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PS4 Firmware 1.60 Out Tomorrow, Brings A Couple Of Minor Improvements

Hey! Listen.

I love my PlayStation 4, despite the fact that it’s always trying to get me to broadcast my all-too-frequent vocal outbursts to whoever happens to be beating me at FIFA online. The camera is always listening, you see. Tomorrow, that’s going to change.

In the first significant firmware update since the PlayStation 4’s European launch – to Firmware 1.60, one of the main improvements is set to be the ability to mute the microphones in the camera so that my online opponents will no longer have to hear me telling my dog to stop chasing her toys around the room for a minute, I’m trying to bloody listen to this… We might also hear less crap music, fewer domestic arguments and we might even spend considerably less of our time online listening to someone else’s baby crying.

Sony has also confirmed that new headset that we’ve seen cropping up in a few places recently. Firmware 1.60 will add support for that headset and the existing Sony Pulse and original Wireless Stereo ear-warmers.

The new Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 will be available from February 10th and will set you back a fairly reasonable £79.99. In spite of what that thrilling name suggests, it’s not just a stereo headset, but features virtual 7.1 surround sound and a noise cancelling mic so your voice chat should be nice and clear. It works with PS3, PS4, PC and Mac via a USB dongle and will even work with your Vita (in stereo) using the included 3.5mm mini-jack. They fold up too, so they might fit in your bag when they’re not around your head.

There will be downloadable custom set ups for the headset available via a free app coming to the PlayStation Store and in an update to the existing PS3 Pulse management app. Certain new games will have special set ups available and you’ll be able to configure your cans to make the best of those favoured games.

Firmware 1.60 will also add some additional stability improvements but there’s no word of Bluetooth headset support just yet, unfortunately.

Source: EU PS Blog

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48 Comments
  1. Phizzy
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    The main problem I’ve had is that the share functionality stops working if you hit the PS button and go to the main OS or another app. The recording stops at that point and waits for you to press share, at which point you get 15 minutes of footage up until you switched between apps. Then the recording restarts and you’ll be able to share what you actually want to share.

    I’m constantly switching between the game I’m playing and its trophy list. At the moment this makes the share button unusable for spur of the moment events. I’ve wanted to share funny little glitches and stuff but got useless hours-old footage when I hit the share button.

    Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 16:20.
    • Phizzy
      Member
      Since: Jun 2010

      Looks like 1.60 fixed this issue. Good stuff.

      Comment posted on 04/02/2014 at 14:45.
  2. TheShepanator
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Does the headset support 7.1 surround and the mic if you plug it into the DS4?

    Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 17:25.
  3. DeadlyChipmunk
    Member
    Since: Jun 2011

    Be glad when the official remote from the PS3 works or my Logitech harmony.

    Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 18:42.
  4. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    The mic and headset update will please many but i’ll be more interested in the DLNA update and hopefully some folders for the UI so i can at least keep my plus content seperate from my purchased content.

    Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 19:00.
  5. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Utter turd. So much basic functionality needs patching, but instead they just fix the shit that’ll make them more money. I am close to actually hating the PS4 XMB now. It’s beyond shit.

    Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 19:33.
    • JesseDeya
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      So you would rather they fix the interface, which admittedly could use a raft of features IS actually functional, rather than have them enable compatibility for customers who have already spent good money on existing products such as the pulse headset.

      Selfish much?

      Comment posted on 04/02/2014 at 08:50.
  6. FLUFFYB1TCH
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Am I the only one who used their pulse headset directly plugged into the controller? You can’t use the microphone or the bass but otherwise does the job if you just want the audio

    Comment posted on 03/02/2014 at 22:23.
    • knight_spg
      Member
      Since: May 2013

      The microphone does work when the pulse headset is directly plugged into the DS4

      Comment posted on 04/02/2014 at 09:05.
      • FLUFFYB1TCH
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        Oh, well there you go. Don’t know why everyone isn’t using it then! update is up now anyway, and I didn’t realise how much I missed that bass

        Comment posted on 04/02/2014 at 21:38.
  7. blackredyellow
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    It works! It finally works!

    Pulse headsets are now usable with PS4, about bloody time too.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2014 at 14:55.
  8. DonnaMiles25
    Member
    Since: Feb 2014

    my step-mom recently purchased a stunning blue Buick Regal GS only from working part-time off a home pc. check c­ℒ­o­u­d­4­0­.­c­ℴ­m­

    Comment posted on 05/02/2014 at 00:32.