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This Is Your First Look at PS4 Firmware Update 1.70 in Action

Posted by Sammy Barker

Copy video files to USB, broadcast in HD, and much more

We’ve covered tens of PlayStation firmware updates in our time, but we’ve never experienced this level of pent up excitement over a system refresh before. Sony announced earlier today that the PlayStation 4’s hotly anticipated v1.70 upgrade will be made available on 30th April, and in order to ramp up the anticipation a little more, it’s released a Japanese trailer showing off all of the software’s new features.

For starters, you’ll now be able to broadcast footage in full high-definition. This functionality will expand to Twitch, and it's been confirmed that you'll be able to archive your shows as well. Moreover, popular Japanese service Nico Nico Douga will be added as a steaming partner in Japan, though don’t expect this functionality to arrive overseas.

SHAREfactory, it seems, will be a downloadable application, so those not interested in editing video clips will be able to ignore the suite. As previously reported, this will allow you to piece together your best gameplay moments, and add commentary, stickers, transitions, and more. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to copy these files to a USB stick if you’d like to upload them to YouTube or other non-supported sites.

This isn’t the only improvement that the DualShock 4’s vaunted social input will be receiving, however, as you’ll now be able to adapt how long the next-gen console spends recording. For example, if you’d only like your device to store the past five minutes of gameplay when you push the button, then you’ll now be able to set that up. We’re assuming that this update will also solve any lingering bugs that the feature currently possesses.

Elsewhere, pre-order functionality will be available from the PlayStation Store, allowing you to download entire games before they release, and stare at a countdown until they’re available to play. This means that you won’t be forced to sit through a 50GB download on launch day. And lastly, over in Japan, PS Vita TV will be getting full Remote Play support, meaning that you’ll be able to stream your games to different televisions.

You can check out all of these features in the video embedded below. One interesting tweak that isn’t divulged in the documentation is the movement of stream comments from beneath the gameplay window to the right side bar, freeing up more screen estate. Which of these enhancements are you most looking forward to trying out? Wait patiently for your platform to update in the comments section below.

[via youtube.com, psnstores.com]

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User Comments (17)

nameuser81

#1

nameuser81 said:

I was also under the impression that you will now be able to use the companion app to change your avatar to a picture from your phone. If you try and change your avatar now it gives you the option but requires ver 1.7 of the app which hasn't been released for Android yet. I'm assuming it will coincide with the firmware release?

irken004

#2

irken004 said:

fantastic updates. I've been wanting to record longer with the share button, and finally archive streams. Sharefactory seems really helpful and moving the chat to the right on streams will look much better. Amazing sony :o

LordBagardo

#4

LordBagardo said:

Thank god for that share to USB integration. Saves me having to upload them all to Facebook and then saving them all from there

lacerz

#8

lacerz said:

Some good things, but I REALLY want to be able to organize my games. Please tell me they're working on that! I have 30 games and the list is a pain to scroll through.

JaxonH

#13

JaxonH said:

I don't care about streaming.

However, does this mean I can now save my videos and pics taken of gameplay onto a USB drive? It'd be nice to be able to record footage or snap a pic and then transfer it to a PC, as opposed to just sitting on the console's hard drive taking up space.

blindndeaf

#15

blindndeaf said:

anybody now how to get the trophy achieved sound back..p,ting I miss that and im told you can still get it ...how?

andyblackman84

#16

andyblackman84 said:

@blindndeaf you have to turn system sounds on in the settings menu. I think its tied into the same sounds that has that annoying music playing on the home screen

blindndeaf

#17

blindndeaf said:

thanks for that,will give it a go then get a trophy somehow,at least some good game are on the way .

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