Sony’s PS4 3.50 update adds PC and Mac game streaming this week
The long awaited 3.50 update for the PS4 is set to launch this week, adding new features to the popular console. John Koller, the Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America, confirmed the launch date earlier today.
“Our next major system software update for PS4, version 3.50 (codenamed MUSASHI), is out tomorrow,” Koller explained on the Playstation Blog. “While we outlined some of the features last month before our beta program started, we wanted to give a more detailed look at the update and share some new info. We’re making it easier to play together with friends, adding the ability to appear offline, and more.”
Using the profile tab, user will now be able to change their “Online Status,” which means you can appear offline to your friends if you are watching a movie, or doing some solo gaming for a while. Koller explained, “You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile, or by holding down the PS Button on DualShock 4 to bring up the Quick Menu.”
The new update will also bring status notifications for when your friends comes online. You can toggle which friends you want to get the notification from by selecting their name from the friends list and clicking ‘Notify When Online.’ There will also be a new feature added that lets you schedule events with your friends. “Just select ‘Create Event,’ and you’ll be able to make an invitation for an upcoming gameplay session. Choose the day, time, game, and send it off to your friends,” the post reads. “When your event starts, users who registered will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.”
While fans should enjoy the new friends list update, the biggest addition is part of Remote Play. The new update will allow the PS4’s Remote Play capabilities to work with Windows PC and Mac.
The update will allow the game to run 360p, 540p or 720p on your computer (Default: 540p). You can even set the framerate while you are streaming, choosing from Standard (30fps), High (60fps) (Default: Standard).
You can use one DualShock 4 as the controller for Remote Play, which needs to be connected to your PC / Mac via a USB cable. Koller explained, “After the system software update launches, you’ll be able to download the Remote Play Installer here.”
The remote play features will work with computers running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or later. For Mac users, they will have to be running OS X 10.10 or OS X 10.11.