New PlayStation Features and a Partnership with Xbox?

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In a recent update which has now been leaked, it appears that some significant features could be heading towards PlayStation consoles in the near future.

It appears that there are some exciting changes which are being planned for the next major PS4 overhaul.

Similar to the PSN name change that we’ve been treated to recently, Sony are trying to up their game and make their PlayStation Network (PSN) more appealing to fans by making it a more enticing package in general. This is done by offering new features such as backwards compatibility, which is due with the arrival of the PS5.

According to the leak, PS4 gamers could soon have the option of gifting games to their friends.

According to Twitter user, Tidux, who has a seemingly good record when it comes to giving accurate information on PlayStation leaks, the new update will be part of the next big console update.

Another feature which is due to come is trophy progression and the ability to pin games to your dashboard. This is due to arrive along with a time log which will track all of your games.

While all of the updates would prove popular with fans, they’ve yet to be confirmed by Sony so I wouldn’t take the words as gospel just yet. Even if the features do materialise, it’s believed that they will come with limitations so it’s unlikely that they’ll work exactly how we imagine them, at least not right away.

Like with the PSN name change process, it’s possible that the new game gifting system will come with strict rules which are designed to prevent people exploiting the service.

Sony has gone on record previously to say how important their service packages are to their overall business outlook, so by giving fans a new way to spend their money, it will make their efforts fruitful if you do come into fruition.

Furthermore, our business in this domain holds significant importance as our growth driver going forward. At the time, the industry is relentlessly fast-moving, and to remain the market leader, we must constantly evolve ourselves with a sense of urgency.”

This news follows the shock announcement of a new partnership between Microsoft and PlayStation in connection to cloud gaming. Details have remained vague so far on the new deal between the two, however, it will be connected to new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences.

In an announcement, Microsoft stated:

“Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft’s Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.

“In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure data-centre based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services.”

Google Stadia, the new streaming service by the internet search giant, looks to have played an important role in the formation of this new partnership.

While the news is certainly exciting, fans will have to wait for more information of the new partnership between the console rivals and exactly what this can mean for the PS5 and Xbox Two in the future.

Sony are also looking to improve their PlayStation VR experience with new hardware improvements.

Hints have been dropped by Sony which leads us to believe that they are planning on releasing a new headset, although it’s believed that their current model will still continue to work on the PS5.

A new Sony VR patent filed within the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) could provide us with clues as to what might be improving in the upcoming headset. The request is connected to enabling players wearing the headset to remain more aware of their surroundings. This is in connection with the head mounted display being able to detect voices around the players.

This would involve notifications being sent, telling the player that they’re being spoken to. Further options also include being able to pause the game and check the room using the external facing camera.

There is no guarantee at this time that the patent will ever be used, but it’s a feature which would definitely prove popular with fans of VR.

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