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PS4 requires software update to play Blu-rays/DVDs, enable Remote Play

Those snapping up a Sony PS4 console when it arrives in the UK on November 29 will have a pretty important software update waiting for them when they hook the console to the internet.

Without the 300MB PS4 System Software Update 1.50 new console owners won’t be able to play Blu-rays or DVDs, neither will they be able to make use of the Remote Play feature (if they also have a PS Vita), or play games online.

The download, will also enable users to play games as they’re downloading them from the PlayStation Store, all them to record their games, take screenshots and upload them as well as broadcasting the action live onto the web.

Sony’s update also enables voice commodes and facial recognition as well as the background music player which allows tracks from Music Unlimited to be used mid-game.

Other features activated when the download is installed is the Party Voice Chat feature that allows 8 friends to chat over an app or game, while multiple logins also come into play.

So for those desperate to tear open the box and fire up their PS4, they’ll need a little patience in order to enjoy it to the fullest, as without this update, the console is pretty much a shell.

300MB though? That shouldn’t take longer than about 10 minutes if you’re on a semi-decent internet connection.

The update lands on launch day in the US, November 15, so it can only be assumed that us Brits will also have to download it too as soon as we get a hold of the console.

Via PlayStation Blog

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