PS4 Firmware Update 1.7 Scheduled for April 30
Here’s a list of some of the more salient features and changes being added for tomorrow’s PlayStation 4 1.7 update.
Probably one of the most anticipated features is the automatic pre-download of purchased games. If purchased before its official release, a game will immediately begin downloading to the console. It still won’t be playable until the release date, but players can start it up as soon as it becomes available.
The option to disable High-Definition Copy Protection (HDCP) was highly requested from players, mostly because it made it prevented the capture of gameplay via the HDMI cable. Disabling HDCP will enable bypassing the PS4’s built-in streaming functions and allow exporting through HDMI. In the same vein, the option to export gameplay footage to USB drives will also be included.
Resolution for live broadcasting will be increased and support for streaming is also going to be included. Streaming can now be done in 720p with full compatibility for online archive sites like Twitch and Ustream.
While the update still does not allow the light bar on the Dualshock 4 controller to be turned off, it can now be set to bright, medium or dim. As well, the touchpad can now be used to control on-screen keyboards when typing out messages.
Lastly, SHAREfactory, a free app for easily editing and inserting transitions into recorded footage, will also become available after downloading the 1.7 update. The SHARE function will allow players to capture, edit, and select clips or screenshots, then upload them to social media sites, all from the app.
Sony has also been known to include other, hidden feature in the past for gamers to figure out for themselves. Players will find out for sure tomorrow when the update is released.