PlayStation 4 is expected to receive a new firmware update in the coming weeks. The announcement was made last month and a call was made to expect several improvements. However, without any official patch notes we had little to go on.
Earlier today, Eurogamer managed to confirm that the upcoming update will allow consumers to stream on Twitch at 1080p and in 60 frames per second. However, do note that the feature is limited to only owners of PlayStation 4 Pro and not the standard console.
Another improvement is in the form of Sony changing things to “encourage more sharing of content and more interactions.” This will be achieved by allowing users to follow any account they wish. Currently, this is restricted to just verified accounts for games, developers, and streamers. In addition, users will not have to send friend requests in order to follow an account. This will ensure that the current friend limit is not affected.
Furthermore in the changes to accounts, the upcoming firmware update will allow multiple adult accounts in a family. There will also be the ability to set parental controls on each of those accounts. This may seem hard to keep track of but Sony will be introducing a new web application that manages all family accounts from either mobile or PC.
Lastly, system notifications will be accessible from the Quick Menu without having to go back to the Home screen. The same tab will also give users access to Downloads.
Other changes include event push notifications, broadcasting in virtual reality will allow spectator comments on screen, broadcasts can be linked to the PlayStation Community, and support for bundle and compilation discs and more.
Sony is also said to be adding support for bundle and compilation discs, with or without add-ons, and discs which support games and add-ons (such as in a Game of the Year Edition) that do not need developers to rework any code.