Sony is about to launch the beta test for PlayStation 4's Update 3.0. They've also announced the official list of features coming in the system update.

The leaked features list from last month turned out to be pretty accurate. Update 3.0 is going to allow PS4 users to livestream to YouTube and share short videos via Twitter. New Communities and Event Hubs on PSN will make it easier for players to socialize and participate in special activities, respectively.

However, one of the biggest changes in Update 3.0 wasn't leaked in advance: increased online storage. PlayStation Plus users will have ten times the usual amount of cloud storage and new tools to track their usage. Increased storage is one of the most-requested improvements by the crowd-sourced "Better PSN" website. It's great to see Sony paying attention to that feedback.

Nonetheless, I do wish that Update 3.0 came with other major quality-of-life improvements requested by fans. For example, why can't we still not change our PSN usernames? This seems like a trivial feature for Sony to add. Plus, if they charged a fee for that service like Microsoft and Riot Games do, it would be an easy way for them to make money.

Anyway, here's the full list of key features in Update 3.0, which may change before its official release:
  • Online storage capacity increase — PS4 online storage capacity has increased from 1GB to 10GB for all PS Plus members. In 3.00 system software, you’ll see that we added a handy usage meter to monitor your available storage capacity, and a new Auto-Upload menu has been added to Application Saved Data Management.
  • YouTube live — PS4 owners will be able to livestream gameplay to YouTube. Livestreams will be viewable across YouTube, including on the new YouTube Gaming mobile app and website.
  • Events — A new hub for events has been added, giving an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, you may see an update for a Double XP weekend, a special enemy appearing at a scheduled time, or seasonal events like in-game towns being decorated for the winter. You’ll also receive notifications when the event starts, or if the timing changes.
  • Favorite Groups — Favorite Groups has been added to the Friends app, letting you quickly access groups of people you like to play games with frequently. This will make the process of getting a game session up and running even easier.
  • Communities — PS4 users will have the ability to create communities based around shared interests, like games, genres, and more. Communities include a message board with general discussion, screenshots shared by players, and the ability to join parties / games. If you want to tackle a big multiplayer raid, but don’t have enough friends available, this could be a great way to connect with other players who are looking for the same thing.
  • Sharing video clips to Twitter — Users will have the ability to share video clips directly to Twitter. Maximum video length is 10 seconds, though you’ll have the ability to trim longer clips.
  • Stickers — Tired of typing out messages? With this update, you’ll be able to send stickers to friends through your messages.
  • Now Playing / What’s New — The Now Playing screen will display even more information about what your friends are doing, and you’ll be able to quickly jump into a game, party, request a screen share, or get sent to the PS Store to buy the game your friend is playing – further enhancing the social relationship with your friends online.
  • Live from PlayStation — We’ve improved the Live From PlayStation app, making it easier to view popular trending broadcasts in real time.
  • Request to watch gameplay — Want to view a friend’s gameplay session? Now you can send a ‘Request to Watch’ notification to a player, which will start a live broadcast or Share Play invitation to the person playing.
On PlayStation.Blog, Sony said they've selected a small segment of PS4 owners to test the patch. If you registered for the beta, keep an eye on your email. At any time during the test, you'll be able to roll back your console to the previous update in case it breaks something.

The official release date of Update 3.0 hasn't been announced yet.

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