Take a look at a visual tour of the upcoming major firmware update for the PlayStation 4, get our opinion on the firmware beta

Sony announced via its blog today that firmware 3.00 will launch on the PS4, tomorrow, September 30. A post on the PlayStation Blog has a detailed visual tour of the biggest features in the new update.

SCEA’s Vice President of Platforms Marketing John Koller said in the post today that the beta helped the company in making sure the firmware was up to Sony’s standards.

“We want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone that participated in the beta,” said Koller. “I want you to all know that we’ve listened. Your feedback made this system software update even better. This update is focused on creating new ways to connect with friends and players around the world, expanding the social capabilities of the system even further.”

Among the changes in the new update are the ability to upload video clips to Twitter, YouTube streaming, PlayStation Plus improvements and a hub for all things Plus, a new events hub for keeping up with everything going on in your favorite games, new groups of favorite friends and new improvements to messaging and an increase in cloud storage for PlayStation Plus members, according to the PlayStation Blog.

SCG’s take: I had the opportunity to be a part of the beta, and I must say the new improvements are pretty amazing. A lot of the new features were inaccessible to beta members or only testable between users who were also in the beta.

Of the features I was able to check out, I welcomed all of them, and I think PS4 gamers will be happy with this update. It still doesn’t include the ability to store and enjoy videos, music and photos locally on the PS4’s hard drive, the ability to change one’s PSN username or other highly-requested features, but otherwise, this update features a lot of great improvements.

Let us know what you think of the new firmware once you’ve had the time to download, install and explore the new features. In the meantime, head over to the PlayStation Blog for more information on the new additions in firmware 3.00.

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