PS4 Firmware Update 1.5 Detailed
The PS4 has a firmware update coming launch day carrying a size of 300MB. The version 1.5 firmware update installs almost all of the features that Sony has said is available on the console. Perhaps these features were added with a firmware update so that they could focus on getting the console released first, although there’s no way to be certain. A slew of features will be hitting the PS4 with this update although it’s currently unclear, in turn, what comes with firmware 1.0. Here are a few key features being implemented with firmware update 1.5:
A maximum of four users can log-in to a single PS4 system simultaneously. These players can use their own save data to play games, and also earn trophies on their own Sony Entertainment Network accounts even when playing a multiplayer game together on a single PS4 system.
Face recognition and voice commands
Users with PlayStation Camera will be able to register their facial image onto their PS4 system, and login to their system using facial recognition instead of DualShock 4. Furthermore, users can use either the microphone of the Mono Head set connected to DualShock 4, or PlayStation Camera to navigate through the PS4 home screen (PlayStation Dynamic Menu) with voice commands to start up games and shutdown the system, among other features; please refer to PS4â€™s online manual for recognizable voice commands.
However, the update doesn’t install all of the features that Sony would like to have on the PlayStation 4. One thing that will be missing at launch, but will most likely be implemented later on, is the “suspend/resume mode.”
Some features will not be available at launch, such as â€œsuspend/resume modeâ€ which is a feature that keeps the PS4 system in a low power state and promptly takes users back to their game. We will provide additional information about system software update version 1.50 and features available at the PS4 systemâ€™s North America launch, and features that will be available after launch, in the near future.
While that feature does seem like a great feature to have, it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle to wait for it. Granted, it would be nice to have it at launch; however, if that means that the delay means they’re working out the kinks so that we get to use the feature fluidly, it shouldn’t be too bothersome of a wait. Just think of it at continuing what we are already familiar with on the PS3 until we get to use it.
Not to mention, they stated the official name of the PS4’s UI. “PlayStation Dynamic Menu” makes it sound pretty sophisticated.
For the full details of the firmware update, click here.