PlayStation 4 Getting Folders, UI Refresh In 4.0 Update

PlayStation 4 owners are getting an oft-requested feature in the next system update to the console. Sony announced the details Monday of the 4.0 “Shingen” update that will be coming to beta participants very soon.

The ability to place PS4 games and apps in folders along with better library management has been at the top of the list for owners of the console for some time. Viewing games and apps turned into an exercise of frustration as their number increased and no way of organizing them.

PS4 owners will be able to create folders on the console’s content launcher in the console’s library. This will provide a way for users to collect their favorite games and apps into one place for easier access.

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The Library is also gaining additional functionality as well to make it easier to sort through the multitude of apps and games. PlayStation 4 users will be able to sort content by purchase date or install status, and search for specific games or apps via a text search. But, that is not all.

“We’ve added a new tab called Purchased, which will show all of the content you own — games, applications, demos, and betas you’ve participated in. As a result, the Games and Applications tabs focus on content currently installed on your system. This should help de-clutter your library, and make it faster to find the content you’re looking for,” PlayStation Brand Marketing Vice President John Koller explained.

The overall user interface for the PlayStation 4 will also receive some tweaking, but not an overhaul.

“We’ve made a lot of adjustments and improvements to PS4’s main user interface. That includes some changes you may notice right away, like new system backgrounds and a revised What’s New tab, to smaller changes like updated popup notifications and redesigned system icons,” Koller wrote. “As a whole, it all adds up to a more refined and easy to use UI. The overall look and feel of the UI remains the same — it just has a fresh coat of paint.”

Other tweaks include updating the Quick Menu to make is “faster and easier to use.” This includes shrinking the menu so it only covers up a portion of the screen. New items have been added to the Quick Menu too such as the ability to see friends plus shortcuts for Party, Favorite Groups, and Communities. Sony will also offer the capability to customize the Quick Menu by adding and removing items.

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Similar changes are coming to the PS4’s Share Menu. The menu will take up less of the screen and it will remember the last social network used to share a screenshot or video. The length of video clips shared to Twitter is also being increased from 10 seconds to 140 seconds.

Even Trophies will receive some welcome tweaks with the 4.0 update coming to the PS4. Users will finally be able to view their entire Trophy collection while disconnected from the internet.

Finally, the User Profile will allow users to set a background image to their own profile. This includes screenshots taken in-game. Users can also compare their Trophy progress to a friend via the new update.

Sony promises more features will be coming to the 4.0 update for the PlayStation 4 that won’t appear in the beta. It hasn’t detailed these features yet, but it will be interesting to see if any of it relates to the PlayStation VR headset or the PS4 Neo, which is set to be revealed on September 7.

Those selected to participate in the beta should receive an email containing a voucher code soon.

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