Sony’s latest software update for the PlayStation 4 packs quite a few nifty features. Below is a brief summary of what you can expect the next time you boot up your PS4.
Appear Offline – If you’re in the middle of a movie, or simply wish to be left alone to focus on some solo gaming, you can now opt to appear offline. Goodbye world.
Friend Online Notification – Now you have the ability to get notified when certain people arrive online, simply by making a pre-selection of the friends you play with the most. As soon as they log in, you’ll receive a notification straight away. Helpful if you want to boot up your daily session of COD as quickly as possible.
User Scheduled Events – Playing with friends is common place for most people, but getting everyone to play at the same time can sometimes be a chore. Now you can schedule user events to set up the time, game, and group of people you want to play with. Itching for that weekly game of BLOPS 3 and wish to get all your friends on the same page? This feature is right up your alley.
Play Together Easier – Whichever game you or your friends might be playing, if you’re in a party, you now have the option to join their game instantly. One click of a button and you’ll be transported into their session. Simples.
Remote Play On Mac/PC – Quite possibly the biggest feature of update 3.50 is the ability to now play your PlayStation 4 remotely through your Apple Mac or Windows PC. Simply download the software here, plug in a DualShock 4 through USB, and prepare to game from the comfort of your work, bath tub, or anywhere else with a good wifi signal.
*Remote play is only supported on Mac software OS X 10.10 & 10.1 and on PC you’ll need Window 8.1 or 10. Sadly Windows 7 is unsupported.
Music Streaming Through USB – This feature was removed a while back, but has returned without being mentioned by Sony. Pop music onto a USB stick and feel free to stream music in-game without singing up to Spotify. Hoorah!
Disable Screenshot Notification – It’s silly to think that people needed more than an audio cue when taking a screenshot, but the addition of a small notification popping up after each capture was annoying. Now you can disable the pesky image, leaving you unrestricted to take multiple screenshots in a row, without the shot being ruined by a visual notification.
These are the biggest features introduced with 3.50, but the ability to change the name of your PSN ID still remains elusive. It’s a good start, but hopefully Sony will start ramping up their feature set furthermore later this year.