On April 6th, PlayStation 4 owners will have a new firmware update available to install on their consoles. The update has been in beta for a select few, and now it’s ready to roll out to everyone, bringing new features and requested additions.
A video below details what fans can expect, along with a bullet point listing of the features below. What you can get excited about is friend notifications, remote play for PC and Mac, and a few other nice bits.
On your Profile tab, we’ve added a new option called ‘Online Status.’ From here, you can choose to ‘Appear Offline.’ This could be useful if you want to play games or watch movies without your friends knowing you’re online. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile, or by holding down the PS Button on DualShock 4 to bring up the Quick Menu.
Friend Online Notification
Now you can choose to get notified when your friends come online. To receive notifications, select a player on your friends list, press Options, and select ‘Notify When Online.’
User Scheduled Event
On the Events tab, we’re adding the ability to schedule gameplay sessions with your friends. Just select ‘Create Event,’ and you’ll be able to make an invitation for an upcoming gameplay session. Choose the day, time, game, and send it off to your friends. When your event starts, users who registered will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
You can also share an event to a group, or a community that you’re a member of. Once shared, the event will be sent as a message, or posted to a community wall, and members can register from there.
This feature allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.
PC and Mac Remote Play
Remote Play for PC and Mac devices is compatible with Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later, OS X 10.10, and OS X 10.11. Depending on the speed of your internet, these are the resolution and frame-rate options to choose from:
- Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p (Default: 540p)
- Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps) (Default: Standard)
PlayStation Lifestyle notes that firmware update “3.50 includes the option to broadcast to Dailymotion, social improvements where you can tag players when you Share videos and screenshots to Facebook and Twitter, the ability to check the PlayStation Network’s status, Teen account creation, and a PlayStation Plus Hub.”