PlayStation 4 "Yukimura" update 2.50 is live now

If you were thinking about settling in for some PS4 gaming this weekend, be warned: There’s a 250mb update you’ll need to download first. Yep, codenamed Yukimura, system software update version 2.50 is officially out now, bringing with it all sorts of features and tweaks.

The PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4

Described as a “forward-looking update”, Yukimura introduces the eagerly-anticipated Suspend/Resume feature, which means you’ll be able to jump into – and out of – your games quickly, picking up where you left off. The feature will be supported by “nearly all” PS4 titles, and is one gamers have been asking for since the console’s launch.

Other highlights included in Yukimura include:

  • “Yukimura” allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.
  • PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook Friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on PS4. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a “Friends Who Play This” section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What’s New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation®Store.
  • PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with “Yukimura,” a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by “Earned Date,” “Not Earned,” and “Grade,” as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.
  • “Yukimura” introduces new options to customize the user experience with PS4, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system’s browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

There are also a handful of additional features and updates, including Remote Play and Share Play for games that support 60fps, uploading to Dailymotion.com via “share”, automatic installation of System Software Updates, the ability to upgrade your sub-account to a master account, and the addition of new Verified Accounts, for “game industry professionals, including developers, producers, designers and community managers”.

If you don’t have a PS4, but do have a Vita, expect a system software update to roll out this week as well, bringing the handheld into line with the console with update v3.50.

For more information (including more details on all of the new features added and tweaked for the PS4 system), head to www.au.playstation.com!

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