As reported yesterday on the PlayStation Blog, the latest firmware update for the PlayStation 4 goes live today, offering new menu adjustments and, aesthetic tweaks and new support for the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro.
Codenamed Shingen, the update sees numerous additions to the system’s Quick Menu. Now only covering a portion of the screen, players will be able to alternate more fluidly between menu options without having to leave their game. The menu will also receive some now functions, such as an “enhanced music section to allow you to discover, play and control Spotify without needing to open the app.” The new Music Section lets you play, shuffle, skip, pause and save songs, even recommending playlists based on the game you’re playing.
High-def Streaming for the PS4 Pro
The update also looks to carry some new high-def support to accommodate the new PlayStation 4 this November. 1080p streaming for Remote Play on PC, Mac and Xperia devices will be available to owners of the new system, as well as 1080p Share Play and 1080p live broadcasting on YouTube at 30 and 60fps. PS4 Pro owners will also be able to stream on Twitch at 1080p, at 30fps.
New HDR Setting
Accessible across all systems, however, is the new HDR section under the console’s Video Output Settings, which’ll allow players to “enjoy HDR gaming and entertainment content once it’s available on any PS4 system you own.” Provided you’ve got an HDR-capable monitor, of course.
Update to What’s New
The What’s New menu will also see numerous tweaks, now showing more information surrounding the play history of your friends. A fresh Activity Feed will add a like, comment and Twitter-like reshare function, as well as sections for Now Playing, Players You May Know, Who to Follow and what’s Trending.
There’s a new transfer feature too, to make it easier to transport saved data via a wired LAN connection. According to Sony, the new Data Transfer method “should be much faster and easier” than transferring saves via the system’s existing Cloud.
During last week’s PlayStation Meeting, Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 Pro; a more powerful version of the PS4 with the ability to run games,YouTube Videos and optimised Netflix series in 4K resolution, with a smoother framerate. The system will release on November 10, priced at £349. The PS4 Slim, on the other hand, will release this Thursday, September 15, for the price of £224.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]