System Update 2.50 Lands On PlayStation 4 Tomorrow

Yukimura is coming.

It’s been leaked no end that PS4 system update 2.50 “Yukimura” was in beta testing over the last few weeks and would bring a number of highly anticipated changes and features, but Sony have now officially announced the update’s features and also that it will be heading to your consoles tomorrow.

The biggest feature is suspend/resume, finally allowing you to return to the exact spot that you left off in a game in a matter of moments, but there’s also improvements to Share Play and Remote Play and tweaks to friend discovery and party set up.

There will also be an accompanying PS Vita and PlayStation App update to compliment and enable some of these things to work.

The full list of features is as follows, courtesy of the EU PS Blog:

  • Suspend/Resume: Supported by nearly all of your PS4 games, you can jump in and out of your games with just the press of the PS button.  Quickly switch from Rest Mode to powered-up so you can pick up where you left off.
  • Back-up and restore HDD to USB: Back-up and restore your hard disc drive data associated with users on your PS4, including settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data, to and from an external USB drive.
  • Find and connect with friends: “Yukimura” adds to an already robust set of social tools, bringing several updates to continue making PS4 the best place to play with your friends, including:
    • Facebook friend finder – Using your linked account, you can expand your network by searching and connecting with your Facebook friends.
    • Improved friend requests – Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on PS4.
    • Streamlined Party process – The process to create a Party has been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required.
    • Find friends who play your games – Easily view what friends are playing on each game detail page with a real-time “Friends Who Play This” section, which also highlights which friends are currently online and playing it, and allows you to jump directly into the game.
    • Join Friends directly from news feed – A new tile will be added on your What’s New feed where you can see what your friends are currently playing, enabling you to join in the game if you own it.
  • Share earned trophies and optimise your trophy list: We know that Trophies are important to many gamers, so we’re bringing more control with how you show them off:
    • Automatic Trophy screenshots – A screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, preserving the moment to share with friends.
    • SHARE Trophies – Players can share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button.
    • Additional Trophy sorting options – Sort your Trophy list by Earned Date, Not Earned and Grade.
    • Delete 0% Trophies – Remove games from your Trophy list that have zero percent completion.
  • Improved and expanded accessibility options: New options added to customise the user experience include:
    • Customised button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4.
    • Zoom for displayed pictures and inverted colors for all system functions, apps and in-game.
    • Text-to-speech for all graphical user interface, including Message and Party.
    • Enlarged text for all graphical user interface, including Message and Party, as well as the system’s browser.
    • Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI for all system applications (but will not apply to games or third-party applications).
  • Remote Play and Share Play: For games that support 60 fps, users will be able to automatically enjoy those games with 60fps for both Remote Play and Share Play* on supported devices.
  • Automatic installation for system software updates: Enable automatic installation for future system software updates.
  • Sub-account upgrade: Enable users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts to upgrade to a master account directly on PS4, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users to add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.
  • Verified Accounts: Select game developers, producers, designers and community managers will be verified with a badge.
  • Dailymotion: Upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the SHARE button.

Source: PlayStation Blog

37 Comments

  1. Who was it on here who said a couple of weeks ago that they couldn’t see external backups happening because piracy? ;)

    Now we just need to see how exactly that feature will work. Still time for Sony to screw it up by making it an all or nothing feature, instead of just backing up and restoring individual games as and when you want them.

    • Me. The wording is little odd, “as well as games”. Surely backing up games would have been the most important thing. I’m wondering if there is an opt out clause or something devs can use. I really cant see them allowing people to back up Killzone in it’s entirety, it’s a pirates dream.

      • Maybe “as well as games” means “obviously games too, so we’ll just list the other bits and point out that you can backup your games as well, just in case it needs mentioning”. I don’t think you can read anything into that either way, really.

        As for the “pirates dream”, you’d still need either the physical disc, or for your account to be authorised to play it. It may make it slightly easier for pirates, but only if either of those other protections is broken in the first place. They’d only be adding an extra, trivial hurdle for pirates while making things worse for honest users. Which is the sort of crap we’ve been putting up with for years.

        I guess we find out tomorrow exactly how it all works though.

      • Maybe SCE are confident enough that files can’t be hacked, or perhaps the backup is a little like Vita where it backs up a sort of flash image including some basic Firmware settings and account data.

        Otherwise it surely is going to be fairly easy for pirates to start messing about. I mean it states that even download data can be backed up. That’s asking for it.

      • Maybe they’ve just realised that if it could be used for piracy, it’s going to require other protections (the PSN authorisation or physical disc) to be circumvented in the first place. At which point it’s pretty much game over anyway. The benefits of keeping honest customers happy might just outweigh the extra benefits it gives pirates.

        We saw all the crap MS were planning when they announced the XBone. That would have had potential benefits in stopping piracy. How well was that received? The vast lead Sony have in PS4 sales is at least partly due to that massive mistake MS made.

      • The backup will be encrypted thus very safe…unless they encryption keys get hacked again which I doubt very much!

      • The data files themselves are pretty useless unless the console itself has been cracked wide open to accept them, in a similar fashion to how the PS3 eventually was, and in that case having a backup facility barely factors into it.

      • This doesn’t really change anything as you could previously take out the internal hdd, connect it to a pc, and look at the game files there.

        Actually installing and running games off of usb is more risky, but MS seem to have found a secure way of doing it on the X1.

  2. A moment of silence for the 0% trophies who about to get deleted

    • I’m looking at you Ashes Cricket 2009. Mwah, mwah, mwah.

  3. No big surprises thanks to the leaks but still some good features and tweaks in there.
    Sort trophies by date earned – finally! I’m not even a trophy hunter but this will make it much easier to see what trophies i’ve earned during a session.
    I would love to think that Backup/Restore to ext hdd applies to individual pieces of content but it’s probably an all-at-once feature.

    • You can use 3rd party websites for most of your trophy hunting needs though. For just checking what trophies I’ve earned, I’d just go to http://psntrophyleaders.com/user/view/MrYd and look there. Assuming the trophies were synced with the PSN, they should show up straight away there. No need to register or do anything else.

      I’m guessing in your case it’s http://psntrophyleaders.com/user/view/Bonyman (Is that you? The picture matches ;)

      As for the backup/restore, the leaked screenshots of it the other week seemed to suggest it works as everyone hopes. Just select a game or games, and archive everything to the external drive (including patches and DLC) and then restore the game when you want to go back to it. But there’s still a chance Sony could mess it up and do something useless with it.

      • I didn’t know about that website, and now i see i have overall 12% progress … erm.. website instantly deleted from memory.. :)

  4. Does the video capture (last 15 mins) only go up to 720p? If so, does anyone know if Sony is planning to crank that up to 1080p or if someone reputable has done a bit of testing/investigation and worked out the hardware can’t capture 1080p on-the-fly?

    • Yeah, it only goes up to 720p and at low bit rates.

      Both PS4 and XBO are using the VCE engine which is built into all recent AMD GPUs and APUs, and though the Jaguar CPU basis suggests it could be the more recent VCE 2.0, it could be VCE 1.0. After that, it depends on whether Sony decided to cut back on the VCE encoder or not, but that they’re able to boost it to 720p60 for streaming indicates that the main limitations are with wanting to keep a lid on using up HDD space.

      Each 15 minute video comes in between 750MB and 1GB, with bitrates between 4 and 5Mbps, which can quickly start to take up huge amounts of HDD space if you press the share button without thinking. Pushing recordings up to 60fps will require a higher bandwidth to a certain degree, in order to maintain quality, while for 1080p to look good with on the fly encoding, it’s a pretty big jump up again.

      So, technically, it’s probably possible, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  5. Yay finally we get suspend/resume. I’ve got a feeling my Ps4 might start getting some more use.

  6. Ok…Music Unlimited is turned off this week. Surely Sony can’t have organised themselves enough to offer the Playstation Music Spotify app with this update? I’m expecting not as there’s nothing mentioned here.

  7. Some stuff I actually want! HDD back up and trophy sorting. Still no folders though?

  8. Mostly looking forward to ‘suspend resume’, but the ‘backup to HDD’ and ‘Automatic installation for system software updates’ are welcome too.

  9. Automatic installation for system software updates – WOAH! Turn that option off immediately. I like to check on whether a whole raft of people are reporting bricked PS4s before I venture towards new firmware.

  10. And it’s just been confirmed that the backup feature is totally useless. It’s a backup everything situation, not selectively backup and restore individual games. Which is a bit shit, really.

    • That’s what I want rather than a piecemeal backup with arbitrary restrictions (which is inevitable with Sony) because I need to upgrade my HDD and don’t have the net connection to download all the updates and DLC again so being able to backup and restore everything in one go is ideal. Appreciate tho’ that others might not find the functionality as implemented that much use.

      • Any option to backup and restore single games would (unless Sony were being stupid) have a handy “select all” option. Which would cover the situation where you want to back everything up and then restore it to a new, upgraded HDD.

        Not letting you backup individual games seems completely stupid. There’s no reason to not allow it. Any piracy arguments are going to apply if you do a single game or the whole system. It just seems a silly omission.

      • Haha, Sony can and have sometimes displayed the most amazing stupidity! I wouldn’t put it past them to allow you to backup some things but not others without rhyme or reason.

        Agree tho’ that it would be quite handy to backup and restore individual games as a complete encrypted package, maybe the fact you can’t is an OS or filesystem limitation, hence all or nothing.

    • Disappointing there isn’t an individual option, hopefully it won’t take as long to do a full backup and restore as the PS3 took.

      • At least the PS4 has the advantage of USB 3.0, which gives you a serious speed advantage over the PS3. To the point where it shouldn’t be a problem to install games to external drives and run them from there, if they allowed such a sensible option.

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