PS4 Day One Update New Details: Game Discs Don’t Have it, Dev Kits Identical to Retail Units and More

Kenny Linder talks about PS4’s Day One update (along with the Xbox One’s update).

Posted By | On 10th, Nov. 2013 Under News

Kenny Linder, who was previously a part of Sony UK’s recently shuttered BigBig Studios and who is now working on a launch title for both next gen consoles, has revealed some new details on the upcoming Day One update for the PlayStation 4. He also discussed just why the Xbox One will require its Day One update.

Apparently, the Day One update won’t be on any game discs. “I worked on a launch game for Xbox One (and PS4) and there is no FW [firmware] update on our disc. The game was finished before the FW, they will still be finishing up with it.” He further clarified that the update is not on any game discs because, “they are submitted before the final OS is ready.”

Linder also answered the question as to whether the dev kits were the same as the retail units. “Yep, identical. The devkits don’t even have any more RAM than retail consoles, most unusual.” Does that mean retail PS4 units can act as debug units like the Xbox One? We’ll have to wait and see but you can rest assured that the graphical performance of games is identical between the dev kits and retail units.

As stated, the Xbox One will require its Day One update and can’t do much of anything without it (according to Albert Penello). There still seems to be some confusion regarding it, and Linder took the time to say that, “The Xbox One does not ship with an OS. The end.” So there’s your reason for why it requires the update. Intriguing and confusing at the same time.

Finally, Linder clarified that Microsoft would work hard to ensure that the Day One update’s set-up process is smooth – unlike, say, the Wii U’s set-up. “The Wii U was shit at launch because of: Wi-Fi issues – took many users a long time to set up as it was broken; On-screen notifications – Telling you it had downloaded, how much, time outs etc. Crap; Download speed – Awful speeds meant it took forever.

“The same won’t be the case with the Xbox One. MS are a software company and they’ll be working hard to ensure this is a smooth process. I am actually more concerned that PSN will fall apart when I am downloading the 300 MB update. :D”

The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in North America and November 29th in Europe, while the Xbox One launches on November 22nd across 13 territories.

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  • MrGarry2u

    You can request a disc version of the update. Sony said so when people asked about non-internet households.

    • Mark cerny

      Yeah thats what i think too, any think else you want to tell us sony ffs

    • Maestro

      Niiiice. The ps4 was ‘win’ because of……

    • Guest

      $0N¥ = lies, overhype and underdeliver.

    • bigevilworldwide

      Wow you really are just a simple creature aren’t you…..While Nobody thinks Sony never lies…They never lie on the level of Micro$haft you fucking idiot, who was it that knowingly released a broken defective console on to the market in 2006 with a stunningly embarrassing 55% failure rate? Oh yeah Micro$hit

    • You


    • is that so.
      just wait till 2015 when they start to remove other features on PS4..then you will know that Sony are just sly like the rest of the companies.

    • Clate

      lol if Sony underdelivers than MS really really underdelivers because Sony is the best in the industry by a mile

    • hakesterman

      Really, That’s the kind of Nonsense you got to post? Who’s the Under Deliver, that would be MS$$$, their console can’t do anything higher than 720P Resolution without upscaling technologhy. Plus MS$$$ went with old DDR3 Memory and is charging $ 100.00 more for their Garbage. Sad, Very Very Sad.

    • Dakan45

      oh noes old DDR3 why did they use DDR3? because its cheap right? WRONG x360 had GDDR3 back in 2005, they use ddr3 to eliminate cpu bottlenecks and relly on ESRAM.

    • hakesterman

      MS$$$ used DDR3 Memory because they choose profit over Performance.

    • Dakan45

      how so? X360 had GDDR5 back in 2005, ps3 was gonna lauch without cpu. GDDR5 bottlenecks the gpu, so they used DDR3 since the memory controllers are on the cpu, the problem is the gpu NOT the ram.

    • hakesterman

      Xbox360 has never had GDDR5 Memory, it wasn’t introduced till 2008. Here is the Wiki link. The Xbox360 has 512 Meg’s of DDR3 Ram, here is the link for that. Please read both from top to bottom before sending me more false Info. Good Day!

    • Dakan45

      I facepalmed so fucking hart.



    • hakesterman

      You said GDDR5 Memory bottlenecks the GPU, that is a lie you fucking Gaytard. GDDR5 is newer faster memory than DDR3, The new high end graphic cards all use GDDR5 memory cause it’s much faster than DDR3. So pull your Dad’s Dick out of your Fuck Hole and pay attention GayTard.

    • Dakan45

      No i said GDDR5 bottlenecks the cpu.

      DDR3 is actually faster than GDDR5 for cpu lalculations due to latency. But a console faggot woudlnt know that.

    • PCisforFags

      Doesn’t matter, your statement is both quite ignorant and irrelavent because CPU’s and ram were configured much differently back then.

      Compare schematics from then and now and you will realize the truth.

    • Dakan45

      Sorry cant argue with retarded trolls

    • PCisforFags

      Evrryone, Ignore the troll we know as Dakan45, he has 9 different accounts. He was banned from N4G and a number of other sites. He always has something ignorant to say and no one can evee have an opinion because he is always right *facepalm*

    • Dakan45

      Hi dan faggot, i never had a n4g acount and i have not been banned from any site, yes my opinion is correcty, why dont you post some more irrelevant bf4 videos dipshit.

  • Escopablobar

    I hope the PS4 update goes smoothly. The only good thing is it is not necessary to play games out of the box. If the servers are taxed, play a game while it downloads in the background.

    • Guest

      It won’t. It’s $0N¥ PauperStation.

    • quinten488

      Download it on a PC and install it from a flashdrive

    • Escopablobar

      You are correct. I forgot about that. I also read that the update may be available before launch this Friday.

  • Morris ヅ

    im sure MSFT will send people a Update on a disc or download the FW to a usb stick , if you aint got internet then ur F’ed really lol.

    • bigevilworldwide

      I don’t think Microsoft has a download anything to a usb stick option…..Sony does but they haven’t put it up yet IF they are even going to. It would be smart though

    • Morris ヅ

      there going to need a solution for it tho

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    • Eric Louvros

      Dun get why this was posted, makes no sense for this article, but yeah…that’s cool.

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  • Mike Greenway

    good info. I like the way it refutes so many assumptions that people have be taking as truths and using as clubs to beat there fellow gamers.

  • dirkradke

    I wonder if they will have some sort of disc you can pay to have shipped like the Windows Service Packs if you’re Internet Connection is throttled or unreliable for large downloads?

  • Hmmm…

  • Guest

    PoSN is going to fall apart alright. It’s $0N¥ PauperStation Foul.

    • bigevilworldwide

      Who the fuck thought Sony Pauperstation sounded cool, clever or Funny. Jesus you Xbots are fucking retarded aren’t you that shit is as dumb if not dumber than the Sony Pony shit that you morons try to use….Grow up

    • RandomUser2yr29387

      I heard crazy people make up their own words.

    • Guest

      Poor pauper, we know it hurts…in your butty.

    • chrisredfield31

      wow, you found a way to vote yourself up. Dumbass. Or should I say, Xpauperbox

    • guest

      Ignore him, just a sad pathetic twisted troll that has multiple accounts to vote himself up.

    • meow

      Silly console peasant. Go back to your under-powered, cheap piece of trash.

    • chrisredfield31

      They really should disable guest commenting cause it’s this same guy I’m seeing after every n4g post I follow.

  • Megaman

    So all sony is demoing is killzone and knack???i just played the xbox at future shop and it was fun….them vibrating triggers got me weak….but after leaving sonys demos at the mall i am worried for them and alot of people was walking away fast and saying i think im going to get the xbox….when i heard almost 30% of people saying that i am worried for the ps4 brand….this is sad

    • Rockarel

      Wow, it was fun you say, and the PS4 is doomed? It’s amazing that you were able to get such a good sample of people for that anecdote, which is surely based in reality!

    • hakesterman

      I highly Doubt that, from everything i have heard Sales are going in favor of Sony, currently selling 3 to 1 in the U.S.

  • waste of time!
    why buy a damn console when you need to download a stupid update?
    yet these fools will continue to support this people so they can ship half ass products not ready yet!

    one thing i hate about 7th gen that devs are abusing is this:
    i wait for a game to be released–> i finally bought the game day of release –> i have to first download a stupid update which are typically 700mb to 2gb –> then i have to bloody install the game that adds another 20mins!!!

    these nonsense must stop!

    • OldSocialist

      But firmware/software updates are the norm in this age of connectivity and smart gadgets. In recent months I have downloaded updates for 360, PS3, my Onkyo AV amplifier and Samsung blu ray and TV. For most, this hasn;t been the first time in an ongoing process of adding functionality and fixing bugs.

      Both the XBO and the PS4 went into manufacture months ago, so their firmwares and software bases are already out of date. In the interim all sorts of things have happened: licensing agreements, UI tweaks, and many of those inevitable bugs have been jumped on. Frankly I’d rather have a fully-functioning up-to-the-minute machine on day one than one which is, in a sense, already out of date.

  • Guest

    Typical $0N¥ PauperStation lies -> the new terms of use FORBID you to resell your games.

    • cheez

      You dum fuck inbreed.


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