The next PlayStation 4 system software update will expand online storage and add a host of social capabilities to the console.
Update Version 3.00 doesn’t yet have a release date, but when it launches, it will expand online storage for PlayStation Plus members from 1GB to 10GB, and also add a new feature called Communities.
Communities will allow players to create communities based around shared interests like games, genres, and more.
Each community will include a message board with general discussion and screenshots shared by players, and will also server as a hub to find players for parties.
“If you want to tackle a big multiplayer raid, but don’t have enough friends, this could be a great way to connect with other likeminded players,” said Sony.
Some other features included in update 3.00, as per Sony:
◆ Events: A new hub for events has been added, giving an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, you may see an update for a double XP weekend, a special enemy appearing at a scheduled time, or seasonal events like in-game towns being decorated for the winter.
◆ YouTube live: PS4 owners will be able to live stream gameplay to YouTube. Live streams will be viewable across YouTube, including on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.
◆ Favourite Groups: Favourite Groups has been added to the Friends app, letting you add new or existing groups as a Favorite Group and quickly access groups of people you like to play games with frequently. This will make the process of getting a game session up and running even easier.
◆ Sharing video clips to Twitter: Users will have the ability to share video clips directly to Twitter. The maximum video length is 10 seconds, but you’ll have the ability to trim longer clips.
◆ Live from PlayStation: We’ve added the ability for users to view popular broadcasts, video clips and screenshots on the Live From PlayStation area
◆ Screenshots: We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re happy to confirm that PNG format is now an option for Screenshot saves
◆ Now Playing: The Now Playing screen will display more information about what your friends are doing, and you’ll be able to quickly jump into a party, request a screen share, or jump to PlayStation Store to buy a game your friend is playing.
◆ Request to watch: Want to view a friend’s gameplay session? Now you can send a ‘Request to Watch’ notification to a player, which will start a live broadcast or Share Play invitation to the person playing.
◆ Stickers: Tired of typing out messages? With this update, you’ll be able to send stickers to friends through the messages.