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PS4 getting digital pre-loads & beefy DVR editor in next update

Jonathan Lester
PS4, Sony

Microsoft have been busy ironing out the kinks in their new-gen machine over the last few months, but Sony's next PS4 firmware update is set to be a big one. Not only will players have the ability to download their digital games before launch, but the share functionality will be kicked up a notch by way of a fully-featured editing suite.

Update 1.70 will cater for impatient players by implementing PSN pre-loads, which functions much like the service we're used to on Steam. If you pre-order a digital game, you'll be able to download all the files ahead of time, then start playing the second it releases. Though we'd always recommend looking out for physical deals, of course.

The headline act is undoubtledly the DVR footage editor. SHAREfactory is a free tool that lets players cut and trim their gameplay clips, then add stickers, effects, voiceovers and even PiP video commentary if they have the camera peripheral. Custom music can be applied, which is a very nice touch, alongside the ability to export the finished product to a USB stick instead of immediately publishing it into the wild.

Matt is overjoyed that Update 1.70 also removes the frankly silly HDCP encryption - which in plain English means that you'll be able to use a capture box to record gameplay via HDMI footage without resorting to convoluted workarounds. Expect plenty more Youtube coverage!

Still no word on Error CE-34878-0, however, for those of you still suffering. Update 1.70 is "coming soon," so watch this space.

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