Details of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0 have been leaked by Eurogamer, almost certainly showing us what’s in store for console owners in the near future.
One of the biggest features to emerge from 5.0 will be the ability to stream gameplay on Twitch at 1080p at 60fps. Currently the system’s best performance is 720p at 60fps. However, it’s thought that this will be limited to those who have installed update 5.0 and own a PlayStation 4 Pro.
Update 5.0 will also bring with it the ability to follow other PlayStation users, a feature that Microsoft implemented with the Xbox One some time ago. You won’t need to be friends with a person to follow them, and it won’t have any bearing on your friend cap either, a move which Sony is hoping will “encourage more sharing of content and more interactions”.
This doesn’t mean just anybody can follow anyone, though; you’ll have the option to let only your friends or anyone follow you, and can block any followers too.
There will also be a change to the ‘sub’ and ‘master’ accounts system. 5.0 will allow for more than one adult account, meaning they can also act as guardians over the content that the child is privy to. These ‘family’ accounts mean different children can interact with a different parent, even across different PlayStation 4 consoles.
Notifications will now be viewable in the Quick Menu, meaning you don’t have to exit your game just to find out if an update has completed.
Seven more languages will be added to each system: Thai, Romanian, Hungarian, Czech, Greek, Indonesian, and Vietnamese, broadcasts can be linked to PlayStation Community, and spectator comments can be viewed onscreen during VR broadcasts.
There’s no hint as to when firmware update 5.0 will launch, however Eurogamer understands it will be in the near future.
Are you looking forward to some of the new features firmware update 5.0 will bring to your system? Did Sony miss anything out? Let us know in the comments section below.