Sony have announced that their much talked about 2.00 update for the PS4 will be released on October 28th. Sony are referring to the update as ‘Masamune’. Masamune is recgonised as Japan’s greatest ever swordsmith or the reference may be to the powerful sword itself, also known as Masamune. Whatever the case, Sony is sharp off the mark with this exciting update.
PS4 users will be able to enjoy some simple additions like added social features, interface customisation and 3d Blu-ray playback but the excitement for this release centres around another feature – ‘Share Play’. The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch” Sony explains.
“PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room.” “With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls.”
It all sounds very exciting and I am sure that I am not the only person who is intrigued to see how it will actually work. Nevertheless, it is an encouraging sign that Sony are offering great new updates and taking suggestions on board from customers who pay a premium price for their console and games.
PS4's next software update, Masamune, will be available on 10/28. Includes Share Play, USB Music player, and more! pic.twitter.com/FjfgcY91Ki
Another addition that may prove to be popular is the USB music player. You will now be able to listen to music from your portable USB device while playing your favourite game. After inserting a USB stick loaded with music into the system, a new option for USB Music Player will appear. One might ask why music playback was not originally a feature but again, it is a good sign to see Sony making these much sought after enhancements. Masamune will be available for download next Tuesday and let’s hope it lives up to the hype that Sony are creating.