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Drunken Savior
04-05-2016, 09:25 PM
PlayStation 3.50 System Software Update Out Tomorrow
Posted by John Koller on Apr 05, 2016 // Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, SCEA

Our next major system software update for PS4, version 3.50 (codenamed MUSASHI), is out tomorrow!

While we outlined some of the features last month before our beta program started, we wanted to give a more detailed look at the update and share some new info. We’re making it easier to play together with friends, adding the ability to appear offline, and more.

New Social Features
Appear Offline
On your Profile tab, we’ve added a new option called ‘Online Status.’ From here, you can choose to ‘Appear Offline.’ This could be useful if you want to play games or watch movies without your friends knowing you’re online. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile, or by holding down the PS Button on DualShock 4 to bring up the Quick Menu.

Friend Online Notification
Now you can choose to get notified when your friends come online. To receive notifications, select a player on your friends list, press Options, and select ‘Notify When Online.’

User Scheduled Event
On the Events tab, we’re adding the ability to schedule gameplay sessions with your friends. Just select ‘Create Event,’ and you’ll be able to make an invitation for an upcoming gameplay session. Choose the day, time, game, and send it off to your friends. When your event starts, users who registered will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
You can also share an event to a group, or a community that you’re a member of. Once shared, the event will be sent as a message, or posted to a community wall, and members can register from there

Play Together
This feature allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.


Other New System Features
Remote Play (PC/Mac)
With this update, we’re expanding PS4’s Remote Play capabilities to work with Windows PC and Mac.

Remote Play on PC / Mac is compatible with the following system software:
Windows 8.1
Windows 10 or later
OS X 10.10
OS X 10.11

You’ll be able to select from the following resolution and frame rate options, depending on your Internet bandwidth.
Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p (Default: 540p)
Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps) (Default: Standard)

You can use one DualShock 4 as the controller for Remote Play, which needs to be connected to your PC / Mac via a USB cable.

After the system software update launches, you’ll be able to download the Remote Play Installer here (https://remoteplay.dl.playstation.net/remoteplay/index.html).

Along with PS4’s 3.50 system software update, PlayStation App version 3.50 is out tomorrow as well. The main new features of this update are as follows:
User Scheduled Event
Users can schedule gameplay sessions with friends
Dailymotion has been added to Live from PlayStation
Other players’ shared activities appear in your activities
That’s a look at some of the big additions in this update. Of course, there are lots of other refinements and improvements to the system software overall.
Let us know what you think in the comments. As always, we’re listening and appreciate the feedback!

Been hyped about playing the PS4 on my PC. It'll come in handy from time to time. 720p sucks though. Guess the PS4 is too weak to stream 1080p over LAN. :P

Also, so many of my W7 friends are PISSED about this, lulz.

Joe Redifer
04-06-2016, 05:03 AM
That's pretty cool, but yeah I doubt the PS4 is powerful enough to encode a 1080p stream in real time. Probably not too many computers can without significant lag. Even with stuff like PS3 Media Server where your computer encodes the stream the PS3 sees, it has a buffer and isn't fast enough for gameplay. Even on a computer with cores and gigahertzes.

Drunken Savior
04-06-2016, 07:06 AM
It's probably just limited by the h264 encoder in the PS4, which I guess is capped at 720p (judging by the fact that everyone records/streams at 720p). That might be something that the PS4.5 could update.

I just tried out streaming a MLB:The Show 2016 and I had some weird connection problems with the DS4 at first. It wouldn't really keep it's connection to my PC until I put it into my USB3 ports. Don't know if that had anything to do with it, though.

But once I was in, I was watching how much bandwidth it needed at it's max settings (720p/60fps) and it was using just under 10Mbps, which is really nothing. Played well enough that I didn't fumble all over the place and was able to spot my pitches and play defense just as well as on the couch.

Pretty cool, I was wondering if I should buy some kind of PCI-E card to capture consoles when I stream and this might be the best solution for PC without spending a dime.