PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 launched yesterday and on the face of things it's pretty fantastic. You can now customise your user interface with themes and you can use a USB stick to add music to your system via the new USB music player. Then there's the big feature, Share Play, which allows another player to take control of your game or play along with you from their system, even if they don't own the game. But there's an issue and unfortunately when it comes to Sony releasing firmware, it's not for the first time.
One of the new changes in firmware 2.0 yesterday was for Sony to change standby mode to rest mode. On the face of things this just seemed like a standard name change, which is fine, however it seems to have come with one fundamental flaw in that it's broken. Anyone who has used the new rest mode may have discovered, like me, that once the system is off it'll have a constantly pulsing orange light and then when you try to turn it on again, nothing happens.
Luckily this is easily resolved by unplugging the system and then turning it on again, but the fact is this should never have happened. Now I'm willing to give any games company the benefit of the doubt, I've done so for Sony and others in the past, but there comes a point where the company in question, in this case Sony, just starts to damage its own reputation. Good will from consumers will only last so long and with the recent DriveClub issues, PSN's constant outages and now the issues with the firmware, how long will it be before consumers start to lose faith?
I for one know that Sony will fix these issues, but I have a lot of passion for this industry and faith in games companies to get things right, so when issues do appear I really feel for them. When I see hundreds of comments from people on the internet complaining I'm always one of the first to stick up for these games companies and let people know that these things happen. But the fact is, these things need to stop happening. Firmware needs to be perfect when it launches, not full of flaws; Servers need to work at the launch of a game; PSN and to a much lesser extent Xbox LIVE need to stay up, without outages. I'm realistic enough to know that this won't happen 100 percent of the time, but the amount of issues need to be looked at. This generation of consoles need to be the flagship for gaming. So please games companies sort it out.
From our investigations so far, it appears the issues with PS4 rest mode are cause by changing the power settings on the settings menu. If you have upgraded to firmware 2.0 we would suggest not changing any settings for now.