PS4 requires a Day One patch installed in order for several features to be usable
Similar to the Xbox One, Sony has announced the PS4 will also need a Day One patch installed in order to make several features accessible.
The patch is roughly 300 MB in size and will update the PS4's firmware to a version 1.5 when it's released on launch day.
While offline play won't be impacted, several other features will be locked until the patch is installed. Among the locked features are online gaming, Remote Play, and the console's Blu-ray/DVD player.
The full list from Sony:
- Remote Play with Vita
- Second screen experiences on other devices
- Recording and streaming functionality
- Play games as they download
- Multiple user log-in
- Voice chat
- Face recognition with voice commands
- Background music player
- Online multiplayer
- Play Blu-ray and DVD movies
Giantbomb believes this patch should act as an early test of how well the new version of PSN will be able handle the amount of stress and users during its launch period.
Besides the features listed above, several other unannounced features will also not be available at launch. These features will require a separate patch but it won't arrive until some point after the launch period. The "Suspend/Resume" power mode is among those needing a separate patch.
Why is it that all three next gen consoles have so many features that require a day 1 patch? I miss the days when the companies would finish everything BEFORE releasing it.
Thats interesting. So most of the features that need to be addressed in the patch are those that you need to be connected to the internet to use anyway. While I don't doubt its gotta suck for those who can't get the internet to get the patch to not be able to play music in the background or play blu-rays, overall it looks like its stuff those people won't miss anyway. So overall, not bad - just as long as te oft-touted fast patching system works.
isn't ignoring all context in discussion standard fanboy practice ?
Its only 300 MB's, I doubt its a complete and total overhaul like that.
Okay, bit of a reality check here, man. The Wii U patch is a gigabyte (as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong), on a hard drive of 8 GB's (or 32 GB's). This is 300 MB's, on a hard drive of 500 GB's at minimum. Ones a bit more of a waste of space than the other.
There's plenty of ways to defend the Wii U without having to resort to just ignoring all context about its flaws.
Hardware is finished and being made, but they can still develop software.
Precisely what I was thinking when I came in.
people were bitching about the wii u day 1 patch but when ps4 does it, it's okay? people are hypocrites.
The hardware might be finished months in advance of the release. Likely what is the case is that software developers were still making new updates even though the hardware's already manufactured. It's a somewhat common thing in new systems.
Very well could be the Dev teams are still testing, and finding bugs after the consoles have hit the production lines with the original firmwares in place, I would rather them find the bugs, and have a day 1 patch, then them not doing anything about it all.
Not the least bit surprised.
One, it encourages an internet connection to register the device, sign up for PSN, etc.
Two, it saves costs and production time. Toss a basic working OS on the system so the devices can be packaged and shipped out and not sitting in a warehouse and rushed at release day. Also gives a few more months' worth of work time for those extra features instead of having everything in six months before release.... and in the competitive market where everything changes so quickly, also gives time to respond to competition.
As said below, I'm sure XB1 will have the same thing, for same reasons.
It is. In fact, it's day one update is supposed to get rid of the things nobody liked about the Xbox One (The always having to be online for example).
I was about to say that, and I'm sure the xbox 1 will need one as well.
Also reminds me of the wiiu day one patch. Seems really weird for all the major consoles to require a update for you to be able to use them to their fullest.