The PlayStation 4 will sport a mandatory day one patch that looks to add quite a few features to the console once it releases November 15th. People seem to make a big deal out of these day one updates, but there’s really no reason. Console manufacturers like Microsoft and Sony have to be ready to ship a product by a particular date and you shouldn’t be surprised that work doesn’t stop just because your console has shipped.
This update numbered 1.50 will be 300 MegaBytes and will add a bunch of new features including:
- Remote Play using the PlayStation Vita
- Second screen gaming using the PS4 Link app for PlayStation Vita and mobile devices
- The ability to record and share screenshots and video
- Use of Ustream and Twitch apps
- The ability to play games as they are downloading
- The ability for four users to log into the PS4 simultaneously
- Party chat
- Facial recognition and voice commands
- A background music player
- Online multiplayer through PlayStation Plus
- Blu-ray disc and DVD player capabilities
What is left out of this is the ability to put the console into “Sleep Mode”. So at launch you won’t be able to put the PlayStation 4 in suspend/resume mode. This is the feature that allows the console to enter a low powered state and jump back into your game without turning the console off. This is similar to what current laptops do.
But for all those smug Xbox One owners, you’re getting a day one patch as well. If you remember back to when Microsoft flip flopped on many of the Xbox One issues that were touted as features; you’ll remember the whole “24 hour check-in”. This day one patch will be fixing this to allow gaming to continue just how it is currently on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A Microsoft spokesperson said “A day one system update for Xbox One has always been planned to accommodate the differences between hardware and software manufacturing schedules. This update is not tied directly to enabling offline functionality of Xbox One, but is required for the system to function both online and offline,”
Marc Whitten, VP of Xbox has spoken about the day one update and says “We are optimizing Xbox One so that the day one update is as fast as possible,” Whitten said. “While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users.”