PS4 update 1.70 set for April 30 rollout

PS4 update 1.70 has be dated for release, with Sony confirming the latest console patch will be rolled out next week.

Set to being a range of bug fixes and new features to the Xbox One rival, the PS4 update 1.70 will be available as a free download for PS4 gamers next Wednesday, April 30.

“Heads-up: PS4 firmware update 1.70, inc. SHAREfactory and HDCP Off, goes live on 30th April. More soon,” Sony announced via the official PlayStation Europe Twitter feed.

A sizeable update which will bring new features to gamers, PS4 update 1.70 will introduce the ability to automatically pre-download PS4 games for the first time. With titles to be available days before their general release, those making use of the feature will be able to play the title as soon as they are digitally unlocked on the day of launch.

Another new feature set to be introduced in update 1.70 is the video editor app SHAREfactory. Letting users turn their captured gaming clips into short videos, the SHAREfactory will come with a range of special effects, themes, filters and transitions.

As well as being able to be shared through social networks, gamers will be able to export their videos to USB drives or, thanks to the new HDCP Off features, stream their captured gameplay footage through HDMI using a capture card.

Sony’s latest PS4 update comes just days after the Japanese gaming giant has shifted a staggering 7 million PS4 units during the console’s opening five months on sale. During the same period the rival Xbox One has sold just 5 million consoles to retailers, not gamers.

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