PlayStation 4 1.70 update out now, full feature list revealed

Download the new PS4 update and you can dim your light bar!

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Update: Sony has contacted GameSpot to say that it has made no announcements about titles supporting the PS4's new preload function, and therefore will not officially confirm whether Watch Dogs--which can currently be preordered for PS4 on the US PlayStation Store--will be one of the first games to make use of the feature. A source has indicated to GameSpot that this will be the case, however.

Original story: The PS4 1.70 update--Sony's biggest firmware release since the console's launch last November--is now available to download.

Alongside the previously detailed features, Sony has also snuck in the ability to change the brightness of the DualShock 4 light bar: you can now set it to bright, medium, or dim from the settings menu. The touchpad, too, can now be used to zip around the on-screen keyboard.

This arrives alongside video editing doodad SHAREfactory, the option to disable HDCP for games, new PlayStation Camera commands, increased broadcasting resolution and archiving support, and the ability to preload games purchased digitally. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs is said to be one of the first games to support preloading, though Sony has not officially announced any titles that will support the new feature.

Elsewhere, Sony has also released the Vita 3.15 update, which makes it easier to connect to a PS4 for Remote Play antics, and updated the mobile PlayStation app.

Sony announced earlier this month that global PlayStation 4 sales are now over seven million, so if everyone decides to update their PS4 today that's probably… a few million gigabytes of bandwidth, I'd imagine.

Martin Gaston is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @squidmania
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Discussion

342 comments
Julio_Brutal
Julio_Brutal

Just when this comes out (finally with some new games that i've been waiting), my ps4's hdmi suddenly stops working.

ziiki
ziiki

Will dimming  the light on the Duel Shock increase its battery life? Because the battery life on the DS4 is a joke. 

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

Oh the first world problems on this thread... I have yet to update, but I don't expect much. I got a PS4 to play games, I don't mind the light bar.

danyboy278
danyboy278

NEED VIDEO

NEED MP3 

NEED NOW!!!!!

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

i honestly dont know why lots are asking for mp3 ?? cant every other device play mp3, do you really want it that bad for ps4? that you wont buy the console because of it

virtualskill
virtualskill

Dim the light?!?! NEVER!!! I love feeling like I'm at a rave with my lil' glowstick every time I game.

kingtrax
kingtrax

God no!  How will I see my legs now without that bright light bar?

divinejester
divinejester

No background customization. Until I get this and mp3 back, I could careless about the updates. Then again I only really care about Destiny, Evil Within, and Diablo 3 getting released so any update is moot anyway.

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

--thank god

--I can turn the flash light down!

--but

--its not enough

--PLEASE I want to TURN IT OFF!?!?!

GregoryBastards
GregoryBastards

Does ps4 play videos??....

i heard it doesn't play mp3....This might seem moronic and cheap but i played all my anime and movies on the ps3 only....so this is a big factor for me.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

I really love that Sony adds features to the Home Entertainment side of things (Forcing 5.1 / Noise Reduction / HDCP Off) and has a multitude of settings in general to get things just right for everyone be it a portable TV in a caravan or a private home cinema - unlike Microsoft, where they're advertising to the enthusiasts with HDMI-In / Voice Recognition / Gestures + Connected & Aiming to be the centre of the home entertainment world - but seem to be catering to the majority of people who can only understand duplo-style options and not paying any attention to the enthusiasts who enjoy some lego-technic.



Give it a couple more updates & I can see myself buying a PS4 just for a break from the XO-Isolation camp.

stuff238
stuff238

Great update. Thanks Sony!

Mondrath
Mondrath

Are they ever going to add the option to pause downloads on PS4? It seems like it should have been standard from launch

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Preloading is a big plus! It's about time that feature was implemented. Except for the odd Collector's Edition that come with statues and the like, I'll be doing most of my shopping on the PS Store. 


Tauu
Tauu

Back in my day consoles didn't need patches. They just worked. Good times...

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Quit bitching about mp3 support people...

None of you guys have fking phones??? Tablets???computers???

It's not an iPod ... It's a gaming console... still have your PS3? Use it. Lol people saying "fuck this console I want mp3" go buy a damn ipod then.

Besides CD quality is much better than mp3...

voreo
voreo

GENTLEMEN. BEHOLD.

DIMMING.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

still no worthwhile games to justify to purchese the new console 

2015 awaits...

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

It's an ok update but not what I was expecting. I'm looking forward to mp3 support, a YouTube app, themes and hopefully if ever.. flash support or some kind of player for the web browser. If all this is implemented. I'll be satisfied.

bored_gamer
bored_gamer

at times like this, I wish I had a PSVita 

WhiteTulip1
WhiteTulip1

i like the touchpad cursor for the keyboard - works well 

Heirren
Heirren

This update froze up the ps4 i've got.

tomservo51
tomservo51

I installed and now my controller is dimmer. Greatness is here!!

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I knew a lot of people would be disappointed. I mean they should have added ALOT of simple gamer related content instead it turns out it's really just a bug fix since Share Factory was a separate program anyways. This is a patch we need but the hype company and fans alike tried to turn this into fell on it's face hard.


PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Dissapointed with light bar dimming.  Set it to the lowest setting and it still looks bright as hell.  Hopefully it will increase the battery life, but Sony should've went all out and included an "off" option

freeformrulz
freeformrulz

da fk i care about share factory. I want to my themes, mp3 support, youtube and the necessary stuff than twitch getting a 720 p update

gammagreen
gammagreen

@Julio_Brutal  woah trippy the same thing happened to me last Tuesday...called it in that day and its already fixed and on its way back..just checked the tracking and it will be here Monday...gotta love sony for that fast fix lol

MrBunson
MrBunson

@westsiderz28 So we can add music to games like MLB The Show. Walkup music, stadium music, etc.

ahpuck
ahpuck

@westsiderz28 No kidding. Hard drive space is at a premium to begin with, why waste it on mp3? I can use my computer, phone or ipod for that!

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

@divinejester  All those games are either coming to or already on PC...

ahpuck
ahpuck

@Tauu Back in the day consoles only did one thing, they didn't need patches. Doh!

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@Tauu The PS4 did work before this patch T_T I love how people will find a way to make everything a negative. "Oh man, I really hate consoles nowadays that patch in new features for free"

RO-nIn187
RO-nIn187

@TheExxorcist  i guess everybody knows that they can play mp3s and movies elsewhere and i dont much care for mp3 on my ps4 anyway but movies are a big thing for me on my ps3... i watched a lot over the ps3 or streamed it on ps3 media server...plus the 3d blu ray support is still missing... and external hd support... its a gaming system, i know, but these are features that many have used before and are not that hard to include... its not like we ask them to let us install linux again ;)

POMEGRENADE451
POMEGRENADE451

@SiLenTWarrior29  If you want to watch YouTube on your PS4, you can go to your PS4's browser, go to www.youtube.com/tv, and then (on your PC) go to www.youtube.com/pair. You enter the code from your PC on your PS4, and now you can watch YouTube on your PS4. 


It's not much, but it's close enough for government work.

007nikster5
007nikster5

@torrne667 Really? You have a 400 dollar gaming console and your are complaining about it not having mp3 support? You have a computer, phone, ipod, ipad and or a laptop right?

omgmike23
omgmike23

I disagree. I would bet it has a huge effect on battery life. My ps3 controllers didn't die even close to as fast. And with the messages that come up on the screen telling you if it's on or not it wouldn't be hard to know.

kingtrax
kingtrax

@Tangsta03 @Kinguard73  Guesses are worth half as much as dreams and not nearly as reliable.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

@Kinguard73 @Tangsta03  Destiny's lead designer has already said the PC version is a high possibility, just not right now. My guess is a 6 month delay (after the console version release) for the PC version.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@PosiTVEMinD355 @007nikster5@torrne667I'll grant you the PS3 is better as a media machine. But the PS4 is hardly a featureless lump of crap - if it is nothing but that to you, maybe you should have done your research before buying: put your money NOT in their pocket if you want to tell Sony their product sucks.


The rumors strongly suggest MP3 playback is coming at some point. Backwards compatibility has real technical hurdles - they could easily do PS2+PS1, but it isn't powerful enough to brute force software emulate PS3.