PS4 to Require Day One Patch To Activate Major Features

Microsoft's Xbox One won't be the only next-generations system that will need to apply a launch-day patch before it can be used. Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will need to have a firmware update applied before consumers can have access to some features.

The update 1.50 will be approximately 300 MB and will activate such features as Remote Play using the PlayStation Vita; second screen gaming using the PS4 Link app for PlayStation Vita and mobile devices; the ability to record and share screenshots and video; use of the Ustream and Twitch apps; the ability to play games as they are downloading; the ability for four users to log into the PS4 simultaneously; party chat; facial recognition and voice commands; the background music player; online multiplayer through PlayStation Plus; and Blu-ray disc and DVD player capabilities

Judging by the aforementioned list of features, it's safe to consider this a "mandatory update."

The PlayStation 4 will launch on Nov. 15 in North America and on Nov. 29 in Europe.

Source: Polygon


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    kurifu says:

    The good news is that Sony IS going to do that! You can actually choose to purchase one of the day one models and download to activate the extra features, or you can wait for them to ship a model with all these features already on board.

    Since I could care less about downloading to activate features (and I suspect most of the world follows this line of though), even if it took a week to download (lets pretend I'm on dialup) it would still be faster than waiting, so I'll get one of the "incomplete" models.

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    Craig R. says:

    Or they could have finished the firmware before setting a date for release.

    Instead, it was more important that they get an incomplete product out the door for the holidays.

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    SeanB says:

    Which means these are features they are still working on. They need to start manufacturing and boxing the systems, but havn't finished working on the firmware.

    A day 1 patch means more features which wouldn't have been available if they were required to stop working when they started physical production, which takes a LOT longer than most poeple want to realize.

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    Longjocks says:

    I made the firm decision not to have kids a long time ago. But it's times like these I wish I did so I could tell my grandchildren that I lived in a time where things worked out of the box. They won't believe me and think I'm just a crazy old man that spoils them for birthdays and Christmas. Those damn young whipper-snappers.

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