Okay, so let's talk about the PS4 OS. I'm not even going to talk about things like Themes or custom wallpapers. Those are nice to have, but ultimately superfluous. I won't talk about folders or better methods to organize your library and apps- those are necessary, but as it stands now, the PS4 doesn't have enough content to make them necessary. I won't even talk about non gaming related features like Blu Ray 3D playback or DLNA and MP3 support.
No, instead, I will talk about two very important games related features. Two features that were heavily hyped up and promised ahead of launch. One of these was one of the primary billings Sony was making for the PS4. That feature is flat out broken, and simply does not work.
The other feature isn't even in the OS yet.
Let's tackle them one by one:
Sony. Fix. The damn. Share function. Already.
Share does not work. It does not work as advertised. Sony's promise for Share was simple- It's always recording videos in the background. Constantly. The last 15 minutes of your gameplay are always there, so if something super cool happens during your game that you want to share with everyone, just pull up the Share menu, save, and then share. Pretty awesome, right?
Or it would be if it actually worked. It doesn't. Automatic recording is absolutely broken. Pull up Share after 15 minutes, and your most recent gameplay simply won't be there. The function is broken. Either it will give you some gameplay it recorded months ago, or it will give you the first fifteen minutes of your current gameplay session, at which point it stopped recording, or it will have the last fifteen minutes, but no option to Save/Share, which prompts you to exit the menu and re-enter it, at which point... that gameplay is gone, replaced by whatever minuscule amount of gameplay you had between the two instances of pulling up the menu.
This was supposed to be a big deal. They announced it as a major feature at the PlayStation Meeting, where the PS4 first debuted. Their official website lists this as a feature for the console, describing how it is supposed to work. One of their major pitches for the PS4 pre-launch was the always sharing function. But it doesn't work. It's broken. And Sony hasn't even acknowledged the problem yet.
Suspend/Resume was another feature announced right at the PlayStation Meeting. Then, right before the console's launch, it was announced that it wasn't going to be made available at launch, and would be available at a later date. Since the PS4's launch eight months ago, Sony has not added this feature in. Yoshida took to actually apologizing for the feature's continued absence. That was more than a month ago. Since then, Sony has announced another major firmware update, that... still doesn't have Suspend/Resume as a feature.
What makes this frustrating isn't just the fact that this is yet another unfulfilled promise by Sony, but that this shouldn't be a difficult feature to implement. Microsoft does it with the Xbox One. Nintendo manages it on the puny Nintendo 3DS. Hell, Sony itself has it working better than I have seen it working on any other machine on the PS Vita. So why is this still missing on the PS4?
Since launch, Sony has released ten firmware updates. None of them have added a single major feature, except one- they have all been 'stability' updates. And that one major update? It added Share Factory, which is almost a taunting insult to the injury, because Share itself still hasn't been fixed.
In this same period, Microsoft has released four major firmware updates for the Xbox One (off the top of my head), and Nintendo two- and all of these updates added major functions both manufacturers promised would come. They did come. No such luck with the PS4.
The worst part is Sony's callous attitude in dealing with the problem- they don't acknowledge the features are missing. They refuse to release feature rich firmware updates. They refuse to keep users updated. There is no transparency.
They need to get off their ass and add in all the missing features that they promised, and they need to do it soon. But maybe they should start with these two first. Because these were major billing points for the PS4. Sony advertised the console with these two points as major system features. And they either aren't there, or don't work as advertised.
What exactly is the PS4 OS team doing anyway?