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PlayStation 4 Update Brings USB Music Player, Home Screen Customization

by Eric Frederiksen | October 17, 2014October 17, 2014 1:30 pm PDT

While Microsoft refers to its updates by month, Sony’s still using the standard version numbers. As a result, the upcoming 2.00 software update for the PlayStation 4 sounds somehow more definitive. And Sony’s making sure we’re not misled by that number by including some pretty big stuff in the update.

We already knew about SharePlay and themes (seen above), but Sony announced today that there’s even more coming along with the update:

  • USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP.
  • Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray.
  • Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know as potential friends in the ‘What’s New’ section.
  • Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcast.
  • Content Area and Library: PS4’s Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player’s most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player’s Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date.
  •  Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and ‘All Commands,’ to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including “Start broadcast,” “End broadcast,” and “Find face.”
  • Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an ‘Add to Library’ button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner’s library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive.

A previous version of the original post on the PlayStation official blog had included Back Up Data as a feature, but the post has since been updated to remove that feature.

The update doesn’t yet have a release date, but if it’s getting official hype, it’s likely not too far off.

Responding to commenters in the thread below the post, PlayStation’s Scott McCarthy, Director of Product Planning & Software Innovation, adds that this is not the complete list of features. He also says that DLNA compatibility – something Microsoft is adding to the Xbox One as well – “will be great when it arrives” and that he has a “Themes surprise” set for the update’s launch day.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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