Sony Computer Entertainment America has just announced that eagerly anticipated PS4 firmware update 3.0 will begin rolling out from September 30. PS4 owners will be greeted with a notification for the update when they boot up their console tomorrow. The console maker took this opportunity to thank all those who participated system software beta program, while also assuring that the feedback received from beta testers has played a key role in making this system software update even better.
An overview of the new OS features included in firmware update 3.00 can be seen in the video below.
Sharing video clips to Twitter
PS4 users can now share video clips directly to Twitter via a new icon on the Upload Video Clip menu that can be seen between Facebook and YouTube icons. Unfortunately, the maximum length of a video that can be shared on Twitter is limited to only 10 seconds, so you’ll need to do a bit of trimming before you can upload your favorite gaming moments on the social network.
PlayStation Plus Section
The PS4 OS will now feature a dedicated section for PlayStation Plus, which you can access by clicking the big Plus icon on the top right corner of your PS4 home screen. From there, PS Plus member can manage your membership, see the monthly free games to download, deals for PS Plus members, and all of the games they’ve redeemed through the service on PS4.
PS4 owners will now see a new icon for YouTube on the Broadcast Gameplay Screen, which will be accessible after hitting the Share button. Thanks to firmware version 3.00, players will now be able to live stream their gameplay directly from their PS4s to YouTube. These streams can be viewed across YouTube.
PS4 owners can can now select PNG instead of JPEG in order to get higher quality screenshots. To enable PNG screenshots, press the Share button and go to Share Settings > Screenshot Settings > Image Format.
A new hub for Events has been added to PS4 OS, which can be accessed from the home screen. Through this hub, players will now get an overview of activities taking place in the games they play most, such as official broadcasts.
Improved Messaging and Favorite Group
Improvements have been made to Messaging by making it easier to access groups of people you chat with on a frequent basis. Once you make or get added to a group, you’ll get to keep tabs on the online status of friends, what games they are playing, and the option to message or chat in party.
PS4 users will now be able to create communities based on the interests they share with others, such as games and genres. Communities will include a message board with general discussion, screenshots shared by other players, as well as the ability to join parties and games.
You’ll now be able to decorate your messages with stickers via a new option in the Messages app. Firmware version 3.00 will come with stickers themed after Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Knack, LittleBigPlanet 3, Resogun, and more titles.
Let us know which of these firmware 3.00 features you’re most excited about in the comments below.