PS4 can be turned on remotely

Sony says when users buy titles through smartphone app, PlayStation 4 will automatically wake up to initiate downloads.

The PlayStation 4 can be turned on remotely via the Playstation smartphone app to begin content downloads, Sony has confirmed.

Sony's president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida announced the news on Twitter recently.

The PS4 launches November 15 in North America, November 29 in Europe, and in 32 countries in all by the end of the year.

Sony also confirmed this week that the PS4 will support cross-platform party chat between the next-generation console and the PlayStation Vita.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

Doesn't Steam work this way to.

ciphfer
ciphfer

Wait a second...your console needs to be connected all the time. When did they sneak that in?

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

Yes there was a dark day when the ps n network got hacked and in some ways damaged the ps3 brand and reputation but Sony have learned from this, as proven as since then to this day no other problems have arose and yet Microsoft fanboys won't admit when they play online they come across a load of cheating hackers modern warfare 2 anyone. I've read some articles back in day how 360 got hacked and points were stolen and little things like that. Both console has had there fair share of hacking its just Microsoft won't admit it when it happens and fair play to Sony for the welcome back pack they done

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

Wake up? Oh snap. That implies it is on all the time like the much maligned Xbox One. Will this horror never end?

amir_g_m
amir_g_m

We are willing to hear more about the Remote Play function for the Vita


rodd76dog
rodd76dog

I wouldn't trust psn with my information period.... 

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

This to me is worrisome, because once the PS4 is hacked they can access your account info, delete your stuff, or brick your system by sending it bad Firmware updates via smartphone app. I know that Sony intended it for PSN but it could be curcomvented by hackers for other reasons.

vegasdan30
vegasdan30

sweet..I want more info about the Vita remote play functions..

Irvin Salazar
Irvin Salazar

Oh really xbox took the blu ray which sony had and wireless, and the playstation had a controller before the xbox and the xbox copied the same button layout

Zealott69
Zealott69

Sony just keeps giving me more and more reasons to be even more excited as the days go by. Gamescom was about a week ago and im already wanting Nov. 15th to get here already! 

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

cool. except it sounds like you always have to set your ps4 to sleep mode before leaving. and people will probably only be using this feature a couple of times before they realize how much money they're blowing on online stuff.

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

The Xbots are jealous, saying "This was already done by 360" ... Really? Do not mistake the option to add an item to the library and YOU START THE DOWNLOAD of the game and install, with a purchase process, boot the console, download and installation of the item that is done remotely... Please do not do that anymore, it is ridiculous, just accept the facts.

sweeten16
sweeten16

I already knew this. This is not news.

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

I love how people are acting like this is an official news drop.

He simply replied to a fans question, so what if you could 'kind of' do this already on another machine? The PS4 has an ON/OFF switch, are you pissed on that as well because you can already do that on PS3?

people are so ignorant

trugritz
trugritz

And when you buy an xbox  you get to be spied on by the gov. Cops scanning license plates, The Gov getting meta data from emails and phone records, so yes they could and would spy on your entertainment device if you bought a spybox one. Yes, they reversed policies, only because the public refuse to be good little sheep...but it will come. If they had the intention to start with, they will inevitably follow through with it...and that is a good reason to go with the PS4.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I sure as hell wouldn't want my system turning itself on when I'm not there. It's not just the people that would be there, but I have a hard time trusting machines when I'm not around to control them, even if you can turn it back off, or into "sleep mode".  And there's always the possibility that you won't make it back.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Smartphone app? Man, I must've missed some good news articles in my break from here. lol 

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Is there a way to turn this feature off?  Sounds like an exploit opportunity to me.  If someone can dial into your PS4, they might be able to create a backdoor and grab stuff (PlayStations aren't just for games anymore).

bu3ouf91
bu3ouf91

This feature already done with Remote play feature of PS3 integrated with PSP and PS Vita

hadlee73
hadlee73

Poor PS4. No sleep for you. lol

Mathew Witte
Mathew Witte

just getting music, apps, the ability to download stuff on the go, cross chat, coming up with their own ideas cough cough* wii rip off, all stars, trials evo, achievements and now they are even using the xbox controllers thumb sticks and triggers. Sony doesn't do anything orginal. they wait 3 years and then copy there competitors.

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

Lovin all the new stuff on PS4 the we dont have on PS3 today! =)

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

Sweetness!!! to bad it doesnt come out till october, so i can scare the crap outa my mom!!! lmao

Kelwin Lieng
Kelwin Lieng

Wasting electricity... PS4 remotely turning on... Yeah, check the electric bill once it comes in.

Manatassix
Manatassix

@ciphfer

Um... generally if you want to use the internet with a device it has to be connected to it. Funny that.

Its not like they're making you use the feature.

Manatassix
Manatassix

@Flyin3lvl 

To be fair some cheaters on modern warfare and people being dumb with those FIFA card things isn't exactly losing huge amounts of credit card and other personal details :/

But Sony has certainly seemed to learn lessons from that experience and apparently has had a complete personality overhaul for the better. I'm extremely impressed with their approach to the PS4 and the attitude they have been displaying recently. 

Manatassix
Manatassix

@HAMMERCLAW 

Um ok thats just paranoid. The issue over the Xbox One was that it HAD to connect to the internet for you to play games on it. 

Obviously in order to use the internet to connect to the PS4 you are going to have to connect the PS4 to the internet. Thats kinda how it works lol.

If you don't want to leave it connected then disconnect it you can still play offline games. That was the issue.


kill3rdank
kill3rdank

@HAMMERCLAW Wake on Lan has been a feature in PCs since the late 90s. Few electronics are truly off if they're still plugged in.

tgreedy
tgreedy

@Irvin Salazar The xbox originally copied the dreamcast look at its controller and online functions Dreamcast had it first. M$ makes a living from copying stuff. 

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

@blue_shift_91No offense intended but that doesnt make sense, if its on u can download it yourself, if its off aka Sleep/Standy mode it will wake up and download the game itself then go back to sleep! What cash are they Blowing thats the cash they are using to buy the game? im confused bro lol XD  

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

@Armyboy5 Ok well the big picture here is, u can do it through and app on your phone wich a lot more ppl tend to have then Vitas and PSP'si, also pretty cool since this system has much faster download speeds so paranoid ppl dont have to freak out because there system in on when they arent there!!! Opinion still stands SWEETNESS!!! XD lol XD


jecomans
jecomans

@trugritz You know there are a ton of completely legitimate reasons to prefer a PS4, too? 

jecomans
jecomans

@VarietyMage If they've got your account details they could get in anyway, so this wouldn't give any nefarious types any more potential access than they have now. However, yes, you will be able to tell your PS whether or not you'd like this to happen, much as you can control your download schedule now. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@DoUbLeZzMk2 I gotta laugh at that. But what if it doesn't make any loud noises, which I am guessing it doesn't. You gotta set her up. Just make sure it's a good one, because you'll probably only get one shot at it.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@DoUbLeZzMk2 @blue_shift_91 

i meant that to make full use of the feature, you'd likely be leaving your ps4 in sleep mode all the time instead of actually shutting it off. unless they've totally replaced the shutdown with the suspend/resume function. 

trugritz
trugritz

@jecomans @trugritz 

Yes, more powerful hardware, great graphics, great exclusives, a great new controller... I am aware of it. I am choosing the PS4  for these reasons. Microsoft is a corporation who is fueled by greed and wants all the info they can garner in order to improve their bottom line...at the expense of their customers...that is why they want to be an all in one entertainment device so they can gain everyones info...the gamer, the movie watcher, the smartphone user...sorry, but if I am not interested in getting up in front of a camera to act like I am bowling, or batting or dancing....if I wanted to do that, I would do it for real...when I play games I want to sit down and chill.....so PS4 is the way to go for me.


tightwad34
tightwad34

@Armyboy5 Thanks. Better safe than sorry I always say.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

@jecomans @VarietyMage Hopefully Sony won't leave any backdoors, otherwise they'll let everyone else in.  PlayStation OS's are one of the most thoroughly examined pieces of code in existence.

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

@blue_shift_91 @DoUbLeZzMk2 Sleep mode is the same as PS3's off or standby mode. But PS4 has a sub system while everything else in PS4 is shut down, that subsystem stays awake! Suspend/Resume is different front sleep mode but is also run through this system, background downloads and updats also happen through that sub system man. =)

DevilDog982
DevilDog982

@trugritz If you are dumb enough to think that sony isnt just as greedy as Microsoft you are truely in denial. Just saying, I have no love for the connect but you are incredibly paranoid, I highly doubt the government cares about you sitting in a chair half naked eating cheetos playing a video game or watching netflex.