Sony Announces Long Awaited Update for PS4

Update: PS4 Pro beta users have been trying out this new update too and a new mode was discovered called “Boost mode”. Shared by PSN user Mladen Tapavicki, a screenshot (below) and video (by Noel Underson) reveals that Boost mode will provide “improved gameplay, including higher frame rates, for some games that were released before the introduction of PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 series).” It will apparently not work for all games, likely only those with unlocked frame rates.

Original report:

A little while ago, Sony opened up a beta program for US PS4 console owners. Not much was said about it, except that if you signed up you might be selected in the future for new features. Today, that finally came to fruition. A chosen few of these folks now get to try out Sony’s brand new PS4 software update 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke). If you happen to be one of these, Sony should be sending you can email with instructions on what to do.

However, if you aren’t one of them, the company was nice enough to give out a detailed report on what the update includes. Frankly, a lot of this is a long time coming and should have happened years ago, custom wallpaper not being the least of them. Regardless, here are the full details from Sony:

External HDD Support

It’s easy to upgrade the HDD that came with your PS4, but if you’re still looking for more storage space on the console, we’ve got you covered. With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console.

This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.

Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.

Custom Wallpapers

This update adds the ability to set your favorite in-game screenshot as the background image for PS4’s home screen. Drop-shadows on text, and the option to dim the Function Area, will help keep the system icons and texts on the home screen clearly visible even if the background image you selected is super bright. You can also edit screenshots using Photo Mode in Sharefactory to make your one-and-only custom wallpaper.

Quick Menu Refresh

As you may know, in the last system update we overhauled the PS4 Quick Menu feature (the menu that appears after a long press of the PS button on DualShock 4). This update brings additional improvements to make it even more accessible. Now the Quick Menu will cover even less of your gameplay screen, and you’ll be able to access handy Party features via Online Friends, like creating new parties, inviting friends, and joining parties, without transitioning to the separate Party app. The goal is to keep you in the game — and not stuck in menus.

Simplified Notification List

Before this update, the Notifications app had a variety of tabs on the left-hand side, like Game Alerts, Downloads, Uploads, and more. We’ve condensed all of the tabs to a single simplified list, making it easier to see all of your notifications all at-a-glance.

You can also quickly access the Notification settings from the Options Menu to turn off or customize which pop-up notifications appear on your screen, so you’re only being notified about your top priorities.

Post on PlayStation Network Activity Feeds

We’re adding the ability to post directly into the Activity Feed, which appears in a variety of places across the console, including What’s New. Under What’s New, you’ll see a new option to post things like text, screenshots, and gifs directly into your Activity Feed. You can also tag games or other users to make sure they don’t miss your post. It’s a great way to show off your greatest triumphs.

Tying into this new feature, Live from PlayStation will show screenshots that users uploaded to PSN as a Public Activity, so you can show off your best gameplay moments not only to your friends, but to users around the globe.

3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR

If you’re a fan of 3D movies, and you own PlayStation VR, we’ve got good news — this update adds the ability to view 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
There are more features included in 4.50, so make sure to keep an eye out for additional info, including launch timing, in the weeks to come.

What do you think of these updates? Are you lucky enough to test them out early? Let us know in the comments below!

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