Today, the PlayStation 4’s 4.00 update rolls out, code-named Shingen. Sounds like a fighting robot or something, which isn’t bad! Check out the full list of features below, as well as a helpful video.
The first thing you will notice is certainly the overall look and feel of PlayStation 4’s main user interface. Expect new system backgrounds, updated system icons and revised pop up notifications and drop down menus to make these clearer.
The Quick Menu is also getting a make over, adding new shortcuts and the most commonly used functions to make accessibility easier. You will quickly be able to invite friends to a party, check out which of your friends are currently online, and see what games they’re playing – all without leaving your current play session.
One new addition to the Quick Menu that wasn’t featured in the beta program is an enhanced Music section to allow you to discover, play, and control Spotify or the USB Music Player without needing to open the Spotify app so you’ll now be able to play, pause, skip, shuffle, repeat and save songs whilst still in the game.
Keep tabs on your growing list of games and apps with custom folders. These can be added to both the main home-screen and your library and will store as many games and apps as you wish. You’re free to edit, sort or remove them at any time.
A new text-based Search function will also be added with the update. You can also sort content by purchase date or install status, while the ‘All’ tab will show you the content you have currently installed. A great way to find and delete old betas and demos if you want to clear out some space!
What’s New has been redesigned too, making everything easier again. The left column includes the new Activity Feed, which has larger images and easily accessible options to like, comment or reshare. The right column includes sections for Now Playing, Trending, Players You May Know and Who to Follow.
Content Info sounds like something similar in the Xbox One dash with their ‘Game Hubs’, which will let you select from a variety of options to view a game’s Overview, Trending media, Friends and Communities, Activities and related PlayStation Store content.
Personal profiles have been revised and updated to provide more relevant information and comparisons about the games you’ve been playing, the trophies you’ve earned and the communities you’re active in. You can also personalize your profile with a cover image.
In order to make it easier to get all of your data from one PS4 to another, especially useful if you’ve upgraded your system to PS4 Pro, a new feature has been added that helps you to transfer data over a wired LAN connection. You can transfer games, user info, and saved data. Of course, you can re-download content and transfer saves through the cloud, but the LAN transfer should be much faster and easier.
PlayStation 4 update 4.00 will allow all PS4 consoles, including the new slimmer PS4 and PlayStation 4 Pro to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging technology. HDR enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing a much wider range of colours. Users who own an HDR-compatible TV will be able to enjoy supported games and other entertainment content with visuals that are more realistic, strikingly vivid and truer to the way the human eye sees the real world.
But that’s not all. Here are a few other tweaks coming in today’s update:
- Sharing videos to Twitter gives you up to 140 seconds of playback time.
- In the PlayStation Plus hub, there’s now a percentage meter to show how much online storage you’ve used.
- Enhanced messaging app so you can communicate with PSN friends in new ways, and you can now check your trophies and compare your collection whilst offline.
- Updated the Rare trophy icon so you can show off your achievements more clearly.