Yes folks, there will be a patch made available for Sony's
upcoming PlayStation 4
console the moment it's released next month
, and it's a pretty big one at 300MB. Though the last thing you want to do when you unbox a new console is sit around and wait for software updates to be installed, this one looks to be well worth it.
The 300MB patch (version 1.50) will introduce a bevy of new features and enable several existing ones, not the least of which is online multiplayer. PlayStation Plus members will be able to play PS4 titles online with other players via the network, and according to Sony, it will be easy to join a game from a live stream broadcast or Party voice chat.
Another nice addition is the ability to play supported digital files as they're being downloaded. The time it takes before you can jump into a partially downloaded title will vary depending on game data size and network environments, and not all titles will support the feature, but the ones that do will allow you to get in the game sooner than what would otherwise be possible.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Other features the patch will introduce, some of which we've outlined before
, include the ability to broadcast and speculate gameplay, multiple log-ins (a maximum of four users can log into a single PS4 system simultaneously), face recognition and voice commands, background music player, and support for Blu-ray and DVDs (when using for the first time, you have to connect to the Internet to activate this feature, Sony says).