PS4 2.0 Update Gets a Host of New Features

By Nick Cowen on at

Microsoft rolled out its Xbox One update yesterday, tossing a ton of new functionality at players. In the wake of that, it seems Sony feels the spotlight has shifted, so the PS4 platform manufacturer has announced a plethora of new features for its forthcoming 2.0 update. Timing is everything, after all.

Among the lengthy list of functions is the fact that players will now be able to play their own music in the background while playing a game. There’s no word yet on whether this function cuts out the music in whatever happens to be playing at the time, but we know that MP3, MP4, M4A and 3GP formats are supported.

PS4 owners will also get more options with their onscreen themes, friend suggestions, enhanced voice commands and the ability to back up PS4 data using USB storage – just in case you run out of space locally.

One of the more interesting new features is Share Play, a function that was confirmed back at Gamescom in August. This feature allows players to pass control of their game to a friend via the internet. So if you’re stuck on a particularly tricky bit in a game, and your friend has completed it, you can allow them to remotely get you passed whatever section is holding you up.

The new update will also come bundled with video support for YouTube – good news for all you show offs out there.

The only thing we’re waiting for now is an announcement on when the update will arrive. Over to you, Sony….