PS4 Firmware 3.0 Brings YouTube Gaming And More Cloud Storage

Codenamed Kenshin, we’ve seen rumour of what PlayStation 4 firmware 3.0 would bring with it, but Sony have now lifted the lid on an official set of changes and additions. While there’s a lot of frivolous feeling community and friends-focussed features, there’s also a few absolute gems in there.

Most importantly for those who back up their saves to PlayStation Plus is the increase from 1GB to 10GB of storage. Game saves can often balloon past the 100MB or 300MB mark, depending on a number of factors, and these have meant that a lot of people have seen upload errors and issues that stem from reaching that 1GB limit.

The recent launch of YouTube Gaming is to see some swift support on the PS4, with the ability to stream games to the service directly. However, there’s no word on if streaming video will be built into the PS4’s native apps.

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The full list of changes is as follows, with the promise of more features and additions to come:

  • Events: A new hub for events has been added, giving an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, 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.
  • YouTube live: PS4 owners will be able to live stream gameplay to YouTube. Live streams will be viewable across YouTube, including on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.
  • Online storage capacity increase: PlayStation Plus members’ PS4 cloud storage capacity will increase from 1GB to 10GB
  • Favourite Groups: Favourite Groups has been added to the Friends app, letting you add new or existing groups as a Favorite Group and quickly access groups of people you like to play games with frequently. This will make the process of getting a game session up and running even easier.
  • Communities: PS4 users will have the ability to create communities based around shared interests, like games, genres and more. Communities include a message board with general discussion, screenshots shared by players and the ability to join parties or games. If you want to tackle a big multiplayer raid, but don’t have enough friends, this could be a great way to connect with other likeminded players.
  • Sharing video clips to Twitter: Users will have the ability to share video clips directly to Twitter. The maximum video length is 10 seconds, but you’ll have the ability to trim longer clips.
  • Live from PlayStation: We’ve added the ability for users to view popular broadcasts, video clips and screenshots on the Live From PlayStation area
  • Screenshots: We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re happy to confirm that PNG format is now an option for Screenshot saves
  • Now Playing: The Now Playing screen will display more information about what your friends are doing, and you’ll be able to quickly jump into a party, request a screen share, or jump to PlayStation Store to buy a game your friend is playing.
  • Request to watch: Want to view a friend’s gameplay session? Now you can send a ‘Request to Watch’ notification to a player, which will start a live broadcast or Share Play invitation to the person playing.
  • Stickers: Tired of typing out messages? With this update, you’ll be able to send stickers to friends through the messages.

Source: EU PS Blog

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32 Comments

  1. Very welcome (and long overdue) increase of online storage. Other than that the rest of the update is useless to me and I can’t see why this is version-increment.

    That being said, there must be plenty of people that want this stuff or they wouldn’t be filling an update with it, right?

    • Never underestimate the social side of things, fella. I did and had to get used to how well handled it all needs to be. Some of the features (above) will have taken quite a bit of time to code, simply because of all the options it needs to allow for.

  2. Cloud storage increase is wonderful news, good stuff! The amount is good too.

    • Yep, I was pretty close to the limit.

      • Already exceeded mine, had to start using USB!

        May have to somehow transfer those on USB to the cloud, unless it involved re-installing the game!

      • Just copy them back onto your PS4, it should then just re-upload them. It would be very daft to require the game to be installed just to backup files from another folder in the file system…

        Typically this news comes just a couple of weeks after I had a major purge of mine – no point in keeping the saves for games I no longer own.

      • You would think, but when you delete a game, the save is gone with it to I believe. Certainly seemed to be the case for me the other day when I deleted a game – can’t remember which one it was though. However that said, perhaps that’s just part of the game deletion process, and – as you say – you can “put back” the save file via other means (Cloud/USB), for transfer. I hope you’re right!

  3. I hope that increase in the cloud storage comes with an option to upload data from multiple games at once. I’ve got about 4.5GB of data that won’t currently fit, and I don’t want to have to upload each game individually.

    Or maybe it’ll magically upload them all overnight for me?

    • If they’re set to auto-upload, it should do things overnight and/or when you set your PS4 to rest mode.

      • But if it fails (because the storage is full), does it try again? I’m guessing not, as I don’t keep getting errors from anything that tried before and failed.

        It could be that it actually does try again and just silently fails, but I suspect it might fail once, give you an error, and then never try again.

      • Maybe just turn the auto feature off, then back on so it re-tries?

      • You can find out pretty easily. Firstly, if the fans keep spinning after entering rest mode, it’s uploading, you can very easily look and check on two or three specific games that had errors to see if they’ve updated automatically.

      • Try copying them off onto a USB stick, delete the saves that failed on the PS4 (and in the online storage if older copies are there), restart PS4 and then copy them back to the PS4 from the USB. It should then detect them as new files and reattempt an upload.

        I do wonder whether it might be worth doing a “rebuild databases” from the recovery menu when you restart the PS4, just to be sure it forgets about the files that were there completely before you copy them back on.

    • I have mine set to auto upload but turn off stuff that’s too big or not bothered about. Lbp is the wrist offender at about 300mb in size. Driveclub too.

      I like the favourite friends folder, that will come in handy.

      Forgive my ignorance but what’s the difference between jpg and png? I know it’s a different format but is one better than the other?

      • Is one better? Yes, in the same way that cake is better than a teapot.

        In other words, it depends on what you’re doing with them. Cake is shit for making a cup of tea in. It goes all soggy. But you wouldn’t want to eat a teapot.

        JPGs are a lossy format. Not concerned so much with preserving all the detail in an image. So they can be smaller, because you’re chucking away a whole load of data you assume people won’t miss too much.

        PNGs aren’t lossy, so you’ll get a better looking image. But all that extra detail comes at the cost of bigger file sizes.

        In most cases, you probably don’t really want to worry about PNGs. I guess if you wanted to take your images and print them at a silly size, you might appreciate the extra detail then. But who does that with images from a PS4??

  4. The cloud storage increase is welcome and long overdue – been up to the limit for quite some time so I’ve had to backup to USB.

    Other than that, seems like a pretty pointless, uninteresting update… After all, increasing the cloud storage is surely a background process and doesn’t require a firmware update?

    • Not if, as MrYd is discussing above, it tries once and then doesn’t try again if it fails unless there is an update to the save file. Then again, even if this is the case you should be able to go through and manually upload without a firmware update once the quota has been increased.

  5. Great news about the storage. I have far too many failures to upload that are just sitting on my console waiting for it to crash. 10GB should keep me going a while. Would be nice if they tweak the whole storage a bit though, the ability to bulk upload/move/delete would be a welcome edition. When I changed my drive I had to move so many files one by one it was really frustrating.

  6. Ooh it seems I have been chosen for the beta so I can have a play with this soon.

    • Likewise. Looking forward to trying out some of the new stuff!

      • Just remember, you’re not supposed to talk about it with anyone outside of the beta.

        You’re probably not even supposed to mention the NDA either. Possibly. Wouldn’t surprise me.

  7. The bigger cloud-space and png screenshots are big deals for me.

  8. Good news on the cloud storage limit finally, also it will be interesting to see how loss-less the compression is for png screenshots.

  9. 10GB! Wow, I only expected 5 at the most. Great news. Should be a while before I see any ‘failure to upload’ messages then.

  10. Hopefully the Communities feature works well. Much needed for games like Destiny that require parties instead of simple matchmaking.

    Might finally be able to get a raid under the belt.

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