Sony's PlayStation 4 gaming console.
When Sony's new PlayStation 4 home gaming console releases in North America November 15 the company will also be issuing a system software update containing a number of the system's launch features.
The PS4's system software update version 1.50 gives users the ability to enjoy a variety of exciting features from the day of launch and include:
- Remote Play, allowing user to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks.
- Second Screen, with which users can use the PS4 Link application for the PS Vita and PlayStation App on most smarphones and tables to use the device's screen as a secondary display for the console.
- Record, take screen shots, and upload gameplay with its dedicated, "always on" video encoding systems. Users can then share gameplay footage by pressing the "SHARE" button on the DualShock 4 gamepad with friends on Facebook and screenshots with followers on Twitter.
- Broadcast and spectate gameplay using Ustream and Twitch live internet streaming services. Furthermore, users with PlayStation Camera can stream camera images and microphone sounds along with their live gameplay broadcast.
- Play as you download, which allows gamers to play downloaded games as they're being downloaded to the local machine.
- Multi log-in, which lets as many as four users to be logged into a single PS4 system simultaneously. These players can use their own save data to play games and earn trophies on their own Sony Entertainment Network accounts even when playing a multi-player game together on a single PS4 system.
- Voice chat. Called "Party" by Sony, it uses the mono headset bundled with the PS4 system and lets players chat with up to eight friends enjoying different applications or games. Furthermore, users can use Party to chat between PS4 and PS Vita systems.
- Face recognition and voice commands using the PlayStation Camera. Users will be able to register their facial image onto their PS4 system, and login to their system using facial recognition instead the gamepad. Users can also verbally navigate through the PS4 home screen with voice commands and can even to start up games and shutdown the system, among other things.
- A background music player that lets users enjoy gameplay while listening to music in the background with Music Unlimited, a cloud-based digital music service. Users can also voice chat with friends while listening to music.
- Online Multiplayer, which requires a PlayStation Plus subscription
- Blu-ray Disc and DVD playback.
There are other features that the PS4 will not immediately support come launch day such as "suspend/resume mode", which is a feature that keeps the PS4 system in a low power state and promptly takes users back to their game.
Like it presently does with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Sony says the company will continuously enrich services and features of the PS4 and "will strive to further expand the PlayStation platform."