PlayStation 4 ‘Ultimate FAQ’ now available
posted on 10.30.13 at 01:27 PM EST by (@salromano)
All the new information from Sony's mega FAQ.

Sony has posted a PlayStation 4 ‘Ultimate FAQ’ on the PlayStation Blog.

Here’s all the new information we’ve gathered:

  • All PlayStation 4 Blu-ray Disc games must be cached to the hard drive to ensure a smooth gaming experience. However, certain titles may not require you to wait for the game data to be fully cached before starting gameplay. In order to start playing disc-based games, users will need to insert the game disc into PlayStation 4 just like on PlayStation 3.
  • You will need to download and install PlayStation 4’s day-one system software update 1.50, and then activate your Blu-ray Disc video capability with a one-time activation through the internet in order to play Blu-ray Disc films and DVD video content. If you are not able or don’t want to connect your PlayStation 4 to the internet, you can call SCEA and request a Blu-ray activation disc.
  • You can install the 1.50 day one update via a USB stick.
  • The following PlayStation 4 features have been announced, but won’t be available at launch in North America: share controller via the internet to assist a friend, suspend/resume mode, wireless stereo headsets support for a wireless stereo headset, Pulse wired stereo headset, and Pulse wireless stereo headset elite edition.
  • You cannot change your online ID on PlayStation 4.
  • Sub-accounts work exactly like they do on PlayStation 3. In the case of a child, they cannot be changed to master accounts once the child is past the age of 18.
  • PlayStation 4’s GUI is called the “PlayStation Dynamic Menu.” It will not support dynamic themes as they currently exist on PlayStation 3.
  • You’ll be able to filter notifications, including messages, friend requests, Trophies, download status, and more.
  • PlayStation 4 does not support client functionality for media servers.
  • System software updates and game patches will be automatically downloaded for all users. PlayStation Plus members have the benefit of having those downloads happen while the system is in standby mode.
  • You can access your digital game collection from any PlayStation 4. You can only log on to one other console, outside of your “Primary” console, at a time. Once you log out on the other console, your content is no longer available on that system.
  • A maximum of four users can be simultaenously logged onto one PlayStation 4. Multiple users, however, cannot make user of the automatic Trophy sync and Push Download services.
  • The PlayStation 4 comes with a webkit-based web browser, which is faster and more compatible than the PlayStation 3 browser.
  • It takes about two hours to fully charge a DualShock 4. Its battery life is similar to that of DualShock 3. They can be charged while the system is in standby, as well.
  • It is possible to output all of a game’s audio through the DualShock 4’s 3.5mm headset jack.
  • PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users can communicate with each other through text chat.
  • Cross-game party chat supports up to eight users and works across PlayStation 4 and PS Vita.
  • PlayStation 4 users can send 15 second voice messages to each other.
  • You cannot remote play on PS Vita via 3G.
  • PlayStation 4 supports up to 16 local accounts in addition to temporary guest accounts.
  • PlayStation Plus is only required for online multiplayer. All other online services are free.
  • PlayStation 4 does not support MP3s. You can play background music while you play games, but only through the Music Unlimited streaming service.
  • Developers can select certain areas of a game to restrict gameplay recording.
  • You can store your gameplay videos on your PlayStation 4’s internal hard drive. At launch, you will not be able to directly copy recorded gameplay video files from PlayStation 4 to other devices, like PC. This function will be supported by a future system update.
  • You can’t add voice overs to a shared video clip, but you can speak in real time when streaming live video.
  • At this time, livestreams will not be archived for further viewing on Ustream. Users can archive their livestreams on Twitch by presetting via PC.
  • At launch, gameplay videos can only be shared via YouTube, or live streaming on Ustream or Twitch. YouTube is currently not supported.
  • PlayStation 4 will allow the use of external HDMI-based capture devices following an upcoming system software update.
  • You won’t be forced to register your picture or social media accounts.

PlayStation 4 launches November 15.

Update: Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has responded to concerns over MP3 and DLNA support.

“Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4,” Yoshida said on Twitter. “I’ll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration.”

  • rockman29

    That is by far and away…. the most comprehensive detailing of a console details for launch.

    Absolutely fantastic. And voluntary, no less. Seriously… I’m kind of amazed… that is an excellent resource.

    Very impressed. Thanks for the link.

  • BossTuff

    Can I listen to audio CDs using PS4?
    No, PS4 does not support audio CDs.

    That’s weird, I wonder why? Genuinely curious.

    • Elvick

      I’m curious too. It seems like something to just have. I doubt it costs much, if anything really, to have it there.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Little disappointed by a few things. Mainly:

    – We can play background music via Music Unlimited, but MP3s are not supported.

    – Can’t change PSN ID.

    – Can save recorded videos to HDD, but can’t move them to other devices.

    – No YouTube uploads. Yet, maybe. Who knows. Would be nice to know if they’re working on getting that in, though.

    • BossTuff

      This is also interesting:

      Are users able to record, distribute or stream any gameplay video?

      No. Users may not be able to record certain areas within the game. Developers can select the area of restriction, and what will be restricted will depend on game titles. In these cases, recording will be temporarily suspended during the scene.

      • GhostNomad

        I actually kinda like that. Means that your FB feed won’t be spammed with spoilers since I’m guessing those are the scenes that devs would restrict.

      • Elvick

        That probably won’t make a bit of difference.

        The same option is there to block screenshots on PS Vita, but hardly any developer blocks them. And I think the only reason any did do it was because at the time the Vita’s inputs wouldn’t work while it was saving.

        Then again, companies that don’t like LP’s will probably be all over blocking this stuff.

    • Elvick

      Games on PS3 have YouTube uploading in them, so hopefully it’ll be added to it.

      Noby Noby Boy comes to mind. I know there are other ones.

    • PrinceHeir

      so wait you can’t move your recorded gameplay out of your HDD?

      so how the hell can you upload those on other sites?

      can’t change PSN ID? wtf Japan HAD this for YEARS now. how the hell its still not here.

      and bummer about the no MP3 playback(does it support FLAC?)

      i love listening to Fist of the North Star Ken’s Rage 2 OST in my Tekken Tag 2 game!!!

      and for racing games and future fighting games, come on sony wtf are you doing!!?!?!

      and also no custom wallpaper backgrounds :(

      Sony NEEDS to patch all of this in the near future.

  • bloodiOS

    Let’s see…
    I still don’t know what the clock speed for the CPU is or whether or not it’ll support SATA III, nice… And so all games required installation on the HDD and it seems like not all titles will support background install?! Dafuq?! “Cache” my ass! It’s just a goddamn full-disc install with no guarantee that all titles will do that in the background, huh? My sides, it’s like waiting through those mandatory installs all over again! I don’t care if it’s a 6x speed drive, for those huge 50GB, it’ll take a freaking half an hour to complete. And no CD support?! What in the hell am I reading here?!

    • GhostNomad

      I hear ya. Not too thrilled about the possibility of sitting through a 30GB+ mandatory install. And having to only use MU for music is kind of a shit deal, so let’s hope they change that. It’s not all that bad because I can still make playlists in MU but a lot of the music I like is from old OSTs >.>

  • Ryudrake

    So according to the list of devices that can work on ps4. It says that Bluetooth headsets don’t work. That most likely means my Sony PS3 headset won’t work. That’s a shame…I really liked it.

  • GhostNomad

    “PS4 is equipped with a 5400 RPM SATA II hard drive. Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB.”

    Am I reading this wrong or are we stuck with a 5400RPM drive even if we choose to upgrade?

    • BossTuff

      I think it means SATA II. They’re currently checking into SATA III though. The system shouldn’t give a crap about the drive speed, unless they’re concerned with vibration issues, which I don’t think would even be an issue.

    • bloodiOS

      Standards:
      • 9.5mm
      • >160GB

      5400rpm SATA II is just the specs of the stock HDD.

      • GhostNomad

        Could very well be overthinking it but the language seemed a bit unclear. “Users can choose to install a new hard drive so long as it complies with these standards(5400RPM SATA II), is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB”.

        Your way would’ve been “….. so long as it complies with the following standards: (list)”.

        So yeah, maybe I’m just reading it wrong, maybe they could’ve picked a few words differently, maybe I need to find something better to do :D

        • bloodiOS

          Here’s a hint: standards sit on an entirely different sentence ;)

          • GhostNomad

            Shut up Annie.

            *steals Annie’s gear and does the naked Spider-man out of the building*

            • bloodiOS

              Oh my, was I too cheeky for you?
              xD

              • GhostNomad

                No, but as a smartass I know better than to argue with a smartass. All the more so when I seem to have left my brain at my buddy’s wedding last weekend and am therefore not properly equipped for a battle of wits!

                • bloodiOS

                  I actually was driving while replying to you so it didn’t exactly turn out as graceful as I envisioned it, not when 70% of my attention is on the street.

                  • GhostNomad

                    Annie, put the phone down. DRIVE PROPERLY! Or at least be cool like me and use voice recognition to talk to your phone instead of typing :D

                    BE A SAFE DRIVER!

                    But again, glass houses <.<

        • Lelouch Vi Britannia

          if we are limited to 5400 RPM HDD’s that will suck.

          • LordKaiser

            The fact that is only weak cheap SATA II worries me more. Why do they added obsolete technology on it? And they want to cash game data with it. I hope the intterface is SATA iii AT LEAST

            • bloodiOS

              They probably just want to save cost as much as possible, given that only SSD would be able to effectively saturate SATA II and benefit from SATA III anyway. Even for 7200rpm laptop drives, SATA II is about as far as they can stretch. Not that it makes limiting the options, for those who can afford better, any less ugly though.

              • LordKaiser

                Many wanted to hook a SSD on it…

                • bloodiOS

                  Price is still a concerned for masses though… and those next-gen game sizes don’t help. I mean, I know it sucks and all but at least if we plug in an SSD, it’ll still be significant faster than HDD anyway. I’m sticking with SSHD for time being though.

                  • LordKaiser

                    I know people that would spend 1k for the OCZ Octane or equivalent to put on the PS4. But what the hell, the console is already made even way before we even knew about it.

    • DarthBrian

      PS3 manual I think says 5400rpm for their drives too, but I have friends who used 7200rpm drives and they worked fine.

    • LordKaiser

      They had to fk something up won’t they?

  • DesmaX

    “PlayStation 4 does not support MP3s. You can play background music
    while you play games, but only through the Music Unlimited streaming
    service.”


    EDIT: Well, this is bullshit. Nothing interessing in this MU

  • DarthBrian

    It won’t play mp3’s. oh noes! pre-order canceled!!!

    • BossTuff

      It’s not just that, in order to play any music on there you need a music unlimited sub. Good job glossing over that fact though.

      • DarthBrian

        When am I going to listen to this music? While I’m playing a game? While I’m watching Netflix? How often am I even going to use that feature? Know how often I listen to mp3’s on PS3? Maybe twice in the last 6 years. Not a big deal to me.

        But yes, it does seem silly to not support mp3’s. However, I think people are over-reacting a bit.

        (full disclosure I don’t have Netflix.)

    • Elvick

      It’s pretty dumb it doesn’t though.

      It’s obviously them trying to push Music Unlimited. Which is some b/s. I have no problems with MU, but removing the option to play local music files in game and only being able to use MU is bullshit.

      • DarthBrian

        Music Unlimited is a decent service at least. With it I was able to play the new Daft Punk on my computer (my CD version was in my car stereo at the time) while I was doing some other stuff around the house. Wasn’t using it on my PS3 because I didn’t want to turn on my TV. So I don’t think I’ve actually used it on my PS3 even once. hmmm…

        Anyway, the only reason I’m currently subscribed is because they offered it for like $5 for a year or whatever. I think it’s worth that. :p

        • Elvick

          Don’t get me wrong, I like Music Unlimited (though think the normal subscription fee is too much) but they shouldn’t be doing stuff like this to try and force feed it to us.

          • DarthBrian

            At least it doesn’t require PSN+ to use the service amirite? :p

            Though perhaps it should be free with a PSN+ subscription. or PSN+ get a discount. Something *shrug*

            • Elvick

              A discount would be great tbh. :P I’d like to keep my sub, but it’s just too much. I had it pre-$5 sale or w/e it was, and was going to cancel it.

              The only reason I still have one is because of that amazing deal.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    i barely ever used background music as not many PS3 titles allowed for custom soundtrack. I’ll just use my iphone and plug it into my speakers and there we go. Problem solved. I have no need for Music unlimited. It doesn’t have JROCK, Anime, or video game music.

  • Guest

    I’ll put my real name ID on PS4 when I get the console. However i’ll not tolerate for 1 second the annoying 12 year old who tries to have me accept his friend request. I don’t hate kids, but i don’t want to deal with little brats that think their Sh*t don’t stink.

  • Alkhan

    A lot of the games I play have great soundtracks so the music unlimited thing doesn’t bother me at all.

    Although I fully understand why some people are upset about it.

  • GhostNomad

    On another note,

    It is possible to output all of a game’s audio through the DualShock 4′s 3.5mm headset jack.

    That’s pretty freaking awesome. Plug in my headset, mute the TV, play as loud as I want without disturbing people around me!

    Especially useful when I’m playing those JRPGs.

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      agreed. gotta love JRPG soundtracks from “Nobuo Uematsu”, and “Motoi Sakuraba”(Star Ocean, Golden Sun, Tales of) just to name a few. Oops forgot
      “Yasunori Mitsuda”(Chrono Trigger,Xenogears,Chrono Cross,XenoSaga Episode I, and XenoBlade Chronicles).
      “Yoko Shimomura”(Kingdom Hearts series,Parasite Eve, Xenoblade Chronicles).

      I know my Video game music artists.

      • BigDix

        Ya want a biscuit?

    • Kobracon

      those JRPGs huh?

      We talking stuff like Neptunia, Fairy Fencer F, Ar Tonelico Qoga and the like ;P

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I look forward to getting a PS4. regardless though I still find that MP3’s not having playback is a bit sad. I’m not gonna cry over it. Instead i’ll bear it, and move on. I just hope that Youtube video streaming will be available later on. thank goodness i also have a twitch account. So no sweat for me.

  • BigDix

    No MP3 support… Fucking seriously? It’s one thing to restrict custom soundtracks in-game to Music Unlimited in order to push the service, but the PS4 just straight up can’t play MP3s at all, huh? Not off the HDD, a memory stick, a flash drive, or even to play goddamn CDs. Greatness Awaits all right… 20 years in the past. To the time machine!

  • Kayseur

    No MP3 playback? Hum, not cool since even the Vita can do it, but up to 16 accounts and all of the rest sounds fine. Really hope we’ll get the resume/suspend feature soon, I’m pretty interested in this one. Well I’m not getting the PS4 at launch anyway, they’ve got time to improve the few “problems”.

  • Learii

    sound good to me just 1 thing I don’t understand
    what different between free to play or pay to play on ps4 or xbox one

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Games like DC Universe Online, Warframe, PlanetSide 2, etc. are free to download and free to play, thus do not require PlayStation Plus.

      Games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, you pay money for, thus must pay for PlayStation Plus to play online.

      • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

        So you have to pay to play fighting games online?

      • Learii

        how about deep down or killer instinct

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      thanks Sal ya said it for me.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    While this is a bit off topic.
    Am I the only one waiting for “Ace Combat Infinity”.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Open Forum, brah.

  • bloodiOS

    PS4’s Blu-ray Disc reader operates at a higher speed than the model featured in the PS3 system, and includes a range of Blu-ray Disc sizes.

    Hint for BDXL?

    • LordKaiser

      I hope

    • LordroL

      if I remember next BD will have 250gb or 500gb (kinda forgot) to support 4000p video in japan 2015-2016

  • LordKaiser

    SATA II ? that’s it? Dissapointing!

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    I can’t believe the sub-account works the same way as the PS3. Faux pas, Sony. Faux pas.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    >PlayStation 4 does not support MP3s. You can play background music while
    you play games, but only through the Music Unlimited streaming service.

    Lame.

    >You can store your gameplay videos on your PlayStation 4′s internal hard
    drive. You will not be able to directly copy recorded gameplay video
    files from PlayStation 4 to other devices, however.

    Also lame.

    >At launch, gameplay videos can only be shared via YouTube, or live
    streaming on Ustream or Twitch. YouTube is currently not supported.

    Is or isn’t Youtube supported? Make up your mind.

    >PlayStation 4 will allow the use of external HDMI-based capture devices following an upcoming system software update.

    Well, at least my HD PVR will still get some use then.

    • $18114340

      I think they were referring to live streaming on YouTube not being supported. Recorded video should be fine.

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    I think other than Twitch and Ustream they should have tapped NicoNicoDouga for streaming. Hell, Vita has an NND app, why cant PS3 and PS4?

    On playing mp3s, I really don’t care. I don’t play shooters with bland music. In-game BGM is fine with me, and I really don’t use my PS3 as a boombox.

  • Peacenutman

    A bit disappointed about no CD and MP3, I mean I use my PS3 to play my CDs and MP3s along with surround sounds sometimes.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Just an update guys:

    You can store your gameplay videos on your PlayStation 4′s internal hard drive. You will not be able to directly copy recorded gameplay video files from PlayStation 4 to other devices, however.

    Is now:

    You can store your gameplay videos on your PlayStation 4’s internal hard drive. At launch, you will not be able to directly copy recorded gameplay video files from PlayStation 4 to other devices, like PC. This function will be supported by a future system update.

    Totally missed that last sentence when I was reading it. I’m le happier.

    • PrinceHeir

      man thanks for the update!

      any word on the custom backgrounds and mp3 update as well? :D

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        @yosp: https://twitter.com/yosp/status/395661158205501440

        Thanks for the feedback to the lack of MP3 and DLNA support at the launch of PS4. I’ll share with the PS4 Dev team for future consideration.

        • PrinceHeir

          DLNA?

          • DarthBrian

            Media Server stuff. Was in PS3, but not in PS4, as of now.

  • DrForbidden

    “You will need to download and install PlayStation 4’s day-one system software update 1.50, and then activate your Blu-ray Disc video capability with a one-time activation through the internet in order to play Blu-ray Disc films and DVD video content. If you are not able or don’t want to connect your PlayStation 4 to the internet, you can call SCEA and request a Blu-ray activation disc.”

    Wait… what? Why?

    “System software updates and game patches will be automatically downloaded for all users.”

    So you can’t even hold off on downloading a faulty patch? Brilliant, Sony. Your short-term memory is truly atrocious. Let’s see what happens when one of your patches actually brick users’ PS4 units, like what happened with the PS3 patch few months ago.

    I’m happy with everything else, though, except the lack of dynamic themes. Also, we still lack of confirmation about whether SSDs can be used.

  • Kobracon

    “Developers can select certain areas of a game to restrict gameplay recording.”

    Wait wha??? Great, more hardwork for the “Let’s Play”-ers.

    Everything else sounds alright. The MP3 thing doesn’t bother me cos I never played music with my PS3

  • Invisbin

    Ok I know what I read and I might be I’m complete denial….but there’s like no way to play music off CDs in the background? I can’t copy MP3s into the console and play it through the MU app, or I can’t play them at all?

  • Elvick

    Let’s hope for improvement and inclusion of some MIA features. And let our voices be heard.

    “Had a very good discussion w the PS4 Dev team today. We’re happy & appreciative to learn so many people use and like PS3’s media features.”

    https://twitter.com/yosp/status/395844205215363072