Firmware updates won’t be a thing of the past when the PlayStation 4 hits the market, but Sony has confirmed that users will be able to continue playing while the update progresses in the background.
Currently PS3 owners are prevented from using their console while the update is in progress. Speaking to Eurogamer, Sony Worldwide Studios Boss Shuhei Yoshida stated that work is going on, and the current objective is to put firmware updates in the background.
“So there will always be firmware updates, but what we want to achieve is [putting them in the background]. It’s already been done. Like the PS Plus service actually does it, where it’s downloaded but sit doesn’t install. So it’s kind of half-baked.
We wanted to make it so people don’t have to wait for anything. If you have one hour of your time, you want to spend one hour playing games, and that’s our goal.”
Yoshida also pointed out some of the other key features of the PS4 which encourage unhindered experience, such as connection to the internet, which he stated was not mandatory, but recommended.
“The system has the low-power mode – I don’t know the official term – that the main system is shut down but the subsystem is awake. Downloading or updating or you can wake it up using either the tablet, smartphone or PS Vita.”