First details of the next PlayStation 4 system software update have emerged online, with multiple reports suggesting Sony is preparing to introduce a number of key new features to the console.
Among the list of more than a dozen new additions, the PS4 3.00 update is expected to introduce the option to publish 10-second video clips to Twitter, as well as host live gameplay broadcasts via YouTube.
A new Communities section will also be added, allowing fans with similar tastes to meet and share their passions. Users can also post comments in the What's New community feed, while across the system there will be layout redesigns in key areas such as Live From PlayStation and Messages.
Sony has not officially announced what it will include in the next PS4 system update, nor has it offered a release time. The information on the 3.00 firmware gradually emerged online as some PS4 owners -- most based in Japan -- were invited to beta test the new build. A trickle of information on the new system software began to appear on sites such as Gematsu, Pocket News, and Reddit.
Here's a list of what's new in the PS4 3.00 update and key additions:
- Events has been added to the function items. All events associated with PlayStation are now brought together, enabling you to discover, participate in and watch these events in a centralized area.
- Communities has been added to Friends. Communities is a feature that enables you to find players who have similar tastes and interests. You can join an existing community or create your own community. You can also play games, join parties or talk about shared interests with members in the community.
- You can now go to Now Playing to see which games or parties the members of the community are enjoying right now. You can also easily start a game, join a party or send a request to watch a member's gameplay in Now Playing. You can access Now Playing from What's New, Friends, Communities, the message screen in Messages or Profile.
- The layout of the message screen in Messages has been improved. From the message screen, you can now select Now Playing or easily start a party. You can also add your favorite groups to Favorite Groups in Friends.
- You can now broadcast your gameplay on YouTube™.
- You can now upload video clips to Twitter (10-second limitation).
- The layout of Live from PlayStation has been improved. In addition to broadcasts, you can now view video clips and screenshots.
- You can now change the speed for automatic text scrolling in Settings > Accessibility > Auto-Scroll Speed.
- Community, Requests to Watch Gameplay, Events and Current Song have been added to Settings > Notifications > Display Pop-Up Notifications.
- You can now post your comments for activity feeds in What's New.
- You can now enjoy fun conversations with your Friends using Stickers in Messages.
- PlayStation®Plus has been added to the function items. You can now see all of your PlayStation®Plus benefits, such as free monthly games, exclusive discounts, news and more in one place.
- Accessibility features are now available when playing content from Blu-ray Discs™ or DVDs. Application of these features has also been expanded.
- You can now restrict the use of games while looking at age-level information and rating icons.
- You can now create a sub account for a minor by selecting New User in the screen for selecting a user.
- You can now adjust settings for Web-filtering services from Settings > Parental Controls. You can use the service to block objectionable websites from being displayed in the Internet Browser. (Additional fees may apply for use of the service.)