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The PlayStation 4 launches in exactly three weeks, but prospective owners should know that not all of the consoleís basic functionality is available right out of the box. There will be a software update waiting for you the first time you take your console online and that update is required to play DVDs and Blu-Rays, as well as use the Remote Play feature, play games as theyíre downloading, record and upload gaming footage, and use voice chat.

When I first read about this, I brushed it off as no big deal because broadband Internet connections are so commonplace these days, especially among gamers. Then I realized I was adopting the same mindset that got Microsoft Game Director Adam Orth in hot water when talking about the Xbox Oneís always online policy. Not everyone has a stable Internet connection and to some the 300MB update might be something of an ordeal.

I donít know enough about game development to say whether or not this day-one update couldíve been avoided, but Iím sure itís frustrating to some that the news is just coming out now after so many have already pre-ordered the console.

Via PlayStation Blog

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