PS4 3.50 update revealed, includes appear offline feature

Sony details next system software update; Including Remote Play expansion to PCs and Macs.

Sony has revealed key details of an upcoming 3.50 firmware update set to deploy soon to PS4.

Among other features, the major patch will introduce the long-requested feature of appearing offline whilst connected to the PlayStation Network.

Also added to the feature list is Remote Play on PC or Macs, which--as previously announced--will allow players to connect their PlayStation 4 with a desktop computer within the same home network; then play PS4 games on another screen or in another room in the house.

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Sony said it will begin rolling out 3.50 update to beta users shortly.

Previously, Remote Play was a feature that only worked on PlayStation Vita, the micro-console PlayStation TV, and an assortment of Sony smartphones.

The beta for the 3.50 update, codenamed Musashi, will roll out soon to select customers, Sony said. An official release date has yet to be announced.

Patch notes for the 3.50 system software, as written by Sony marketing exec John Koller, can be found below.

New Social Features

Friend Online Notification - Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we've added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign on the network.

Appear Offline - Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being bothered by friends. Now it's easier to go incognito as we've added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu.

User Scheduled Event - Time for a play date! We've added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.

Play Together - This features allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend's game, or start a new game together.

Other New System Features

Remote Play (PC/Mac) - We're bringing PS4 Remote Play to Windows PC and Mac. This feature won't be available to test in the beta, but you can look forward to it soon.

Dailymotion - With this update, you'll be able to live stream directly to Dailymotion on PS4. We'll also support archiving live broadcasts, like we do for other streaming services.

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