With the release of PlayStation’s 3.50 update on the 6th April, there are a host of new feature included, so what does that mean for you?

Appear offline

This addition does exactly what you would expect it to, you now have the ability to appear offline. This option is turned on and off in your profile or via the log in screen. If you decide you wish to appear offline that setting will stay on even if you log out and log back in again, meaning you don’t have to turn it on every time you wish to be left in peace. One thing that will however make you appear online again without you manually changing the setting is signing in via the PS Vita or PS3.

Appear Offline

Friend online notification

This update is self-explanatory you get a notification as to when you friends are online, this can be tailored so that you get notified as to when certain friends are online, just some of them or none of them. Another feature that has been updated is the messaging notification. The update applied for this means, when you receive a message you also get to see the first few words of the message so that you can see short replies without having to interrupt your gameplay. When the notification is on screen pressing the PlayStation button on the Dualshock will take you to that player’s profile

Friend Online Notification

Sharing is caring

First addition to sharing is that you are now able to share other people’s achievements that you see in you news feed. Also you can now tag friends when you share a screenshot or gameplay footage. When you share it and tag friends if they have their accounts linked and permission checked then the tag will carried over to both Twitter and Facebook.

Create user scheduled events

This is an easy way for you to a create events to play a certain game at a certain time. The invite can be sent to friends, message groups and even communities. Up to 8 players can register for the event and join the party it creates before you begin gaming.

User Scheduled Event 3 User Scheduled Event 2

Play Together

This makes it easier for you to invite people to the game you want to play faster. The Play together button has been added to the party screen, you are able to see the other games people are playing from the same screen and launch the game you want to play before inviting other party members in. If you have no friends online or you want to find new people to play games with you can send invites to communities, this will appear in the now playing tab of the community, you can set the player limit and then press the play together button to start the game.

Play Together Play Together 2


With this new update it had been made easier for you to find the communities you are interested in, with the addition of filters. You are now able to search using language and time zone. You can now post events in the communities letting member know about up and coming gaming session or streams

Dailymotion joins live streaming

Yes Dailymotion has been added to the live streaming services allowing you to stream to the site in the same way that you would with Twitch, Ustream and YouTube.

PSN for Teens

Teens can now create account for PSN with limited functions. But the most important part of this update is that this allows then to play offline without having to wait for a sub account to be created by an adult first. These accounts can then be managed with parental consent having to be acquired before unlocking full functionality

Remote play (PC & Mac)

This is like pre-existing remote play for the PS4 but now it is available for PC and Mac this gives you the freedom to play PlayStation via a local network or via an internet connection. This gives you the freedom to use you PlayStation whenever and where ever you like all you need is the remote play app Available on the PlayStation website (HERE) and a USB to connect your dualshock 4 controller.

Remote Play (PC and Mac)

System requirements

Windows PC

  • Operating System
  • Windows 8.1 (32 or 64-bit)
  • Windows 10 (32 or 64-bit)
  • Intel core i5-560M Processor 2.67GHz or faster (AMD FX series)
  • 100MB or more available storage
  • 2GB RAM or more
  • 1024 x 768 Display resolution or better
  • Sound card
  • USB port


  • Operating System
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS x El Capitan
  • Intel Core-i5-520 Processor 2.40 GHz or faster
  • 40MB or more available storage
  • 2GB RAM or more
  • USB port

Hopefully PlayStation will expand this to accommodate Windows 7 but there is no news on that just yet.

Finally a few other improvements include the addition of the USB music player, yes it’s back and this allows you to store music on a USB and then play the songs you want while you game. Next is addition of the PSN status checker this can be used if you are having a few troubles getting online, it will give you a better idea of what might be the problem. Another addition is an improvement to PlayStation plus you get to manage you online storage and you get to see other players that play the same game as you in the My Games section and for new players to PlayStation plus there is a handy little welcome tour.

So that was a rundown of the new updates included in 3.50. this update went live on the 6th April and to install it go to your notifications and there you should see a message that it has downloaded and all you need to do is click that message and click install, it should take no longer than 5 minutes.

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