PS4 day-one update can be background downloaded while you play

You'll need to download a 300MB patch to access most of PlayStation 4's features. However, you'll still be able to play games out of the box.

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You'll need to download a 300MB patch to access most of PlayStation 4's features. However, you'll still be able to play games out of the box. With over a million consoles scheduled to go out on day one, there's always a chance that PlayStation Network servers may be hammered. Thankfully, you'll still be able to play games and have the update the download in the background.

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter that you'll be able to download the patch in the background.

Of course, you'll only be able to play games offline. Without the update, you won't be able to access PSN features. You also won't be able to play Blu-ray movies or DVDs, so while your PS4 is downloading the update, expect to play games. And, really, only play games.

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    October 28, 2013 6:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PS4 day-one update can be background downloaded while you play.

    You'll need to download a 300MB patch to access most of PlayStation 4's features. However, you'll still be able to play games out of the box.

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      October 28, 2013 6:17 AM

      That's a neat feature.

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        October 28, 2013 11:24 AM

        Does every current console do this already? Hopefully the PS4 retains the ability to install updates to titles/OS while the unit is sleeping.

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          October 28, 2013 11:39 AM

          Neither the 360 or PS3 downloads or installs OS updates while they're turned off. Is that what you're asking?

          They also don't download OS updates while you're in game.

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            October 28, 2013 12:12 PM

            Does the PS3 do that with PSN+ I thought that was part of PSN+?

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              October 28, 2013 12:24 PM

              It will download updates overnight if you have PS+, yes. Won't install them though.

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                October 28, 2013 9:15 PM

                Are you sure about that? I could swear I saw messages the next day saying it had been updated but I could be wrong.

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                  October 28, 2013 9:40 PM

                  You'll get messages about saves that were uploaded to the cloud and games that got patches installed, but I've never seen a system update auto-install.

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                    October 29, 2013 11:11 AM

                    Ah, my bad. One of my biggest peeves comapred to the 360 is how long it takes to decompress/install games and patches on the PS3 (which was mitigated somewhat by PS+). Glad to hear it is fixed on PS4.

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                      October 30, 2013 6:20 AM

                      Yeah I'm right there with you. PS3 takes forever to DL and install. I have PS+ and it's nice to have the updates DL for me at night but it would be better if it installed. But to have this feature you have to be "always online." Still find the debate so funny. lol

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          October 28, 2013 11:45 AM

          PS4 has a separate actual hardware chip that handles all of this. It will be able to do this.

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      October 28, 2013 6:26 AM

      I was worried about the first 5 minutes!!! Phew

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      October 28, 2013 7:42 AM

      I just hope that the PS4 updates happen somewhat faster than Ps3/Vita updates. Because those feel godawful in comparison to xbox updates.

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        October 28, 2013 7:50 AM

        I discovered that by plugging in an Ethernet connection to my PS3 instead of using the wireless that my downloads were on par with my 360's. The wireless card in the PS3 isn't as good as the one in the slim 360.

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          October 28, 2013 9:17 AM

          There's been a bit of marketing around MIMO tech. Kindle had it last round and now Apple has done the same to improve wireless performance. But, in my personal testing it still boils down on the source. I can get pretty good results from speedtest.net over whatever wireless but then have crap downloads from Amazon, Google, etc on the same tablet/phone. But, I haven't used a packet sniffer on the router to tell if those services are using multiple connections to download which I'm sure speedtest isn't.

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      October 28, 2013 11:18 AM

      I'm still hoping that the download will be available a day or 2 before launch so I can download it to a USB drive and install from there instead of pounding the servers on 11/15 with a million other people.....

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      October 28, 2013 11:41 AM

      Wait... you can't play DVDs offline?! My PS3 can play DVDs and Blu-Rays offline.

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        October 28, 2013 11:43 AM

        Without the update, you won't be able to access PSN features. You also won't be able to play Blu-ray movies or DVDs

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          October 28, 2013 12:05 PM

          I know, but compared to base DVD and Blu-Ray players, which support "offline playback", it's a dumb restriction. (DVD players can play 100% of DVDs offline; for Blu-Ray players I think it's as long as whatever keystore is updated to some point; my PS3 played the Blu-Ray for The Hangover just fine without being connected to the Internet, but maybe that's because that Blu-Ray predates the firmware it was running.)

          At a base level of functionality, the position of "This device can't play this media stored on a disc because it can't make an Internet connection" is dumb, especially in the face of games being able to be played. Do PS4 games still have a section of the disc dedicated to the storing the minimum firmware version for the game to run? Wouldn't that firmware also have a library of Blu-Ray key revocation lists?

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            October 28, 2013 12:10 PM

            Once you have the update, you can play them offline just fine. At least thats how I interpret it.

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            October 28, 2013 12:17 PM

            I'm sure they'll play fine and it's a case of the base operating system install not including a video player, lol

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        October 28, 2013 12:18 PM

        You can play them offline after the initial patch.

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