PS4 2.00 update includes music player, friend suggestions, more colors

ps4 200_6Just as we were complaining about Sony taking their sweet time releasing meaningful PS4 system software updates… comes more details on the next PS4 system software update.

Version 2.00 (codenamed Masamune), which we have known about for some time now, is apparently (possibly maybe) coming soon-ish and will include theme support and UI customizations, SharePlay functionality and YouTube support.  It’ll also include a few other features such as a background music player, new friend suggestions, live broadcast enhancements, content area and library tweaks, the ability to “add to library” from the PS Store without actually downloading the game/content, some new voice commands and the ability to back up data to USB storage.

The PS Vita/PS TV will be getting an update to v3.35 with additional features, and even the iOS and Android PlayStation App will receive a 2.0 update with a redesign and new features too.

Hop on over to the PS Blog for the announcement, and read on for more info on the set of features coming in the 2.00 update.

PlayStation 4 System Software 2.00

  • USB Music Player: PS4 owners can play their own music in the background while playing a game using USB Music Player*. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the PS4, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. Supported filename extensions include MP3, MP4, M4A, and 3GP.
  • Change colors: In addition to the ability to add a theme, PS4 owners can also change the background of the home screen from light blue to one of seven new colors: gold, blue, red, green, purple, pink, and gray.
  • Players You May Know: PS4 will now suggest players you may know in the ‘What’s New’ section, recommending gamers your friends frequently play with.
  • Enhancements to Live Broadcasting: Masamune brings a variety of improvements to live broadcasting on PS4. In the Live From PlayStation app, PS4 owners can now select a Featured channel, which includes official broadcasts from PlayStation, broadcasts from people on a players friend list, and any game channel that the player has followed. Additionally, Live From PlayStation now has filters for searching broadcasts on a specific game, as well as support for archived broadcasts.
  • Content Area and Library: PS4’s Content Area, which shows the latest games and apps a PS4 owner has used, has been redesigned to help make it easier to quickly find and access content. It now shows 15 of a player’s most used apps or games, and additional items will be added to a player’s Library. The Library on PS4 has improved filter and sort functions to help organize contented by type (game / app / TV & video), name (a – z or z – a), recently used, or install date.
  • Enhanced Voice Commands: The ability to control PS4 using voice has been improved. Players can now say ‘PlayStation’ to begin commands, and ‘All Commands,’ to see a list of all voice command options available. New voice commands were added for live broadcasting, including “Start broadcast,” “End broadcast,” and “Find face.”
  • Add To Library: The monthly free PlayStation Plus games will have an ‘Add to Library’ button in the PlayStation Store. This button will add a game to a PS4 owner’s library without downloading it – saving space on their hard drive.
  • Back Up Data: Data on PS4 can be backed up and resorted using USB storage. This will back up all data for the console, including settings, save data, screenshots, video clips, download data, and more.