Sony has announced their new Sony PlayStation update.
Firmware 4.50 brings several big changes to the console including external hard drive support and a boost mode for PS4 Pro users.
More specific details will follow, but in the mean time take a look through the gallery below for all the major changes taking place with the introduction of firmware 4.50.
PS4 4.50 UPDATE DELAYED?
There’s been no word on the supposed launch of Sony’s new 4.50 firmware update for PS4 and PS4 Pro players.
There was strong speculation that the firmware update which has been in beta for the last few weeks could launch today but there’s been zero confirmation from the PlayStation blog.
Now Sony has clarified its position via the Ask PlayStation Twitter account, who have revealed there’s no official date for the system software update, simply telling fans to keep checking the official PlayStation Blog for updates.
At this stage in the day we think it’s unlikely we’ll see a launch for the new firmware, but there’s always tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for further developments as we get them.
PS4 owners might want to brace themselves as the consoles first major PS4 update of 2017 could be set to drop later today.
Firmware 4.50 was first announced a few weeks back for beta testing but a PlayStation Support rep, who confirmed to Reddit user realwords in an email that firmware 4.50 will be launching tomorrow, March 7. In addition, PlayStation VR firmware 2.40 will also roll out at the same time.
Sony has yet to officially announce the news but a launch later today makes a lot of sense as typically, PS4 firmware updates spend about a month in beta testing.
Previously Sony had said the update would feature “some of the things that you, the PS4 community, have requested most often.”
Most importantly though is an update for PS4 Pro users and the secret “Boost Mode” found within the PS4 system software 4.50.
Supposedly this gives all games played on the Pro console a frame rate upgrade, including those games that haven’t been given an official PS4 Pro patch.
Full details of what’s expected to change with the launch of the 4.50 firmware update can be found below:
External HDD support
Struggling to find space for all the games you want to play? Well worry no more; you can now connect a USB 3.0 external HDD and download, save and install games, apps and add-ons directly onto your removable HDD. You can also move any games and apps you’ve already saved onto it to help you stay organised.
When you connect the external HDD, everything will be accessible from your PS4 Home Screen as normal. What’s more, your PS4 will support an external HDD up to 8TB in size, giving you a huge amount of space to play with.
If you’ve captured a truly epic in-game moment with the SHARE button, you can now set it as the background image for your PS4 Home Screen. To make sure the Home Screen icons and text don’t get lost against your new wallpaper, you can tweak the drop shadows and brightness of the menus to keep them clearly visible.
If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can also use SHAREfactory’s Photo Mode to edit your screenshots and make something entirely unique to use as your wallpaper.
Quick menu refresh
System software 4.0 introduced the Quick Menu (accessed in-game when you long-press the PS button on your DUALSHOCK 4) and the latest update further enhances this popular feature to make it even more user-friendly.
The Quick Menu will cover less of the game screen, and you’ll now be able to create, join and manage Parties on the go, meaning you can connect with friends without having to leave the game.
Post status updates to your PlayStation Network activity feed
Just like updating your Facebook status or posting to Twitter, you can now post updates directly to your PSN activity feed. You’ll be able to add simple text updates, tag friends, add screenshots and include specific games, then send your updates to appear in the What’s New section for all your PSN friends to see.
You’ll also be able to send your in-game screenshots to the Live from PlayStation section as a Public Activity, meaning players from around the world can see your best moments as they happen.
3D Blu-ray support for PlayStation VR
If you’re a PS VR owner, you can now use your PS4 to play 3D Blu-ray discs and watch them in stereoscopic 3D via your headset.