
Finally, there comes what Sony is describing as the auto pre-download capability, "which allows you to pre-download your select pre-ordered game up to several days prior to release." Pre-loading games is a major feature for those used to the convenience of digital PC game platforms, and should help to relieve the bottleneck of downloading on release day for many users.
These features are described as just some of the features of the 1.70 update, which does not have a specific date but is coming soon.
You can find the latest info on 'Destiny' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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