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PS4 has an upcoming 4.00 system update, codenamed “Shingen”, rolled out for everyone included in the public beta program. Because there’s a beta disclosure and I can’t show you everything, we wanted to give everyone a glimpse at some of the new aspects of this system software. Also a slim PS4 leak surfaced and it looks pretty legit to us!
There have been made a lot of adjustments and improvements to PS4’s main user interface. That includes some changes you may notice right away, like new system backgrounds and a revised “What’s New” tab, to smaller changes like updated popup notifications and redesigned system icons. As a whole, it all adds up to a more refined and easy to use UI. The overall look and feel of the UI remains the same — it just has a fresh coat of paint.
As you know, pressing and holding the PS button on your DualShock 4 brings up the Quick Menu. This menu is updated to make it faster and easier to use. One big change is that the menu now only covers a portion of the screen, meaning you don’t need to leave gameplay entirely.
They’ve added several new items to the Quick Menu, letting you quickly get info without having to back to the home screen. You can see the online status of your friends, and shortcuts to quickly access your Party, Favorite Groups, Communities, and more. You can also customize the Quick Menu, removing or adding items as you see fit.
A similar overhaul has been given to the Share Menu, which appears once you press the Share button on your DualShock 4. Like the Quick Menu, it only covers a portion of the screen. It will save the last social network you shared video clips or screenshots to, making the process of sharing a screenshot or video a bit faster and more streamlined.
You can also upload longer video clips to Twitter (was 10 seconds, now up to 140 seconds).
Folders and Library Organisation
One of the big community requests was for more options to organise content on PS4. With this update, functionality to create folders on PS4’s content launcher and Library is added. This will help collect your favourite games and select apps in one place for quick and easy access.
Sony has also made some pretty big changes to the Library. There’s a new tab called Purchased, which will show all of the content you own — games, applications, demos, and betas you’ve participated in. As a result, the Games and Applications tabs focus on content currently installed on your system. This should help de-clutter your library, and make it faster to find the content you’re looking for.
There are some new sorting tools for your Library as well. You’ll be able to sort content by purchase date or install status, and search for specific games and apps via text input.
This update brings the ability to view the Trophy offline. You’ll see a new “offline mode” option if your system is unable to connect to the network, letting you view your entire Trophy collection without an Internet connection.
And there’s a button that will let you view the content of a Hidden Trophy. The Trophy will still be hidden by default, but you can now choose to show the Trophy name and info.
Lastly, they have changed the icons that show how rare a Trophy is. Instead of four boxes that fill, the icon looks like a pyramid with the ultra-rare Trophies at the top.
The updated look of the User Profile is also a welcome change, making it easier to see relevant info for a player at-a-glance. For instance, you can now see your Trophy progress compared with another player right from their profile. You can also add a background image to your own profile — perhaps a screenshot you took in one of your favourite games.
The update will have even more features that won’t be available in this beta, so stay tuned for additional info on what to expect. We’ll be back with more info on 4.00, including its launch date, which we believe to be at the PlayStation event on September 7th in New York.
PS4 Slim Leak
The following images were just leaked by a retailer, showing us the new slim PS4 which will get a confirmed release date at the PlayStation event mentioned above. It presumably will have a September 14 release date and drop in price to $299,- €299,- or £249,-
As we can see it is smaller (my guess about 20% in total) and has a matte finish. Also there is a space in between the usb ports, maybe for better data transfer between the plugged in device and the cpu/ motherboard. No optical cable is included in the box nor is there a port on the back.
Be aware as this will not be the PS Neo although I believe it will be announced in New York as well. My guess is that Sony will want to blow Microsoft out of the water once again, with the announcement of both the PS4 Slim at a lower retail price and the new console which they will ship in Q1 of 2017. This will give them a 6 month head start to the Scorpio and possibly the Nintendo NX as well. Only a couple more weeks to wait and we will know for sure *sigh*
source: US PlayStation Blog