Posted Wed Sep 2, 2015 at 04:34 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Twitter clips, message stickers and more.
Recently, Sony called for PS4 users to beta test PS4 System Update 3.00 (codenamed Kenshin). Those who were accepted, along with the users already in the beta program, can look forward to testing 3.00 this week. (Or very soon; check those emails and PS4 messages).
As part of the program, Sony has announced many of the features that will be tested. All of these features have to the potential to make the official 3.00 release, but some may not be ready for prime time once the beta concludes.
Frankly, as someone who does not enjoy getting the "Cannot upload save data" message with each new PS4 game, the overdo and practically necessary increase in online saved data capacity is the easily the big highlight. (It would help if certain save files weren't so huge.)
Of course, of greater prominence to many are the added social features. From live YouTube streaming to 10 second Twitter clips to Friend Groups and Communities, it's pretty clear that the entire Friends and social experience on the PS4 is headed for big changes.
Below is a set of highlighted features from the beta 3.00:
Online storage capacity increase — PS4 online storage capacity has increased from 1GB to 10GB for all PS Plus members. In 3.00 system software, you’ll see that we added a handy usage meter to monitor your available storage capacity, and a new Auto-Upload menu has been added to Application Saved Data Management.
YouTube live — PS4 owners will be able to livestream gameplay to YouTube. Livestreams will be viewable across YouTube, including on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.
Events — A new hub for events has been added, giving an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, you may see an update for a Double XP weekend, a special enemy appearing at a scheduled time, or seasonal events like in-game towns being decorated for the winter. You’ll also receive notifications when the event starts, or if the timing changes.
Favorite Groups — Favorite Groups has been added to the Friends app, letting you quickly access groups of people you like to play games with frequently. This will make the process of getting a game session up and running even easier.
Communities — PS4 users will have the ability to create communities based around shared interests, like games, genres, and more. Communities include a message board with general discussion, screenshots shared by players, and the ability to join parties / games. If you want to tackle a big multiplayer raid, but don’t have enough friends available, this could be a great way to connect with other players who are looking for the same thing.
Sharing video clips to Twitter — Users will have the ability to share video clips directly to Twitter. Maximum video length is 10 seconds, though you’ll have the ability to trim longer clips.
Stickers — Tired of typing out messages? With this update, you’ll be able to send stickers to friends through your messages.
Now Playing / What’s New — The Now Playing screen will display even more information about what your friends are doing, and you’ll be able to quickly jump into a game, party, request a screen share, or get sent to the PS Store to buy the game your friend is playing – further enhancing the social relationship with your friends online.
Live from PlayStation — We’ve improved the Live From PlayStation app, making it easier to view popular trending broadcasts in real time.
Request to watch gameplay — Want to view a friend’s gameplay session? Now you can send a ‘Request to Watch’ notification to a player, which will start a live broadcast or Share Play invitation to the person playing.
One feature not listed here, but likely, is the ability to save screenshots as PNGs.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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