Recent complaints on public forums and social networks confirm that gamers don’t really know what they want. Sony was lambasted throughout the entire PlayStation 3 generation for releasing too many firmware updates, and so it’s clearly made a conscious effort to release fewer big patches as opposed to lots of little ones on the PlayStation 4. Ask the average NeoGAF poster, however, and they’ll tell you that the firm’s silence in this department is a clear example of the company’s returning complacency. Hmm.
Nevertheless, the platform holder has confirmed that a big firmware update is on the way, we just don’t know when. The meaty v1.70 system software download was announced last month, and promised massive changes to the next-gen console’s share functionality, as well as the removal of HDCP and various other improvements. Speculation suggests that those extras will include friends list fixes and game sorting options, though the source seems a bit shaky, so take that with caution.
One thing’s for sure, though: the update may not be far away. Community manager Chris Owen – who tends to tweet about patches before they officially hit – noted yesterday that there’s “so much news coming out this week”. While that message has this editor twitching like a boxer before going ten rounds with Muhammad Ali, we’d put money on the PS4’s latest firmware update factoring into that onslaught. We’re actually really looking forward to seeing all of the changes. The question is: are you?