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The next major software release for the PlayStation 4 console, update 3.0, is now available worldwide for users to download. The new update introduces the ability to upload videos natively to Twitter (up to 10 seconds), live stream directly to YouTube (including to YouTube Gaming), and more.

Here’s the full feature lists, announced by Sony:

  • Sharing video clips to Twitter: Now it’s easy to share video clips to Twitter directly from your PS4. You’ll see a new icon on the Upload Video Clip menu, nestled between Facebook and YouTube. Maximum video length is 10 seconds, though you’ll have the ability to trim longer clips. Don’t forget — you can double tap the Share button to start recording a video, and press it again to stop.
  • PlayStation Plus: We’ve made a dedicated section for PlayStation Plus, which you can access by clicking the big Plus icon on the top right corner of your PS4 home screen. Once there you can easily manage your membership, see the monthly free games to download, deals for PS Plus members, and all of the games you’ve redeemed through PS Plus on PS4.
  • YouTube live: You’ll see a new icon for YouTube on the Broadcast Gameplay Screen, accessible after hitting the Share button. Now you can live stream directly from your PS4 to YouTube. Livestreams will be viewable across YouTube.
  • PNG Screenshots: If you’d like your game screenshots to be in a higher quality format, you can now select PNG instead of JPEG. To access, press Share > Share Settings > Screenshot Settings > Image Format.
  • Events: A new hub for Events has been added to PS4, accessible from the home screen. This will give you an overview of activities taking place in the games you play most, as well as official broadcasts. For instance, here’s an in-game racing event taking place in Project Cars, which you can register for directly from the Events hub.
  • Improvements to Messages and Favorite Groups: We’ve improved Messages by making it easier to access groups of people you chat and play games with frequently. Once you’re added to or create a group, you’ll see the online status for friends, what games they are playing, and the option to message or chat in party all in one spot. When you add or create a new favorite group, they’ll appear in your Friends app under Favorite Groups for quick access. For example, you can see we have favorite groups for Call of Duty, Rocket League, and Destiny.
  • 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.
  • Stickers: From the PS4 system’s Messages app, you’ll see a new option for Stickers. The 3.00 update will contain stickers themed around Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Knack, LittleBigPlanet 3, Resogun, and more. Instead of typing out a message, just send a sticker — like Drake looking at a watch, asking you to wait a minute.”

SOURCE: PS Blog 

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PlayStation 5: Release Date & Price announced

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In an announcement, the company revealed that the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in select regions, with November 19 launch in the rest of the world.

There are two editions of the PlayStation 5: The PlayStation 5 with Blu-Ray Disc Tray and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. There are no differences between the editions beyond the disc tray.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

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Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information. PlayStation 5 accessories include the DualSense Wireless Controller, DualSense Controller Charging Stand, Platinum Headset, and Media Remote.

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Developers have stated online that the fear this could be a potential development hurdle console when games completely switch over to being ‘next-gen’ only developed. Right now, majority of 3rd party devs are making games for the PC, PS4, Xbox One family, alongside Xbox Series X, S, and PS5.

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Treyarch has not stated what the performance will be like for the Xbox Series S console.

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In an announcement, the company revealed that the Xbox Series S & X will launch on November 10.

There are two editions of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Digital Edition.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

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Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information.

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