PlayStation 4 Launch Primer: Sony Releases Massive FAQ On All Things PS4

on November 02 2013 6:02 PM
Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4)
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Sony’s PlayStation 4 will be released on Nov. 15 and the company has unveiled a lengthy launch FAQ that aims to address every concern a new owner may have about the PS4, the DualShock 4, available accessories and features as well as the games available.

Sony published the PS4 launch FAQ on their blog on Oct. 30 and have updated it to include a more current list of the games that will be available on Nov. 15. To date, Sony has announced 23 launch titles, including “Knack,” “Killzone Shadow Fall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and “Battlefield 4.” Sony recently added “Warframe,” “Super Motherload” and “DC Universe Online” to their list of games that will be available at launch, and will add more games when confirmed.

According to Sony, fans should expect to find the “PS4 system with a 500GB hard drive, a DualShock 4 wireless controller, a micro-USB cable for charging the Dualshock 4 controller, a Mono-headset for voice chat, a power cable (1.5m), and an HDMI cable (2.0m),” inside the box. The PS4 will not support an external hard drive which could prove troubling down the line as all PS4 games must be downloaded to the HDD.

After plugging in your PS4, users will need to download a system software update, version 1.50, which will add features such as remote play, live streaming of gameplay footage, background downloading, a party chat system and online multiplayer. Sony will release additional features through scheduled software updates.

Kotaku points out some features that won’t be available when users first interact with the PS4, music streaming is only capable through Sony’s Music Unlimited subscription while the suspend/resume and wireless headphone support features will be included in a future update, but points out that most of the experience will be about registering and testing out the new system.

For many, the first day with the PS4 will be about downloading the system update, setting up the various new accounts, getting comfortable the DualShock 4 controller, trying out a game or two and maybe trying out the gameplay streaming feature, which automatically records the last 15 minutes of gameplay and can be edited on the console.

Sony plans to update the FAQ prior to launch, in an attempt to give feedback to eager fans. While the first reviews of the PS4 and the launch titles have yet to be released, some gamers expressed concern about the PS4 launch titles, especially after the announcement that “Watchdogs” was delayed. But, there are plenty of games scheduled to be released the week after the PS4 and throughout the remainder of 2013.

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