Next Big PS4 Update Adds YouTube Streaming, More Online Storage

Next Big PS4 Update Adds YouTube Streaming, More Online Storage

Sony has announced the big features coming to PlayStation 4's upcoming 3.00 firmware update, and there's lots to get excited about.

PlayStation Blog has the details, revealing the firmware's internal codename was "Kenshin". There's no release date yet, unfortunately, but it should be before the end of the year.

The most exciting additions include streaming to YouTube, more space for cloud saves (from 1GB to 10GB), the ability to share 10-second video clips via Twitter, and letting players sort friends into groups. The last one should make it way easier to put together multiplayer games.

Here's everything, via Sony:

  • 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 live stream gameplay to YouTube. Live streams 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.

  • Favourite Groups -- Favourite 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 the 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.


Comments

    Finally! I've been crying out for an increase to cloud storage for a while. This is good news :D

    I hope the updated fixes the issue I'm having with it no longer automatically downloading patches etc while the console is in standby mode. For some reason it never starts downloading anything until I turn it on - it used to work fine. It's a bit annoying if I buy something from the store view the website and tell it to start downloading, then get home from work that night expecting to be able to play it only to find it never actually started downloading until I turn it on :(

      The ps4 has a bug whereby the notifications get full and then it won't auto update stuff. To fix you need to delete notifications, not just the regular ones but also the ones that appear when you fail to upload stuff (i.e. Your cloud storage is full.) unfortunately, the failure to uload notifications need to be deleted singularly! It's awful...
      On another note ; still no folders for games!?!

        Hmm really? I think I tend to keep those tidied up anyway, so I don't think that would be the problem. I'll double check it anyway, though, just in case - thanks.

          yeah check your downloads and uploads sections as well and start deleting. It's stupid having to do it one at the time but it works

            Hmm I went and cleared out all the upload / download notifications last night. There were a lot of them! But it still doesn't seem to have fixed the auto downloading :( I went to the website and grabbed the new PS+ stuff last night and told it to download, but it only started downloading after I turned the PS4 on this morning :( Is there anything else I need to do after clearing out the notifications?

          Yeah, I kept my notifications tidied as well but once I filled up cloud storage I lost auto downloads. Found a million (not literally) failed to upload notifications in a separate section and after deleting them all, it suddenly worked. Good luck ☺

            Ooooh ok, maybe I need to drill a little deeper down into the UI to see if I've missed some. Cheers!

    how about a consistent connection and no down times?

    That would be swell :)

    I dont know why there isn't a Twitch app for PS4. It was one of the first apps I looked for when I got the system and .... no bueno. Seems odd.

      You're meant to use the "Live from PlayStation" app to watch twitch streams. If that doesn't do what you want, you might be out of luck (unless the web browser can handle it).

    Anybody else still get the discover power options notification if they turn their console off?

      Yep, most of the time I just leave it in rest mode, but if I turn it off completely I always get the discover power options when turning it back on.

    I would like it if Sony made it easier to turn off the PS4. It's so annoying, once you hold down the PS button, have to click through to the power setting just to turn it off.

    I would love a permanent fix to the ridiculous random disc eject issue!!!!!

    Woohoo, more space that's awesome! Sounds like a great little firmware upgrade.

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