The upcoming firmware update for the PlayStation 4 will add some new features for player interaction online, as well as one of the best features to date: RemotePlay on your computer or laptop. GamesRadar details some of the findings that are included in the new firmware which can also be found on the PlayStation blog.
Some of the new features found include the ability to appear offline or invisible when you log in to the PlayStation Network. This is useful when you want to focus more on playing solo online so some of your friends will not bug you in joining their online session. Another feature is enabling friend notification. That way you can know what games your friends are currently playing and use this with the new Party feature where you can hop into someone’s game or invite someone to join the session.
Another feature is the ability to set scheduled events, whether it’s a gaming session or other events that can be utilized by the PlayStation 4. You can even invite friends on the scheduled event for any weekly raids online.
Finally, the most important feature that everyone is looking forward to is the Remote Play feature on PC or Mac. This extends the Remote Play capability that was previously locked just for the PS Vita and smartphones. Now, players can enjoy streaming their games on their laptops or PC when their consoles are unreachable.
In order to use the Remote Play feature, users must have the following:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10 or later
- OS X 10.10
- OS X 10.11
You can now also change the framerate and resolution of the feed:
- Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p
- Default resolution – 540p
- Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps)
- Default frame rate – Standard (30fps)
Also, you can use your DualShock 4 controller to play games on the PC by connecting it to a USB cable.
The 3.50 firmware update is expected to roll out anytime today for the PlayStation 4.