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PS4 Firmware Update 1.70 Enhances Share and Shuts Down HDCP

Posted by Sammy Barker

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It’s barely been 24 hours since we received PlayStation 4 firmware update v1.62, but Sony is already thinking about the system’s next major update. Perhaps responding to criticism regarding the recent optional upgrade, the firm has confirmed that major enhancements are coming in the near future as part of mandatory refresh v1.70.

This brings with it a couple of key additions, as well as some long promised tweaks. For starters, the manufacturer will be shutting off HDCP encryption, meaning that you’ll easily be able to capture game footage from the console with a standard capture card. Previously, the platform required additional hardware to bypass this feature, but that’ll no longer be necessary.

If you’re more of a casual capturer, then the share feature is also being given an overhaul. In addition to being able to export your screenshots and videos to a USB stick, the Japanese giant is also adding a new video editor tool which will allow you to personalise your clips. It’s not clear what you’ll actually be able to do, but titles and filters seem likely.

Lastly, a separate update due out a little further in the future will upgrade the streaming experience available through Twitch and Ustream, allowing you to broadcast gameplay footage in 720p. The former will also allow you to archive your sessions, which has been one of the most requested features since the PS4’s launch.

Given that there’s been some unrest regarding the lack of meaningful firmware updates in recent weeks, we reckon that this should allay concerns that the platform holder’s been sitting on its hands. Are you happy with these updates? What else would you like to see added to the machine? Patch yourself up in the comments section below.


User Comments (29)



CodeSe7en said:

ALL those updates mentioned above sound very, very good. I'd like to see the start of what could be minimal-performance-affecting dashboard options (change colors, layout, folders, etc.).



get2sammyb said:

@CodeSe7en Yeah, new colours, folders, and download management are top of my list, too. Surprisingly, though, I'm really happy with the overall PS4 OS. I think the Friends list could be better sorted.



InsertNameHere said:

They've really been listening to the players and it shows, now they need to add mp3 support and everyone will be happy.



bbq_boy said:

Sounds like bits of freedom given back to gamer. But on another note where's the VITA updates?! Most urgently on vita can Sony remove the sodding screen power save option, cause watching game cut scenes is really annoying! And how about the option to take photos on vita, upload to ps4 and use as background? Better yet let us change our backgrounds!



Damiien666 said:

Gotta say I'd like better editing features for editing videos (length-wise) before upload. I don't neccessarily want to upload 15 mins of footage. Also when will we get better control of IGN channel. Annoying when you watching an hour long podcastand have to leave mid video. No FFW or Resume feature is lame.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I did suggest a share editor, its just common sense. All I need now is to burn all my music onto what's left of the hard drive.



Damiien666 said:

@Dordrid yeah defo need this too. Music Unlimited Premium is pretty cool but need to be able to play movies and tunes through HDrive now



kensredemption said:

I was hoping for software-based emulation of PS3 games...If Nintendo did one thing right, it was keeping complete backwards compatibility with games and accessories. Though, being able to play my own music from my Walkman would be a MUCH preferable alternative to using Music Unlimited. -Sigh- Maybe in 2.0...



Dub-Focus said:

Hopefully allow Chat Audio to come out the TV whilst the "Earbug" is Plugged in for its Mic



irken004 said:

Exporting videos is a great addition, as a video major myself I can make my own titles and edits



jdsawlor said:

External hard drive downloads! I hate the price of laptop hard drives yet the cost of a 4tb is now so cheap!



PMasterTy9 said:

Finally!! Now I can start sharing and streaming the way I want to. However, I still plan on streaming Infamous.



jayclayx said:

really? what about a local musicvideo hd player and a customizable background I mean blue is cool but....



Midzark said:

Yay happy with the "share" upgrade I use that as I don't bother doing the capture card side of things! Looking forward to see the new edit side of things



DoublezZ01 said:

Well at least we all kno we are practically close to the main updates we have all been waiting inspired by our dear PS3!!!



thedevilsjester said:

I wish they would do something about the main layout. Let me hide Playroom, Music Unlimited and the Video service and allow me to set max number of games/apps shown without having to delete them. The list is getting too long.



jre71 said:

@coolcrushkilla I'd also like to see my PX5's stop collecting dust. Still can't understand how the bluetooth fiasco has been overlooked. These kind of things should have been operational before it released.



jre71 said:

I'd like to see chat party's not be limited to just 8 friends. It's really annoying when your playing ground war on COD and the chat party is smaller than the actual gaming party. Would also be helpful during clan wars.

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