PlayStation 4’s Backup Options And Audio Setting Options Outlined

Cjcool804 recently became the talk of the internet for possessing a PlayStation 4 ahead of its launch this Friday. Although cjcool804 has stated that he cannot download or log in to his PSN/SEN ID because the system requires an update and that when the update is checked through the console itself, it states that the system already has the latest update. This shows that Sony is yet to greenlight the Day One update numbered 1.50 on the direct access servers.

Not willing to venture deep into the games he own because of the progress saving, cjcool804 started cruising around the UI of the PlayStation 4 and informed us about the features and functionality of the console. He showed us a bootup on the retail console (which as of now has been taken down by SCEA), took us on a tour of variety of options offered by the PlayStation 4.

The recent images from him show the backup options present on the PlayStation 4 along with the audio setup on the console.


Since the PlayStation 4 supports a multitude of resolutions (yes it also supports 480p despite having only HDMI as the input signal), the audio can be either from HDMI input itself or from the Digital Out (optical).


The Audio Format setting has three options present:

  • Linear PCM
  • Bitstream (Dolby)
  • Bitstream (DTS)


The backup options on the PlayStation 4 allow you to directly backup to the cloud storage provided to the PlayStation Plus subscribers, the same as on the PlayStation 3, along with the option to copy your saved data to a removable disk such as a thumb drive. You can then take the backed up data and insert it to any other PlayStation 4 and restore from it and start playing with your own data or you can just keep the backed up data in a safe place.


Stay tuned with us as we bring you more information about the PlayStation 4.

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  • Jon Dangerously

    These sound options make no sense. I set to linear PCM (since DTS and Dolby are the same PCM sound run through compression and therefore lossy). Games sound great in surround. However, Netflix is in stereo unless I have one of the lossy options selected. What gives?

    I wish it would just do like the PS3 where you tell it what you can support and each app picks the best one for what it needs.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    so which is better: Linear PCM, Dolby, or DTS? And is HDMI Audio out better than Digital Audio?

    • benbenkr

      In theory, Linear PCM. But you don’t actually compare them interms of sound quality, but rather compatibility.

      HDMI audio is Digital Audio, so don’t know what you are asking here.

      • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

        oh ok..well which one is more future proof then? and as for the last question, then why are HDMI out and Audio (optical) separated under the audio option instead of under one category?

        • Alex_Atkin_UK

          Its not about future proof its about backwards compatibility with older surround hardware.

          Linear PCM is the best quality and lowest latency, as the console output the audio as-is. Both DTS and Dolby require encoding that audio into another format first and when used for gaming that will be lossy encoding, similar to MP3.

          As for HDMI or Optical, it gives you different options as they are a choice, you pick one or the other not both. This is because HDMI can support 7.1 Linear PCM, Optical can only support stereo Linear PCM or lossy DTS/Dolby 5.1.

          HDMI can output everything optical can, but optical cannot output everything HDMI can.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            looks like Linear PCM and HDMI are my best options. Thanks 🙂 u watching the Nintendo Direct?

          • haftarun8

            If you’re primarily gaming, don’t care as much about blu-ray (and other pre-encoded media resources), and want to keep it simple, then I agree Linear PCM over HDMI is the way to go. If they did this right it SHOULD also work just fine for movies, but I’d be more comfortable having more options there (as I wrote in my above reply)

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yeah even though I have PS3 I haven’t really gone out to get Blu Ray or even DVDs for that matter, so despite the fact I may invest more in Blu Ray once I get PS4, I think I’m better off with Linear PCM like you said since gaming is my top priority for the system. Thanks for the help 🙂

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            By the way, could you post a comment at “Nintendo/Video Game and Science Force – Science vs. Religion Discussion”?

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            yeah I will

          • haftarun8

            It’s almost opposite for blu-ray movies though, as using Linear PCM would often require the PS4 to decode the Blu-ray’s native DTS-Master Audio or Dolby Digital True HD soundtrack (which are both lossless formats more-or-less equal in quality to Linear PCM anyway) before sending the data down the HDMI pipeline to a modern receiver. It’s hard to say which is the better solution without knowing the latency of the PS4 doing the decode vs. the receiver, and if the PS4’s decoding would leave the sample rate and bitrate of the DTS-MA and DD-TrHD alone (as opposed to a lowest common denominator, unchangable linear PCM quality level). Also where are the options to output 2.0 stereo, 2.1, 5.1, and 7.1 audio for games?

            It’d be nice to be able to specify different audio settings for gaming and for blu-ray, netflix, hulu, etc.. (sources that are already encoded with DD or DTS). Maybe just a check box to spit out whatever signal the native content is with no conversion or encoding/decoding period?

            Options, usability, and customization >>>> dumbed down simplicity for any home theater user wanting to use this for more than just gaming on a “home-theater-in-a-box setup”, I say 😛

          • haftarun8

            Note that I’m a total Audiophile snob when it comes to this stuff, so most of the above need not apply unless you’re REALLY picky about sound quality. LPCM will sound just fine for 99% of users I’m sure.

            It’d just be nice to have some transparency and see options so you know exactly what bitrate and sample rate you’re getting for each respective format. Even the PS3 did this for the most part, making it a spectacularly versatile BD player as well as hi-fi gaming audio machine.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            I’m with you there. I’m annoyed that Netflix do not tell you the audio/video codec and bitrate on their information screen. You can at least get the video bitrate by viewing their test streams, but the never tell you the audio.

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            I totally agree, options are good. I would always choose to bitstream the native format when possible as receivers have dedicated hardware to decode, games consoles will do it in software so are likely to be optimised for speed over quality. Although theoretically with lossless codecs there should be no compromise, I wouldn’t be so sure. Its likely it still passes through the consoles software mixing routines which would reduce the quality.

            One example where they seemed to mess up is with Netflix on PS3 as it only outputs Dolby Digital not Dolby Digital Plus. Most people wouldn’t know, but after I tried it on a WDTV Live which bitstreamed the full Dolby Digital Plus, the difference was huge. The PS3 sounded very flat, the Plus seemed to add a ton of dynamic range. Its puzzling when I have it set to bitstream everything, I hope they fix this on PS4.

            Then again, I wish Netflix would focus on having Dolby TrueHD rather than pushing forward with 4K. I guess it makes sense to be one of the few services that will be offering 4K, but at 15Mbit its hardly going to be earth shattering quality unless they adopt H265 for it.

          • haftarun8

            I agree 4K at anything less than the new h.265 @ 25-40Mbps would be a waste of pixels. They don’t even run their 1080p content at a high enough bandwidth to justify the leap from 720p. I didn’t realize Netflix even streamed DD Plus. Sounds like PS3 needs to fix their netflix app to allow the DD Plus bitstream to work; I’m pretty sure it can bitstream that format from a BD so why not Netflix? Dolby TrueHD and DTS-MA may be too much bandwidth for internet streaming still (I think can vary as high as 6Mbps for the audio alone?). I’m willing to bet the DD to DD Plus is a much more perceivable difference than DD Plus to TrueHD would be anyways.

            So yeah I guess PS3 for BD’s bitstream does what it should. Apparently other than that it’s app dependent?

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            I would go that far, I can clearly see the detail in the picture go up when Netflix jumps from 720p to 1080p, compared to not having 1080p at all its a fair compromise. But when you consider I would have to pay eight times more for a 4K TV than my 1080p TV cost, I think people are going to expect more of an improvement.

            Whilever 4K is considered a premium the expectations are different. I just find it puzzling that Netflix aren’t treating it as such. Still, I suppose that is their purpose, to provide a “decent” service to the masses. I just thought they might be a bit more ambitious when dealing with early adopters.

          • haftarun8

            Yeah I agree there. Sure if you go to 1080p and the bitrate is at least 2x what it was at 720p, the improvement is gonna be good. I was more comparing it to blu-ray’s bitrate (which may be on the high side but you can’t argue with the picture quality). 4K SHOULD be different, I agree for sure. If you can afford a 4K TV or Projector large enough to really see the difference in resolution, you can afford a premium 50+Mbps internet connection plan. Cater to your specific niche customer, not to the masses who won’t be using it anyway.

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