The PS4 System Update 2.0 went live yesterday at 5:00PM, and I was right there to get it on the spot.
It took a few minutes to download (218MB), but I was soon installing it and finding out what was new.
The desktop looked a bit neater; only the top fifteen items showed up, and the rest was tucked away in the Library folder at the end of the row. Some of the details in the various icons were rearranged to look neater as well. I discovered a blue dot and number appearing on the top of the friends icon, and as I suspect, it told me the number of friends online at the time.
Going to check on the new SharePlay features seemed like too much work, so I put that aside for the time being.
I went for the Themes in Settings, but they were still unavailable as of yesterday afternoon, and I just had to settle for changing the color of my desktop.
I chose yellow for the Flow Desktop, but later on changed it to gray.
The other new features were buried deep in there. I enabled YouTube as another of my services (now three; FaceBook and Twitter are the other two) but YouTube as an app was still absent from the PlayStation Store. Maybe it would be available later in the day. There were also two new menu themes in ShareFactory, although I really had no use for them; one was a generic horror theme, and the other was based on The Evil Within.
I made a USB music stick from iTunes, and the icon for USB Music Player popped up immediately on the desktop when I inserted it. The music and the graphics played and appeared flawlessly, but it was playing stuff I normally played on my iMac and iPod, so that novelty was gone as quickly as it arrived.
When I woke up this morning at 6, I went and checked, and sure enough the Themes were there in the store, free. There were five of them, two were based on games (Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare), and three new generic ones: Rectangular, Paper Sculpture and Spiral (which is shown below).
The themes were nice; they even had specific icons to replace the standard ones, and they had nice new sound effects. Tried them all out, and eventually settle for Rectangular, which appealed to my minimalist bent.
The YouTube app was also there in the store, and I downloaded it right away, along with a new free game called Battle Islands.
Strangely enough, now that it’s here, Update 2.0 was actually underwhelming on the whole. I was expecting more, and was thinking I’d spend a whole day exploring its nooks and crannies. But I was done in less than an hour.
Erm. Back to the old grind.