PlayStation 4's suspend/resume feature and more coming tomorrow

PlayStation 4's system software update will introduce a lot of features to the console, which includes a new suspend/resume feature, saving data to an external hard drive, and more.

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Sony announced the PlayStation 4 will be receiving its system software version 2.50 tomorrow, which will include the long-awaited suspend & resume feature as well as others.

System update 2.50 will feature a number of improvements in addition to the suspend & resume feature, which allows users to quickly switch from the console’s Rest Mode to pick up right where they left off. The console will now allow backing up and restoring data from its internal hard drive to an external USB drive, such as settings, saved data, screenshots, and video clips as well as games, patches, and download data.

Sony has also made some major improvements to how PS4 owners find their friends and interact with them in a number of ways. Users will now be able to find their Facebook friends on PSN, so long as both parties have linked their accounts to Facebook in the first place. If you’re looking for friends to play a specific game, you’ll be able to view what friends are playing within each game’s detail page, and if you own the game, you can jump right into it.

Other additions includes sharing earner trophies, customized button assignments, 60fps support for both Remote and Share Play, automatic installation of system software updates, upgrading sub accounts, and even allowing select game developers, producers, designers, and community managers to have verified accounts.

We caught wind of system update 2.50 when its details were leaked by those who were taking part in its beta, which Sony confirmed many of its features shortly after its leak. The suspend & resume feature was one Sony had promised would be available on the PS4 when the console was first announced back in February 2013. To say it’s been a highly-anticipated feature would be a huge understatement and we’re looking forward to giving it a try when it’s released tomorrow.

To get the full list of what to expect in tomorrow's update, head on over to PlayStation.Blog.

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    March 25, 2015 6:50 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, PlayStation 4's suspend/resume feature and more coming tomorrow

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      March 25, 2015 7:07 AM

      Just in time for dropping everything you are doing in bloodborne and walking away instead of breaking a controller

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      March 25, 2015 7:19 AM

      Wish they had some useful stuff in there for the GUI and managing your games and libraries.

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        March 25, 2015 7:27 AM

        Yea, I'm not a fan of having the last few games/apps show up and then to have to get the rest, go to the Library.

        I wish they would adopt something like the Xbox One's ability to pin games and applications so I can jump into whatever I'm currently playing, or something I haven't played for a while, but I know I'd jump back into at the drop of a hat.

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          March 25, 2015 8:19 AM

          Hell, I'd be content if the Library section was in "What's New"'s spot on the bar. I don't mind that unused apps are in their own area, but having to go all the way across the the menu to access it is the worst part of it.

          And even while writing that, I thought to myself "This is the most first world contrivance I've dealt with in a while".

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        March 25, 2015 10:27 AM

        For the life of me,I can't understand why people keep bitching and moaning about this. It's not like it's a feature that's going to improve the way you actually play games any better or worse.

        Don't get me wrong,It would be a welcome addition to be able to better organize your library,but for god's sake,the amount of people that ask for this over other features that would be more useful is just mind boggling to me.

        The absolute very next thing they should be laser focused on is the ability to turn the light either completely off,or dimmed down more than what you can right now,to further extend the battery life of your DS4.

        Second for me would be better responsiveness and control to the mail and notification system.Maybe that's a PSN issue,but I can't stand deleting a mail only to have it not delete for about an hour.Also,how about being able to select multiple messages to delete all at once?

        Lastly,how about letting me use the touch pad to RW and FF through my saved gameplay footage.

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      March 25, 2015 7:36 AM

      improved battery life on controllers? turning off LED to give a few more minutes of playing time?

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        March 25, 2015 8:10 AM

        I'm not sure how the OS could change battery life. But man, being able to turn off the light entirely would be great (and I'm not sure why that wasn't an option in the first place).

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          March 25, 2015 1:51 PM

          Well you can update the firmware of the XB1 controller and the most recent one cut boot time of the controller in half.

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        March 25, 2015 1:03 PM

        You can set the light to High/Medium or Dim now. Not sure how much it helps, but I am sure it helps a bit.

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          March 25, 2015 1:47 PM

          i just don't understand the point of it if you're not using it for the move add on.

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            March 25, 2015 1:56 PM

            There are a few minor things. Like it flashes red/blue if you are wanted in gta5. But if you arent in a super dark room then you don’t really notice it.

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      March 25, 2015 12:38 PM

      With all the problems they had with 2.0, there's no way they don't fuck this up right?

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        March 25, 2015 1:53 PM

        Yeah I'm expecting LOTS of problems with the suspend/resume feature. Probably games crashing when people try to resume.

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      March 25, 2015 1:08 PM

      Thanks for the warning, gonna disable auto updates tonight.

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      March 25, 2015 1:27 PM

      I don't own a PS4, but I saw this feature while watching a playthrough. game crashed on the guy. He said ok. clicked on the game and it started RIGHT at the exact spot he was last playing. That is a damn impressive feature

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      March 25, 2015 1:49 PM

      I hope they get this working it's REALLY good on the XB1 and it's great that it's been accepted that it should be a normal feature now for consoles.