PS4 Update: Enhanced Video Editing, Advance Downloads of Games, More

Sony's PlayStation 4 console gets its first major update since its November launch today, with the release of the 1.70 system software. For those that love compiling brag clips, this one will be just what you've been waiting for, as it brings the comprehensive SHAREfactory video editing and sharing suite to Sony's new console.

SHAREfactory lets PS4 gamers customise saved gameplay clips with video commentaries, special effects and picture-in-picture options using the PlayStation Camera add-on, as well as other editing features. Many of the app's neatest tricks rely on the Camera add-on however, which is still suffering from supply issues, which will rankle console owners as-yet unable to get their hands on the kit.

A range of other features across the console are also being introduced. Pre-ordered digital games will be able to be downloaded in advance of their release dates, making sure they're ready to play the very instant games become available. HDCP protection can also be switched off now for those that would rather record gameplay footage to a USB stick to edit elsewhere. Live gameplay broadcasts are now delivered in 720p resolution, and can be shared with specific audiences such as Facebook groups or archived to Ustream or Twitch.

Finding friends is made easier with a "Friends-of-Friends" search option, letting you hunt down mutual friends from a pal's list, while the ability to accept friend requests directly from the friends list is also introduced.

A bunch of smaller updates will also be introduced too, including additional payment methods for PlayStation Store purchases, the ability to share Music Unlimited tracks with pals using the Dualshock 4's Share button, improved support for PS Vita remote play and updated iOS and Android companion apps. [Sony]


PS4 Update: Enhanced Video Editing, Advance Downloads of Games, More

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