PS4 PlayStation 4 News (Articles, Accessories and Everything Else) Part II

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https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/thre...cessories-and-everything-else.990790/page-615



A couple of big changes coming with Firmware 4.00, including new UI and the ability to create and manage folders for your library.

Seems like it's a big focus on functionality.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016...re-4-00-will-feature-folders-ui-refresh-more/
UI Refresh
We’ve 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.

Quick Menu
As you know, pressing and holding the PS button on your DualShock 4 brings up the Quick Menu. We’ve overhauled this menu 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.

We’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.

Share Menu
We’ve given a similar overhaul 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 Organization
One of the big requests we get is for more options to organize content on PS4. With this update, we’re adding functionality to create folders on PS4’s content launcher and Library. This will help collect your favorite games and select apps in one place for quick and easy access.

We’re also making some pretty big changes to the Library. We’ve added 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.

Trophy Improvements
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.

We’ve also added 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, we’re changing 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.

User Profile
We’ve updated the look of the User Profile, 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 favorite games.
 
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Folders are a nice idea, but I mostly like the UI as it is.

Xbox one is too clunky for its own good, even if they improved it with the last update.
 

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Only thing that annoys me is the library. Once I'm done with a game I generally uninstall it but there are a few I keep installed as I go back to from time to time with friends, GTA, FIFA, Destiny, and if it has been too long they fall off the dashboard and the library is a bit of a mess since it's everything I've ever played including apps, demos and betas, DLC to games I've had on disc etc. And games that aren't on the dashboard don't seem to auto update if there is a patch.

Besides from that I like the simplicity of the UI.
 

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Only thing that annoys me is the library. Once I'm done with a game I generally uninstall it but there are a few I keep installed as I go back to from time to time with friends, GTA, FIFA, Destiny, and if it has been too long they fall off the dashboard and the library is a bit of a mess since it's everything I've ever played including apps, demos and betas, DLC to games I've had on disc etc. And games that aren't on the dashboard don't seem to auto update if there is a patch.

Besides from that I like the simplicity of the UI.
There's a setting than turns off the limit on the dashboard so everything in your library that is currently installed will be displayed. Helps to remind me just how bad my backlog is!
 

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There's a setting than turns off the limit on the dashboard so everything in your library that is currently installed will be displayed. Helps to remind me just how bad my backlog is!
I keep having to go into the library to manually download the updates for my backlist that slid off of the main page.

Gives me a little bit of hope that I'll play them one day.
 
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Got a 10% off PS Store voucher in my email this morning to add to the current Winter Sale/PS Plus discounts, thought I'd be a grown up and get myself something deeper than FIFA and Guitar Hero which are my current plays and ending up buying Lego Avengers for $40.
 

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can't believe they have Street Fighter III Third Strike on the store tho, that's the best game on the system now innit :p
 
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Sony are falling behind in almost every aspect of console gaming now. If both sides bring in iteration, losing the user base now could mean they lose them for good. They need to get their shit together quickly.
 

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Sony are falling behind in almost every aspect of console gaming now. If both sides bring in iteration, losing the user base now could mean they lose them for good. They need to get their shit together quickly.
I'm curious about this. Could you please elaborate? (... wow, that sounds so pompous)
 
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I'm curious about this. Could you please elaborate? (... wow, that sounds so pompous)
For starters the subscription service has been hopeless and represented poor value for money for months and months, while Games with Gold continues to go from strength to strength and offer appealing titles. Microsoft have moved heaven and earth to bring in backwards compatibility and the list of available games grows regularly (over 200 now I think?), while Sony maintains it's impossible and instead pushes their expensive subscription service that isn't even out in most countries, and considers charging $30+ for a digital, upscaled PS2 game the solution. Their updates offer approximately one useful feature per year and we still don't have the simplest of features. Oh, but we can schedule events on a calendar, it's ok. Microsoft brings out monthly updates that release features and fixes that genuinely get the user base excited. Sony have struggled with cheaply made accessories since the console's launch and, looking at the Slim, it doesn't seem like that's about to change. The store is almost impossible to navigate due to lag and a complete failure in user friendliness; the console offers no integration of media; the "social" side pushed by Sony has been a monumental flop...the Xbox rightly started miles behind because of a widely unpopular feature, poor customer service on Microsoft's part and clever marketing on Sony's, but since then Microsoft has done absolutely everything to close the gap while Sony have become complacent at the big lead.

I say this as somebody who has only ever owned Sony and Nintendo consoles, by the way. I have no reason to be biased towards Microsoft.


How are Sony falling behind if they are still well in front?
They're falling behind in aspects of gaming and customer service. If they don't rectify it quickly it will begin to show up in sales and activity.
 
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