Promised PS4 Features Like Suspend/Resume Haven't Been Forgotten

Head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida says, "It's not ready yet."

During the PlayStation 4's official announcement event in February of 2013, Sony revealed a suspend/resume mode for the system and functionality that would allow another player to virtually "take over" your game through the Internet. Neither of those features are currently available, but they have not been forgotten or scrapped, head of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida says.

Asked by Kotaku about the feature where a friend could hop into your game to help you out in a jam, Yoshida said, "Our team has been working on it. There are some things that we announced in February of last year that were not planned for the launch timeframe."

Simply put, "It's not ready yet," Yoshida said.

Regarding that feature and the suspend/resume option, Yoshida replied, "I am asking the same question to my tech team every other week. Because every day I get reminded by lots of people: 'Where is this? Where is that?' It's a great reminder for me."

The suspend/resume mode keeps the PS4 in a low-power state, while preserving your game session. As such, all you'll need to do is hit the power button again and you'll be taken back to the exact moment where you left off. The "friend-takes-over-your-game" feature, on the other hand, allows a friend to virtually look over your shoulder, and with permission, "take over" your controller to help you finish a level.

There's no timetable for when these features will be added to the PS4. Notably, Sony never said they would be there for launch.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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megakick
megakick

Didn't follow through on superior 1080p at 60fps so reason to believe them to follow through with anything else. Might save a few $$$ and just buy a Wii U at least is has more 1080p at 60fps games than the XBOX ONE or PS4.

RevLux
RevLux

Hopefully those features get added in by the end of the year. I really enjoy being able to jump right back into my game on my XB1 and can't wait to be able to do the same on my PS4. The ability to take over for someone who may be stuck on a level or boss is a great idea imo. It would be especially helpful for casual gamers who may otherwise give up on a game after being stuck on a hard section. For me at least, both of these features are worth the wait.

don_44
don_44

Pretty sure they werent gonna say all the features ps4 was getting and end up not including them. I just dont see why they didnt have all this ready beforehand. I would have patiently waited longer if it meant I get a full PS4. Wutevs I guess. Im still hoping they eventually include mp3 playback or wutever the term is for playing music while you game without having to freakin pay for it, and also being able to put a wallpaper on my UI. Or at least being able to change the color. OK. How about they include ALL the ps3s awesome features, THEN worry about the other crap

nousername66
nousername66

Any word on 3D support and external storage support?

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

So they had enough foresight to put Gddr5 in Ps4, just not a suspend resume function? But hey, at least you can not suspend your game, in 1080p!

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Greatness truly does await... at least Bloodborne is coming fairly soon.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Figures.  I remember the lofty promises they made with PS3 about supporting duel monitors.  That was thrown out obviously.

varmintx
varmintx

All I want is a customizable XMB.  I really don't think that's asking too much.

jdt532
jdt532

Sony, could you at least put all the features we had on PS3 on the PS4?...

rcebankz
rcebankz

Although small, the only feature I want right now on my PS4 is customizable wallpaper for my home screen

straightcur
straightcur

PS4 "It's not ready yet"


Thanks Yoshida.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

Just give my PS4 the ability to remember more than one WiFi network & I'll be a happy man.

skeet1964
skeet1964

When is the MP3 and MP4 functionality coming?  Still waiting for that long overdue promise.  Seems like a no-brainer to add that functionality back that was in the PS3.  I'm still miffed they didn't have that at launch.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

IMO, I just don't understand why it's so long.  Kids these days can release numerous apps in weeks, but at Sony's headquarters, they cannot even get done a simple computing task like pause/resume or MP3 support in six months.


What's wrong with them?


They have only one employee? 

kothos
kothos

As interesting as those two features sound, I want to know where my ability to play music CDs or MP3s on a flash drive is?

chippiez
chippiez

It's not coming.  PS4 power and storage architecture makes it very unpractical.  With Microsoft, you have that eMMC storage for dumping Save State.  Since Xbox used a modified Hyper-V hypervisor on metal to run the base O/S and Game O/S, it has the same benefit of Hyper-V, being that you can go to a save state and out of one with no fuss.  PS4, being direct to metal only, cannot suspend a game, unless you wanted it to basically do a full dump of GDDR5 to the local hard drive.  You could TECHNICALLY do that, but then you're talking about 30-45 seconds to suspend and the same to resume.

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

"There are some things that we announced in February of last year that were not planned for the launch timeframe"

And NOW you tell me Mr. Yoshida. Any more of those surprises?

meedokicky
meedokicky

It will be bundled with The Last Guardian :P

getyeryayasout
getyeryayasout

I'll be cold in my grave before I let someone help by playing my games for me. Cool feature for anyone interested though.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

These features weren't system sellers for me. But I would still prefer they hold on announcing things that aren't ready.

The takeover feature is really neat but I'd like to hear about it when it's closer to being ready.

everson_rm
everson_rm

Someone playng for me? Really? Helping me in MY game? Man, or i'm getting too old or its a sad time to be a gamer...

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

A wise person once told me, "never get your hopes up".

geojf3
geojf3

Add backward compatibility to the list as well.

naki68er
naki68er

lol yet another feature Sony said they will have and never comes to pass.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Let me guess, they figured out that a two way latency on every button input introduced lag that made games significantly less playable?  Who'd have thought!

phillybro806
phillybro806

Got the suspended/resume feature on Xbox One.

OneStrong2
OneStrong2

@Doolz2024
"Greatness truly does await." -- according to the article, so does the suspend function. 

rarson
rarson

@psx_warrior 

That's because it required two HDMI ports, which was an expensive addition at the time for something most people would never use (who has two TVs next to each other?).

don_44
don_44

@varmintx It must be since they havent done it yet. I seriously couldnt care less for anything else if they include customization. 

don_44
don_44

@jdt532 You know, Im glad I am not the only one who still remebers how much the ps4 is lacking compared to 3.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

@rcebankz  customize the background music as well. horrible default music on there now.

Fugicara
Fugicara

@CrouchingWeasel That was one of the things I wanted from it after playing the PS3 for 5 years.  I hope they realize how annoying this is and fix it.

rednival
rednival

@fredyellowone This is not hard to answer: PlayStation Now.

Sony wants to get that delivered.  It gives the PS4 the ability to play PS3 games and it is also a cash cow.  Everything else is probably on the back burner until PlayStation Now is delivered



chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@kothos Probably in the trash bin right next to the Sony Music Unlimited money vault.

rednival
rednival

@chippiez  Even you admit that the PS4 could suspend and resume in "about 35-40 seconds".  The real issue though is not with suspending. Who cares if it takes it 35-40 seconds to suspend?  The assumption is you will be walking away from your console.  Doesn't matter if it takes 10 seconds or 40 seconds.  I'm not sticking around with a stopwatch to time it.


That leaves resuming.  Reading to memory will always be faster than writing to disk, so there are some tricks Sony could use to make resuming faster or seem faster.  Still, we may never see the resume speeds that match what Xbox One is capable of, but I can live with that.  

The hypervisor is also one reason Xbox One is having such an issue reaching 1080p consistently.  It makes certain things possible but it also comes with a performance penalty.

I bought my PS4 because I didn't think the trade offs were worth it.  The two systems are ridiculously similar on the hardware side.  The firmware is a large part of what sets them apart.  I doubt Sony could have ever programmed something as remarkably efficient and high-tech as the operating system and firmware that is powering the Xbox One.  Lest we forget, Microsoft is a software company.  Microsoft has spent billions on building Hyper-V and they are giving it away, so they are shoving it in everything they can to add value.  The problem is, I buy game systems to play games and Hyper-V provides little to any benefit for gaming.  If anything, it is a burden.

As a software engineer I can appreciate what they created.  As a gamer, I couldn't care less.

blue_haze
blue_haze

@Blade_Runner22 since sony already has that ps4 money due to the hype they will take all the time they need.

don_44
don_44

@getyeryayasout Yea Im not too fond of the way this sounds. I dont need anyone jumping into my games trying to give unwanted help

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Won't happen with Gaikai and PS Now.

mattress805
mattress805

I'd rather have my games in 1080p FullHd

kriket44
kriket44

@skiggy34 @fredyellowone @chippiez The PS4 already allows you to pause the game and pick it up later at the same point without saving.  All you have to do is press the PS button, done.  The only difference here is that the system will consume less power.  Sounds feasible to me.  Did I miss something?