Everything you need to know about tomorrow’s PS4 update 1.7

Tomorrow the long awaited 1.7 firmware update for the PS4 goes out into the wild and the lovely folks over at the PS Blog have detailed all the goodies we have coming down the pipe.

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  • Automatic Pre-download: No more waiting until after a game is released to start downloading select pre-ordered games from PlayStation Store. This new feature allows you to get to your games faster by automatically downloading select pre-ordered games up to several days in advance of the release, so that it’s ready to play as soon as the game is released on launch day. There’s also a countdown timer prior to the release of the game so you’ll know how soon your game will be available for you to start playing.
  • Option to Disable HDCP for Games: This highly requested feature will allow you to have the option to turn off HDCP for games so you can capture longer gameplay sessions directly from your HDMI output and export them elsewhere.
  • USB Export Option for Captured Gameplay: It’s now even easier to show off your heroic gaming moments and the SHAREfactory videos you create with the world using this feature to export your videos and screenshots to a USB drive. Just click on the DUALSHOCK 4 SHARE button, save your gameplay on a USB drive, and then share your proudest achievements on other social networks and other video platforms.
  • Live Broadcasting in HD and Archiving Support: We’ve increased the resolution for live broadcasts so you and your friends can watch games livestreamed in 720p HD. You can also archive your broadcasts on Twitch or Ustream and watch them again later.
  • New SHARE Options: We’ve got a number of new SHARE settings that will give you better control of what you want to share with your friends. Here is what you can look forward to:
    • Change the default gameplay recording time in the SHARE menu under Video Clip Settings.
    • Save only the video clips and screenshots you want by selecting Upload Screenshots or Upload Video Clips for each capture. Also upload video clips and screenshots during your live gameplay broadcasts.
    • Select specific Facebook audiences to share each video or screenshot with.
  • New DUALSHOCK 4 Options: New light bar settings have been added for DUALSHOCK 4, allowing you to change it to Bright, Medium or Dim in the Settings menu. The touchpad has also been updated, allowing you to navigate the on-screen keyboard using the DUALSHOCK 4 touchpad.
  • New Friends Options: It’s now easier to find Friends and send requests with the ability to search Friends-of-Friends, view Mutual Friends on another user’s profile, and accept Friend requests directly from the Friends list.
  • New Trophies Sort Option: You can now sort Trophies by rarity in the Options menu.
  • PlayStation Store Payment Support: Similar to PS3, we’re introducing Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) for PS4 for content purchased on PS Store, starting with PayPal support.
  • More PlayStation Camera Commands: More voice commands are added to PlayStation Camera, allowing you to launch the apps installed on your PS4 with the sound of your voice.
  • New PlayStation Plus Icon: For Plus members, you’ll now have the PS Plus icon appear next to your SEN ID on the login screen, home screen and other areas across the PS4 system’s sleek user interface.
  • Music Unlimited SHARE Options: With a Music Unlimited subscription, you can easily share your favorite songs with your friends by pressing the SHARE button on your DUALSHOCK 4.

Additions like options to change the brightness on the Dualshock 4’s light bar, changes to Facebook sharing and HDCP removal show that Sony’s nimbleness and commitment to listening to the fans while new unknown goodies make the system even more interesting.

Download pre-loading, HD broadcasting with archiving, Being able to the recording time in the SHARE menu and more voice commands for the PS camera make everything seemingly come together.

Lots of cool stuff in 1.7, let us know in the comments how they did after you download it.

Kahlief Adams

Kahlief was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As an avid technophile and lover of all things video games. He set his career path in the direction of a life making games until he found out his arch nemesis, “Math,” had other plans in store. So instead of making the next Tetris he found himself writing and talking about games on his website The Spawn Point Blog and Spawn On Me. Check out what I'm blabbering about over @kahjahkins on Twitter. PSN = KAHJAH1 XBL=KAHJAHKINS

  • Dan The Robot

    While this list is AMAZING, I am still confused on one thing. After all this time, trophies still need to sync every time you go into that screen. Whenever you want to see them it takes extra time. Very strange that they still let that happen.

    Really looking forward to using my Elgato now though!

    April 30, 2014 at 8:50 am
    • thespawnpointblog

      The trophy syncing although better on PS4 is still sloppy. You would think with all the background information that is being moved around they would have come up with a solution for this but nope.

      I have a Avermedia LGP that I have running through a splitter. Let’s see how it goes tonight on that end.

      April 30, 2014 at 9:51 am
  • Younanomous

    Sony has it right with its digital distribution. If Microsoft really wants people to go digital, they need to start letting people pre-load games before launch, it doesn’t even need to be automatic like the PS4. I DO want to go digital, but right now there really isn’t much of an advantage. Good on you Sony, I love that you’re effectively mopping the floor with MS, hopefully they will make my XB1 even better.

    April 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

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