Sony has announced a software update for the PS4. It's called version 3.50.

With this major update to the system, you will be able to play games remotely through a PC or a Mac. You'll also be able to appear offline from now on so that you can concentrate on a game or something without interruption. These are just a few of the new features included.

In fact, Pocket-lint has singled out six features in total that'll make you want to grab the latest software as soon as it becomes available on 6 April. We've also added a video from Sony PlayStation that gives a complete overview or summary of the 3.50 update.

Remote Play from PC and Mac

Sony has expanded Remote Play capabilities to the PC and Mac. Remote Play is a feature that lets the PlayStation 4 send audio and video to a peripheral device, such as the PlayStation Vita, the PlayStation TV set-top box, select Sony smartphones and tablets, and now Macs and PCs.

Remote Play is compatible with machines running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or later, OS X 10.10, and OS X 10.11 You can use a Dualshock 4 as the controller for Remote Play, and you will be able to select from the following resolution and frame rate options:

  • Resolution options: 360p, 540p, 720p
  • Default resolution – 540p
  • Frame rate : Standard (30fps), High (60fps)
  • Default frame rate – Standard (30fps)

Choose to appear offline

Under your Profile tab, Quick Menu and login screen, there is a new Online Status option where you can choose to appear offline. As Sony pointed out, doing so will allow you to "fully concentrate on your game or watch a movie" without interruption.

Get notified when friends come online

You can now receive notifications when your friends come online. Just go to your Friends profile, press Options, and select Notify When Online. You can also manager your entire Friends list at once via Settings > Notifications.

Schedule gameplay sessions with friends

Under Events tab, you can now schedule gameplay sessions with your friends. Just select Create Event and send an invitation. You'll need to choose the day, time, and game, and then you can send it to individual friends or group. Anyone who is registered will automatically be added to a party once the date and time of the event arrives. The event can also be shared with a community.

This feature, called User Scheduled Events, can be created in the PS App too.

PS app update

Speaking of the PS app, Sony is rolling out system software update 3.50 for the PlayStation App as well. It'll bring these new features:

  • User Scheduled Event – Schedule gameplay sessions with your friends
  • Broadcast - Dailymotion has been added to Live from PlayStation
  • Shared activity - Other players’ shared activities appear in your activities

Teens can create accounts

Anyone between 13 and 17 years old can now create their own account and start playing in offline mode (until parents approve the account and complete the parental control set up, according to Sony).