The folks at Sony are still busy working on the next large PlayStation 4 update. Yesterday, they gave us an update on what to expect when the update finally hits your PS4. Plus, those of you selected for the beta can go ahead and take it for a test drive. (Didn’t sign up for the beta? Head on over to the beta registration page)
Lets take a look at the big features coming to PS4 in Update 3.00.
Streaming is bigger than ever. And it’s getting more competitive with the launch of YouTube Gaming. The livestreaming sector is dominated by Twitch. But, that may begin to change with the release of update 3.00.
YouTube Live allows you to livestream all your gameplay to YouTube. Viewers can watch your greatest achievements or fails on YouTube and on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the two streaming juggernauts face off against one another. I love the fact that YouTube is jumping in. Competition breeds better features. It’s a win-win for us. I want to see YouTube’s Rewind feature make the jump to Twitch. Watching tournaments on YouTube will be better just for that one feature.
As for the number of viewers? YouTube Gaming is still in its infancy. The top channels on Twitch have tens of thousands of viewers right now. The top channels on YouTube Gaming are struggling to break a thousand viewers.
With YouTube streaming coming to PS4 soon, where will you stream?
This is a new hub that shows you what kind of activities are taking place in the games you own. Sony describes how “you may see an update for a Double XP weekend, a special enemy appearing at a scheduled time, or seasonal events like in-game towns being decorated for the winter.”
Events sound great, but it’s up to developers to take advantage of this feature. Maybe it will push developers and publishers to offer more free weekends for DLC or other similar style events. Publishers continue to push many games as a service. Events will help solidify this push. If it gives developers more ideas for us to play games differently, I’m all for it.
Request to watch gameplay
I love this feature on Steam, and I’m glad it’s coming to PS4. You can send a “Request to Watch” notification to a player and start watching their gameplay. It’s a neat way to check out the latest games your friends bought.
More Online Storage
The good ole cloud. Gone are the days of memory sticks and hard drives. These days game saves are stored online. Sony thought 1GB was a bit too low, so they bumped it to 10GB for all PS Plus members. The 3.00 update also includes a usage meter so you can keep an eye on how close you are getting to the 10GB.[divider][/divider]
Those are the four biggest features coming in update 3.00. There’s more including sharing video clips to Twitter and creating communities. Check out the rest over at the PlayStation Blog.