On Friday Sony revealed that the PlayStation 4 would require a 300 MB day one update in order to use most of the system's most popular features. While Sony has not changed its tune on that front (you're still going to need to download the update the minute you turn it on and connect to the Internet), there is one silver lining to the story now: you'll be able to do other things while you wait.
According to a recent tweet by company's Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida, consumers will be able to download the update in the background while they play those brand new games they purchased alongside the console. The 300MB update is expected to take up to 15 minutes to download,
The update 1.50 will activate such features as Remote Play using the PlayStation Vita; second screen gaming using the PS4 Link app for PlayStation Vita and mobile devices; the ability to record and share screenshots and video; use of the Ustream and Twitch apps; the ability to play games as they are downloading; the ability for four users to log into the PS4 simultaneously; party chat; facial recognition and voice commands; the background music player; online multiplayer through PlayStation Plus; and Blu-ray disc and DVD player capabilities.
The PlayStation 4 launches Nov. 15 in North America and on Nov. 29 in Europe.