The PS4 System Update 1.70 Has Landed

...So is it landing or taking off? Worst headline/image combo ever. But anyway. Here are all the new features and improvements from today's update.

As we previously reported, one of the biggest new additions to 1.70 is SHAREfactory; a new app that lets you edit, combine, annotate or commentate recorded footage, giving you a clip which you can then share via the Share Screen or through Facebook. Joy.

Another new feature is a Steam-style pre-loading system for pre-ordered games, which allows you to download your game a few days prior to release day, letting you play as soon as official release time hits. Below is the full feature list as it appears on Sony's PlayStation blog:

SHAREfactory: After you update your PS4 to v1.70, an icon to download our free SHAREfactory app will appear on your PS4 system’s home screen once it’s available. Once installed, SHAREfactory allows you to easily customize your gameplay videos with special effects, video commentary with picture-in-picture capability through PlayStation Camera, and custom soundtracks using the included audio tracks or your original music imported from a USB drive. You can then share your videos on Facebook or export them to an external USB storage device. The app is packed with plenty of cool, but accessible, tools. It’s simple enough to use for beginning editors, while functioning as a rich video editor for those with more creative aspirations. Check out our new SHAREfactory video above that provides a walkthrough of what you can expect:   Automatic pre-download: You’ll soon be able to start downloading select pre-ordered games from PlayStation Store. This new feature allows you to get to your games faster by automatically downloading select pre-ordered games up to several days in advance of the release, so that it’s ready to play as soon as the game is released on launch day. There’s also a countdown timer prior to the release of the game so you’ll know how soon your game will be available for you to start playing.   Option to disable HDCP for games: This highly requested feature will allow you to have the option to turn off HDCP for games so you can capture longer gameplay sessions directly from your HDMI output and export them elsewhere.   USB export option for captured gameplay: It’s now even easier to show off your heroic gaming moments and the SHAREfactory videos you create with the world using this feature to export your videos and screenshots to a USB drive. Just click on the DUALSHOCK 4 SHARE button, save your gameplay on a USB drive, and then share your proudest achievements on other social networks and other video platforms.   Live broadcasting in HD and archiving support: We’ve increased the resolution for live broadcasts so you and your friends can watch games livestreamed in 720p HD. You can also archive your broadcasts on Twitch or Ustream and watch them again later.   New SHARE options: We’ve got a number of new SHARE settings that will give you better control of what you want to share with your friends. Here is what you can look forward to:

  • Change the default gameplay recording time in the SHARE menu under Video Clip Settings.
  • Save only the video clips and screenshots you want by selecting Upload
  • Screenshots or Upload Video Clips for each capture. Also upload video clips and screenshots during your live gameplay broadcasts.
  • Select specific Facebook audiences to share each video or screenshot with.

  New DUALSHOCK 4 options: New light bar settings have been added for DUALSHOCK 4, allowing you to change it to Bright, Medium or Dim in the Settings menu. The touchpad has also been updated, allowing you to navigate the on-screen keyboard using the DUALSHOCK 4 touchpad.   New Friends options: It’s now easier to find Friends and send requests with the ability to search Friends-of-Friends, view Mutual Friends on another user’s profile, and accept Friend requests directly from the Friends list.   New Trophies sort option: You can now sort Trophies by rarity in the Options menu.   PlayStation Store payment support: Similar to PS3, we’re introducing Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) for PS4 for content purchased on PS Store, starting with PayPal support.   More PlayStation Camera commands: More voice commands are added to PlayStation Camera, allowing you to launch the apps installed on your PS4 with the sound of your voice.   New PlayStation Plus icon: For Plus members, you’ll now have the PS Plus icon appear next to your SEN ID on the login screen, home screen and other areas across the PS4 system’s sleek user interface.   Music Unlimited SHARE options: With a Music Unlimited subscription, you can easily share your favorite songs with your friends by pressing the SHARE button on your DUALSHOCK 4.

What do you guys think about the new changes? Anything take your fancy? Have at it in the comments section below.


    I just installed it. There was no mention of the controller light settings in the patch notes, so I'll have to do that later. However I am so freaking happy to have the HDCP turned off as I capture video footage for reviews and let's play videos.... Now only if they removed it from the PS3 too

      Have they done anything to degrade the quality when HDCP is switched off? That was one of the concerns about this feature (if there is no downside to having HDCP off, why even make it an option?).

        I got it to go at 1080p with no issues. I've recorded test footage and it was fine, but i output all videos at 720p due to size issues (1gb a minute at RAW mp4 footage)

    It would also be nice to be able to pause downloads, this however might be asking too much :P

      It actually annoys the crap out of me you cant pause without deleting the update entirely.

      Nice to see a large quantity of different updates though. Gives me good hope they may even bring back the media centre functionality that the PS3 still very much has.

      I'm just happy they are adding stuff frequently. Launch consoles only start to feel how they will for the rest of the gen functionality wise after about a year IMO... except for the PS3 that got all those restrictions to video formats half way through that lead to the loss of sound on some formats... That's when I started using a laptop for a media centre instead :/

    Exactly,you would think media support would be day 1

      You know, I thought that might be what they'd concentrate on for their first major patch... but damn it...

    That's all great and everything but there's one thing I need to know: just how stable is it?

    Most of this stuff seems like it should've been there from release.

    There is a workaround so you can pause downloads. If you want to pause just go into settings > network and unstick connect to internet and wait a couple of minutes and you will get a notification saying unable to download. When you want to resume the download just go into the downloads section and choose the download and it will continue from where it left off.

      Can't use that method to prioritise downloads though, can you?

    I hope the sharing function itself has been fixed up a bit. I don't know about anyone else (and this wasn't a problem for me shortly after launch), but every time I try to view prior content again, I find that the system hasn't actually recorded the past fifteen minutes, but rather the first fifteen minutes since I turned it on. I've lost a couple of pretty cool moments in games as a result.

      This has also happened to me, hopefully this has been fixed

    that USB export, fat32 only or NTFS or better?

    So, still no basic media playback or DLNA support?

    Then I guess I'm still not buying a PS4. Get yourselves together Sony. It is ridiculous to release a console in 2014 that can't do these basic tasks.


    Also, Vita got an update. Something about PS4 link app connecting via Internet.

    How is it possible that they haven't even added 3D Bluray support. My PS3 is far more useful at this point than my PS4, given its DLNA and 3D support.

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