Sony will release Update 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, for PS4 today, March 26, which will bring highly-anticipated and requested features to the system. Let’s take a quick look at the main features that will be introduced in this new update:
Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow players to quickly jump back into the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the controller. Unfortunately, this feature is not fully supported for some software titles.
PS4 players will now be able able to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.
PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook Friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on PS4. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a “Friends Who Play This” section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What’s New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PSN.
With the Yukimura update, a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by “Earned Date,” “Not Earned,” and “Grade,” as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.
This new update will also introduce new options to customize the user experience with PS4, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for Dualshock 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system’s browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.
The update will also bring the following features and updates:
- 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.
- Users will be able to automatically install future system software updates.
- Users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts will be able to upgrade to a master account directly on PS4, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.
- Verified accounts for game industry professionals, including developers, producers, designers and community managers will appear with a badge.
- Players will have the ability to upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the Share button.
The PSVita and PlayStation App for smartphones/tablets will also receive system software updates along with the PS4’s Yukimura; adding complementary features to those added to PS4 with the update. PS Vita update version 3.50 and PlayStation App update version 2.50 will add new accessibility options, including enlarge text, increase contrast and more. This update also enables PS Vita to support 60fps streaming for Remote Play.