PS4 1.7 Firmware Update: Here Are All the Stealthy Changes and Fixes Not Included in the Patch Notes

on April 30, 2014 6:45 AM

Today Sony Computer Entertainment released the new 1.7 firmware update, and published the official patch notes. Turns out, though, that the notes aren’t really complete, and the update includes several stealthy changes that Sony did not list, including some very relevant ones, like the ability to log in a second user with the same DualShock 4 controller, as discovered by NeoGAF user Guymelef and others.

  • Notifications: New notification type: From PlayStation.
  • System: You can now log in with multiple users with a single DualShock 4 controller without logging out the others.
  • System: The “What’s New” menu now has timestamps.
  • System: The log-in screen won’t be displayed anymore when reconnecting the DS4.
  • System: When a game crashes you can now choose to attach a video clip in the error report and send it to Sony.
  • System: Added option to automatically send error reports to Sony.
  • System: HDCP has to be enabled in order to watch Blu-Ray movies.
  • System: Several options have been added to the Video Playback Settings menu.
  • Settings – Audio: You can now force the PS4 to output 5.1 channel audio over HDMI even if it detects 7.1 channel support.
  • Settings – Video: “Deep Color Output” added. It’s possible to set it to “off” and “automatic”.
  • Share: It’s now possible to upload multiple screenshots to Facebook at the same time.
  • Streaming: Comments/viewers notifications added when you are in a full screen streaming.
  • Streaming: You can now upload screenshots and video while broadcasting.
  • Streaming: You can now view comments without having to switch streaming modes.
  • Remote Play: The PS Vita won’t fail to connect to your PS4 anymore if you have USB devices like keyboards or similar connected to it.

In addition to the changes listed above, multiple users are reporting that the whole operating system is now faster, especially on the PSN storefront, on the trophies screen, on the “What’s New” section and during overall multitasking.

Finally, others are also mentioning that the bug that caused the “Share” button to record the wrong segment of footage has been corrected, and now it correctly records the latest fifteen minutes of gameplay.

One thing is for sure: firmware update 1.7 is definitely a very good step in the right direction for PS4. Hopefully the next one will include other popular requests like MP3 playback and online notifications from the friend list.

If you found more stealthy changes feel free to add them in the comments below.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.
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