PlayStation 4 Firmware update 2.50 will be adding more new tricks

DualShock4zoomSony has been selling PlayStation 4’s like there is no tomorrow, with sales hitting 20 million worldwide. The next firmware update for the console is not out yet, but we have some reports from the forum NEOGaf of what will be included. Some screenshots have also shown up online that show the ability to remap the buttons on the DualShock 4. You can do this already in games, but having this ability before starting the game would come in handy.

Share Play is also getting a nice upgrade with a bump in frame rate, doubling up to 60fps. My question with this is how much more bandwidth will you need to run it at the frame rate. The last feature that stood out was the ability to keep games open while you put the system into rest mode. This will allow you to get back to the gameplay without having to restart the game and wait for everything to load! For the list of new features on next firmware update you can look below. The 2.50 update should be out later this month or at the begging of next month. While these features seem nice and I’m sure will please some avid games or people that use Share Play a lot. I’m still waiting to be able to save music to my PS4 or have it see my shared media on the network. Seeing as we should be seeing Spotify at the end of the month, I think we will get both the new firmware update and Spotify access at the same time. Here’s to more awesome tracks as we all game on!

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Main Features for 2.50 firmware update:

  • The system can now enter rest mode without closing any applications. You can adjust this setting in [Power Save Settings] > [Set Functions Available in Rest Mode].
  • [Accessibility] has been added to [Settings]. You can adjust accessibility settings such as zooming and button assignments.

Trophies

  • You can now delete trophies with 0% achievement progress.
  • [Earned Date], [Not Earned], and [Grade] have been added as sorting options for trophies. You can also sort by [Earned Date] and [Not Earned] options when comparing trophies with other players.
  • You can now search the Internet for details about trophies from the options menu in [Trophies].
  • Screenshots of scenes when you earn trophies are now saved automatically. You can view saved screenshots in [Capture Gallery].
  • You can now share trophy details and screenshots. Select the trophy you want to share details about in [Trophy], and then press the Share button.

Share Play

  • You can now test the host’s connection speed when starting Share Play.
  • You can now enjoy Share Play at 60 fps. A host in a party can adjust the setting in [Party Settings] > [Video Quality for Share Play] > [Frame Rate].
  • A user who is running version 2.50 or earlier on their system cannot use Share Play with someone who is running version 2.50 beta on their system. Users who are both running system software version 2.50 beta can enjoy Share Play.

Other

  • Users who are your Facebook friends can now be displayed in [Players You May Know].
  • You can now send real name requests in addition to Friend requests to users who are currently not on your Friends list.
  • You can now apply a shadow style for text in [Themes].
  • You can now enter up to 140 characters for your self-introduction.
  • If you enter 22 characters or more for your self-introduction, only 21 characters will be displayed on a PS4 system running system software version earlier than 2.50.
  • You can now use the touch pad to operate playback of videos on discs.
  • [Discover] has been added to introduce users to PS4 system features. You can view information about features in [Notifications] > [Discover].
  • Remote Play cannot be used with a PS Vita system running version 3.35. A system software update for the PS Vita (to be released later) is required.
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