The PS4's next firmware update will finally let you turn on notifications for when your friends come online. It still won't let you change your username, but at least it will give you some privacy. With firmware 3.50, which goes into beta tomorrow — final release TBD — Sony is adding some much-needed features to their snazzy console including the ability to appear offline, which is something people have spent years requesting. Also, Sony says they plan to bring Remote Play to PC and Mac, which doesn't seem nearly as useful as getting it on Vita but may be helpful for people who have to share TVs.
The full feature list, via Sony:
- Friend Online Notification — Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we've added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign on the network.
- Appear Offline — Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being bothered by friends. Now it's easier to go incognito as we've added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu.
- User Scheduled Event — Time for a play date! We've added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
- Play Together — This features allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend's game, or start a new game together.
- Remote Play (PC/Mac) — We're bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows PC and Mac. This feature won't be available to test in the beta, but you can look forward to it soon.
- Dailymotion — With this update, you'll be able to live stream directly to Dailymotion on PS4. We'll also support archiving live broadcasts, like we do for other streaming services.