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#1 Asmodai

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 21:22

Sony plans to announce details of a future PS4 firmware update "very soon", European PS Blog manager Fred Dutton has teased.

Responding to fans asking for information on when further system updates would be revealed, Dutton confirmed: "Yes, more news on PS4 firmware updates very soon. Stay tuned."

Dutton later added that he couldn't confirm when details would be released, but reiterated to fans to expect more info "soon".

Sony has been criticised by some fans for its sluggish approach to PS4 firmware updates, particularly when compared to Microsoft's monthly strategy for Xbox One.

The latest major PS4 system update launched at the end of April introducing SHAREfactory, a USB export option for screenshots and video and the option to disable HDCP.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 21:25

Seems to be around the time Microsoft announces theirs. But given Sonys track record I am predicting it will by a tiny point release with nothing more than 'software stability' in the changelog.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 22:55

With Gamescom next month and PS Now launching / leaving beta, it could be a big one.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 06:29

What are some of the features that the PS4 should have? CD playback? MP3 compatibility? DLNA? Might be stuff like that?



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:09

What are some of the features that the PS4 should have? CD playback? MP3 compatibility? DLNA? Might be stuff like that?

 

DLNA would be good.  Primarily I would just like to see a lot of the features they announced when they first announced the console. Like suspend mode, 1-1 game streaming (not the twitch/ustream thing there at the moment), controller share, there's loads that never made it into the console even this far after launch.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:18

MKV playback!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:42

I wouldn't mind 4K video playback.

 

Although we know 4K gaming is completely out of the question it is perfectly feasible they could enable support for HEVC 4K video playback from Netflix.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:28

Let's just hope they don't troll us all and just release stability updates.  :rofl:



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:35

I wouldn't mind 4K video playback.
 
Although we know 4K gaming is completely out of the question it is perfectly feasible they could enable support for HEVC 4K video playback from Netflix.


Unless it has a HEVC decoder built in I can't see that happening, 4k H.264 is ok if you have the right hardware, but HEVC is much more resource intensive.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:39

Unless it has a HEVC decoder built in I can't see that happening, 4k H.264 is ok if you have the right hardware, but HEVC is much more resource intensive.

 

Maybe its GPU would be up to the task with a software codec if it is just being used for Netflix?  I read somewhere that Netflix said it was technically possible for them to stream 4k to the PS4 but it would be up to Sony to implement it. How true that is I don't know though, but it would be good.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:49

 

Bit ridiculous if you ask me, what is their software team doing?



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:55

How much do these things crash with the only updates seemingly being stability updates

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 14:09

 

Bit ridiculous if you ask me, what is their software team doing?

 

That's not the update the PlayStation EU blog was referring to.  The 1.8 release is supposed to some out around Gamescom (which runs Aug. 14-17) and is supposed to contain "media features"... some of which they say the PS3 already does, others not.  So there is a lot of speculation on what that actually means.  In any event it should be out in under a month so hopefully Sony will give an official heads up with what it is going to contain sometime soon.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 15:36

I have a feeling that one of those media features will be proper 3D Bluray support.

 

Otherwise, DLNA would be awesome, along with a revamped audio and video player (with decent format support).  Beyond media, there are a number of UI tweaks that would be nice to see.

 

As far as stability improvements, some of the apps could certainly use it. I'm looking forward to a robust update with 1.8.



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 15:40

I'm not too sure how versioning works but if it the update really contains a lot of media features then shouldn't they call it version 2 rather than 1.8?