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According to a post on the official PlayStation blog, Sony have commenced the beta testing phase for their flagship console’s 3.50 update (codenamed MUSASHI), and it includes a few interesting new features.

Unfortunately, I don’t own a PS4. It’s a tremendously sad fact, but it doesn’t really dampen my excitement for the functionality that will be coming with the console’s next major update. Full details after the jump.

New social features will make up the bulk of the update’s content, such as being able to see when your friends come online, see what they’re playing so you can join in, set “play dates”, and there’s even an option to go incognito if you want to avoid said friends completely. Below is a more detailed description pulled from the blog post:

  • Friend Online Notification – Want to know the moment your friends come online? With this update, you can, as we’ve added an option to be notified when members of your friends list sign on the network.
  • Appear Offline – Sometimes you want to play a game or watch a movie without being bothered by friends. Now it’s easier to go incognito as we’ve added the option to appear offline. You can designate if you would like to appear offline when you log-in or at any time from your Profile or the Quick Menu.
  • User Scheduled Event – Time for a play date! We’ve added the ability to schedule a future gameplay session with your friends on the system. When your event starts, users who registered for the event will automatically be added to a party so you can start playing right away.
  • Play Together – This features allows all members of a Party to see what each person is playing so that you can easily join a friend’s game, or start a new game together.

The update will also bring with it the ability to stream directly to Dailymotion.

Probably the most exciting part of this update is Sony’s intention to add PC/Mac remote-play functionality to the PS4. According to the blog post, remote play won’t be available to beta testers, “but you can look forward to it soon”. Which hopefully means it will be included in the update when it goes live for everyone. No word on when that’ll be though.

Source: PlayStation blog

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