PS4 1.7 Firmware Update Allows HD Streams on Twitch Too, Side Bar Chat; More Coming Before Release

The official press release sent by Sony to accompany the announcement of the release of firmware update 1.7 had a couple new details that weren’t previously mentioned.

We already knew that the new update would allow us to broadcast in HD on Ustream, but the option will be activated for Twitch too. In addition to that, the ability to archive video from your streams will be added (dependent on the service used itself and not natively on the console).

As an added bonus, the video released today shows the chat moved to the side of the stream instead of the current positioning at the bottom, as you can see in the picture above.

Since this last detail was not mentioned in the press release, at the moment it’s unclear whether this will become the new default option, or if there’s a customizable setting. Despite the different positioning, a comparison made in Photoshop reveals that the screen estate occupied by the game remains pretty much the same.

In addition to that Community Manager Chris Owen mentioned on Twitter than more details are coming in response to fans asking if there’s more to the update that we don’t yet know.

More details will be released before the firmware release, yes.

All will be revealed soon enough : )

That seems a very clear hint to the possibility that we haven’t seen everything of firmware update 1.7 yet.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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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