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PS4 won't let you suspend and resume gameplay at launch

If you want to experience most of the nifty next-gen features Sony flaunted for PS4, you'll need to download a day-one update, according to the PlayStation Blog. The 300 MB patch (mysteriously numbered 1.50) is annoying though not unexpected, but one convenience will remain unavailable even after installing it: suspending and resuming games.

It's meant to make PS4 titles as easy to pick up and put down as a mobile game: you simply suspend the game when you want to take a break for a while, putting the system in a low-power state, and resume it almost instantly when ready to start again.

Don't let that keep you from installing update 1.50, though, unless you don't want to:

  • Remote play with PS Vita
  • Use second screen with PS Vita or PlayStation App on iOS and Android
  • Record video/take screenshots and share them
  • Broadcast and spectate gameplay on Twitch or Ustream
  • Play as you download games
  • Log in with multiple users
  • Voice chat with a party of friends
  • Log in with facial recognition and navigate with voice commands (via PS Camera)
  • Play background music via Music Unlimited
  • Play Blu-ray discs and DVDs
  • Or play online with PS Plus

Sony plans to say more about upcoming PS4 features in the near future.

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11 comments

  • thagama - October 30, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    So if I don't download patch the I cant: Remote play with PS Vita Use second screen with PS Vita or PlayStation App on iOS and Android Record video/take screenshots and share them Broadcast and spectate gameplay on Twitch or Ustream Play as you download games Log in with multiple users Voice chat with a party of friends Log in with facial recognition and navigate with voice commands (via PS Camera) Play background music via Music Unlimited Play Blu-ray discs and DVDs Or play online with PS Plus. I don't even have my Vita,sold it long time ago.I JUST WANT TO PLAY GAMES STUPID F****! I don't care anything else not even stupid social crap!
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 27, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    I sure am glad I have the internet.
  • DatAmazingPanda420 - October 25, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    500 Gb can take a 300 Mb patch.
  • GOD - October 25, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    I'm guessing the reason for this was so that they could start mass producing the physical consoles while they were still finishing up the software features for the console, but considering this is necessary to even play discs, it would've been nice if they just threw into each box a dirt cheap 300MB thumbstick with the patch data on it. That way they could still mass produce the consoles before the software was finished like they did right now, but not make people have to go online and have everyone trying to update their systems at once, and this also is a pain for people who don't have easily accessible internet or data caps. Quick Sony! Use my cheap 300MB thumbstick with patch data idea! There's still time! GR, get in contact with them and let them know. It will increase the cost of production for each console by maybe a dollar.
  • Eightboll812 - October 25, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Or they could tell people who pre-ordered how to pre-download it themselves to their own thumbstick. That would also be nice since you wouldn't be throttled by the other 1 million users downloading the same update at the same time.
  • brickman409 - October 26, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    Yeah, it's going to have the same issue the Wii U had at launch.
  • AqueousBoy - October 28, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    I would have to assume that Sony continues to work on the day one patch even now. They probably won't even call it a wrap until right before launch.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - October 25, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    Wait. The games themselves are on Blu-ray discs. Does that mean that if you don't download the update you won't be able to play any games?
  • ObliqueZombie - October 25, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    I think it just means movies. Surely no company would be THAT silly... I hope.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - October 25, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    What if Sony had planned to limit used games like Microsoft but then quietly squashed that plan after the Xbox One backlash, and now this day one update is to remove used game restrictions like the Xbox One day one update
  • KA87 - October 25, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    Oh no, now no one will buy a PS4 and Microsoft will own this generation. :)

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