New PlayStation firmware update to introduce Share Play, YouTube posting

Friends will be a big focus with the latest update, along with YouTube support.

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Sony has promised to make the PlayStation 4 more of a social game machine than it's already become, and, judging by what's coming with the company's latest firmware update for the system, it's certainly living up to its word.

The firmware 2.00 feature will allow players to find friends who have similar likes to you, based on a recommendation system put into place by Sony. You'll also be able to share videos with others via YouTube, as previously promised by the company.

However, the big feature is Share Play, which Sony broke down in an entry of the PlayStation Blog:

The best way to think about Share Play is like a “virtual couch”. PlayStation 4 will create an online local co-op experience by allowing you to invite a friend to join your game—even when they don’t own a copy of it. With this first-of-its-kind feature, you’ll be able to play games with a friend just as if you were together in the same room. Let’s say that with games… you’ll be able to invite your friend online to play against the Miami Heat for the championship as the San Antonio Spurs in NBA2K, tackle the challenging Towerfall Ascension Quest Mode together, or aide, heal, and protect you as Igniculus in Child of Light’s local co-op mode.

With Share Play, you can even jump into a game to assist a friend. For example, if there is part of a game that you can’t quite finish, you can invite a friend to take over your controls. Like handing over the controller to a friend on your couch, your screen will be shared as your friend gets through the part of the game that has been giving you trouble—can’t get past that part in The Last of Us: Remastered when you’re hanging upside down? Get a little help.

There's no word on when firmware 2.00 will arrive, but it shouldn't be too far off.

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    August 12, 2014 2:10 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, New PlayStation firmware update to introduce Share Play, YouTube posting.

    Friends will be a big focus with the latest update, along with YouTube support.

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      August 12, 2014 2:32 PM

      When can i use a real remote control with this thing? Yeezus

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        August 12, 2014 2:38 PM

        I wish the ps3 remote at least worked with it.

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          August 12, 2014 2:40 PM

          That's what kept me away for months. That I -still- cannot use my Harmony remote is upsetting.

          I'm using HDMI-CEC to control it now, but it's really janky because of how it doesn't work with certain PS4 Apps or support all the keys.

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            August 12, 2014 3:36 PM

            Yes. Its why I still watch blue rays on the ps3

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        August 12, 2014 8:16 PM

        You can use any universal remote if you have HDMI-CEC support enabled in your TV. It supports enough functionality to get around the menus and handle playing videos/dvd/bluray. I agree it would be nice to have a officially supported remote but its not necessary.

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          August 13, 2014 6:10 AM

          I cut the cord a while back so use a ton of Netflix and Hulu. That wasn't work within apps.

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      August 12, 2014 5:46 PM

      I want my bluetooth headsets (with no dongle using up a usb port) and friend notifications when they log on.

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      August 13, 2014 5:25 AM

      What do i got to fucking do to get folders?

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      August 13, 2014 5:43 AM

      Please please please PSN name rename