Promised PS4 features are still coming, Sony assures us

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (back in February 2013) Sony promised us some PS4 features that never saw the light of day. So what happened? The company said in a recent interview with Kotaku that the features are not ready yet, but Sony promises that they haven’t been forgotten and are still working on them. One of these feature was said to allow you to put your PS4 in sleep mode while playing a game and then resuming it whenever you feel like it. The official name for this feature is “suspend mode” and it’s described as such:

“PS4 radically reduces the lag time between players and their content. PS4 features “suspend mode” which keeps the system in a low power state while preserving the game session. The time it takes today to boot a console and load a saved game will be a thing of the past. With PS4, gamers just hit the power button again and are promptly back playing the game at the exact point where they left off.” Sounds very useful, too bad it’s not ready yet. So when will it be ready? “I am asking the same question to my tech team every other week,” Shuhei Yoshida Head of Sony’s worldwide studios said. “Because every day I get reminded by lots of people: ‘Where is this? Where is that?’ It’s a great reminder for me.”

The other feature in question is even more interesting. It presumably allows one of your friends to assist you over the internet from another PS4 in case you need any help with the game you’re playing. Furthermore, the feature also allows this person to completely take over and play the game for you. “Your friends can actually look over your shoulder virtually and interact with you while you’re playing,” Sony’s Dave Perry explains. “And if you allow them, your friends can also post comments to your screen; you can solicit support from them, or you can just trash-talk with them. (…) You can ask your friend on the internet who’s finished that game, to take over your controller and assist. We’re building this capability into the PS4 and the PlayStation Network.”

Needless to say, neither of these two features are available as of yet, but if Sony says they are still in the works I guess we’ll just have to take their word for it. We’ll let you know the moment we learn something new so stay tuned.