Firmware Updates: Sony, We Need More Than Stability

PlayStationing writes: "Last generation, it is safe to say that Sony’s firmware updates were far too frequent, and provided little to no new features with each release. However with the PlayStation 4 I’d argue that the updates are far too infrequent, and the dreaded word “stability” is stated too often."

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Mikelarry1449d ago

I really hope sony does not wait till e3 or after to add mp3, dlna and the suspend and resume functions.

Neonridr1449d ago

while it's great to have all these new features and options to enhance recording and streaming videos, it's odd that they are choosing to ignore basic functionality like dlna support. I stream stuff from my PC to my TV all the time. I currently do it through my Home Theatre system directly because Sony is so finicky about .mkv support (my TV is Sony but won't play those files, my home theatre system is Sony also but will play the .mkv filetype - ironic). I would love to be able to do it through my PS4 instead for convenience.

XtraTrstrL1449d ago

I still say the mp3/audio cd/media server support is all missing as of now for them to have time to hook as many people as they can with the fully functional Music and Video Unlimited services. Cuz there's really no other reason those wouldn't be in by now, it's not things that would take them any significant time to add. They actually had to go out their way to take out audio cd playback 'n whatnot.

AstroCyborg1449d ago

the ps4 is a gaming console not a media center thats the xbox 1

Neonridr1449d ago

@AstroCyborg - people loved using the streaming features in the PS3, since a lot of people used that as their primary blu ray player. Why can't we expect the same from the PS4?

WeedyOne1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

The biggest problem i have that needs to be fixed via firmware update is a fix for 5.1 surround via optical cables.

Currently if you have your PS4 hooked up to you TV through HDMI and route an optical cable to your receiver for sound, it will not output 5.1 digital surround for movies even when you have primary sound through optical selected. It does output 5.1 for games but not movies! WHY?!?!?!

This is my biggest beef with the PS4. Also an update to play 3D blu-rays would be nice...

gaffyh1449d ago

@Weedy - I don't think that affects that many people. I agree it's stupid, but most people are content with HDMI audio out, there's relatively low percentage with a full surround sound system. That might be why they aren't bothered about it at the moment, but it probably will be fixed pretty soon because movies are a major business for Sony.

Neonridr1449d ago

my HDMI audio out goes into the TV which then reverse feeds via ARC back to the surround sound system. It's probably not the best way to run it, but it works, and I am getting 5.1 sound.

WeedyOne1449d ago


Wouldnt my receiver have to accept HDMI for ARC to work? Im using optical because i dont have HDMI ports on my receiver.

kreate1449d ago

Im not buying a ps4 until I can transfer video files over from a external hdd. And when the price drops to $299.

Can I transfer video files over on the x1 from a external hdd?

Anyone know?

Neonridr1448d ago

@WeedyOne - yes it would. Sorry I didn't clarify that. ;)

Shame that it doesn't support 5.1 via optical currently for movies. Seems very odd.

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Naga1449d ago

Weren't those features promised to arrive shortly after launch?

Cha0tik1449d ago

It's still is shortly after launch to them. I honestly feel like we should be patient because I know I don't want to rush an update and have a bricked PS4 as the gift for being impatient.

us_army1449d ago

Just putting this out there, but Sony posted on their blog like a week and a half ago that a big update is coming very soon, and detailed some of the features. This included, streaming additions with editor, twitch improvements etc. Not to mention adding ability to use seperate capture card and can upload files to any external device to be out on youtube etc

Neonridr1449d ago

those still aren't anything close to what Mikelarry mentioned in his original post.

Snookies121449d ago

@Neonridr - Yeah, but we don't know what the full update will contain. Those are just some of the features being added. The ones Mikelarry mentioned might be included as well.

WeedyOne1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

Those features are all crap social features that I dont give 2 poops about.

Fix 5.1 audio for movies using optical cables!
Give me 3D Blu-ray support!
Show me some MP3 and DLNA love!

Those are features people REALLY want. Not more ways to be social. If i wanted to be social I wouldnt be playing video games damnit!

Illusive_Man1449d ago

It's about games. That stuff is unnecessary.

Lockon1449d ago

No way we need more stability updates!

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GribbleGrunger1449d ago (Edited 1449d ago )

Is this an old article? I find it weird that Sony just announced a huge update recently that didn't have anything to do with 'stability' and then an article like this pops up. Very strange timing ...

"This upcoming update will add a rich video editor with a simple tool to personalise your video clips, and you’ll also be able to export to and save the videos and screenshots you create by pressing the Share button to a USB drive," a blog post explains. "In addition, this update will add an HDCP off option for capturing gameplay via HDMI, a feature we’ve previously said would come after launch.

"We recognise that some gamers want to record and share longer clips of their gameplay sessions, and we’re excited to deliver this option with PS4. There’s a lot more coming in this update as well, so stay tuned for more — there will be plenty in the update to excite everyone."

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xX1NORM1Xx1449d ago

As much as I enjoy new features added to my consoles at this point in the life cycle I think xbox one and ps4 need stability to be successful what good is new feature after new feature if they don't work properly and crash constantly but would be good if they could assign more people to stabilising new features so we could get them quicker

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