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PS4 System Software Update 4.50 Out Tomorrow

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PS4 System Software Update 4.50 Out Tomorrow

External HDD support arrives alongside a host of other features, including voice chat for Remote Play.

Our next major system software update for PS4, version 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke), rolls out tomorrow. We’ve already shared some of the key features last month, like external HDD support and custom wallpapers, but that wasn’t all this update has to offer. Here’s a look at some additional features heading to your system soon.

Improved 2D Images on PS VR
If you’re playing a game in PS VR and you return to the PS4 home screen, you may notice that the resolution looks lower than normal on the TV Social Screen. Following this update, you’ll find that the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode.

Also, the resolution of Cinematic Mode on PS VR will improve — if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update.

Voice Chat for Remote Play
We’re adding voice chat when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or an Xperia device. This is especially useful if you’ve got a gaming session planned with your friends, but you’re away from your system. You can switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the Tool Bar of the Remote Play app.

Off Console Availability
We have a variety of off-console apps and features that make communication with other gamers easier, like the PlayStation App and PS Messages. We’re adding an icon, shaped like a smartphone, which indicates a player is logged into PSN but away from their system.

Boost Mode (for PlayStation 4 Pro only)
PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU.

This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. You can turn on Boost Mode by going to Settings > System.

Keep in mind that Boost Mode is not guaranteed to work with all titles. Turning the setting off will allow the game to be played in a mode that replicates the standard PS4.

PS Messages and Communities app Updates
We’re also updating the PS Messages (Android/iOS) and PS Communities (Android/iOS) apps tomorrow with a few handy features.

  • When you receive a Party invitation from your friends on PS Messages, now you can respond with a quick reply, “I’ll join later” or “Sorry, I can’t join,” when you want to get back to them ASAP.
  • On the Communities app, you can now easily check the PSN service status under Settings > View Status of PSN Services.
  • Also on the Communities app, iOS users can tell at a glance if there are any new posts in their community by checking the badge app icon (the number in a red circle at the top-right corner of the app’s icon).

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on all these new features, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments. We’re listening and always appreciate your feedback!

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341 Comments

  • I don’t want to be that guy but who thought the new Notifications menu was better than the previous one? Having no way to sort your notifications, no tabs, no delete option or clear all is the worst decision I have ever seen in a long time. I honestly don’t have OCD, but this new layout is driving me crazy. Why change something that didn’t need fixed or tuned. Who thought this was a amazing idea?!

  • The upgrade has broken all surround sound for me.

    PS4 PRO
    Sony STR DN1000 7.1 AV Receiver

    I can now only get stereo on Linear PCM. Before the upgrade I had 5.1 & 7.1 working on linear PCM.

    Dolby Bitstream activates but very faint sound from rears, centre and SW and without those the fronts are left sounding tinny.
    DTS Bitstream reverts to Dolby Bitstream.

    The 5.1 / 7.1 surround option seems to have disappeared from the menus as well.

    Does anyone know of a Sony support site or forum?

    Any ideas or advice appreciated

    • imyourdaddy2977

      The uodate is crap. I now get the usb error message when i start it up, as i have read many others have the same problem, among others like yours..

  • Sam_Wills_Play

    Remote Play works a lot BETTER!!! No issues at all, no lag, no connectivity issues…works flawlessly. Very Happy . THANKS SONY!!

  • wow, how have you completely screwed up notifications. its a complete mess now and you cant delete them. what a nightmare.
    and 1 HDD at a time? my 3TB HDD is too small for all my games so I have to delete them all and go buy a new bigger HDD already.
    Would by good if there was a way to transfer from 1 HDD to another but the way you have it I have to delete everything and start again with a new HDD.

  • Like most of the update. Not too crazy about the notifications or the mobile setting, but at least the latter can be turned off. Still, won’t need to juggle hard drive space anymore.

  • Decipleofhim

    Can i please play a song or 2 from my Samsung note 5 on my ps4 just by connecting it through the charger cable which is USB or at least through blue tooth. Come on man. Damn thing wasn’t cheap. At least we can do is play some damn music

  • Decipleofhim

    Hello music from a phone maybe

  • AmethystRxse

    I have 2 major complaints about this update.

    1. The notifications tab. How is this better than the last? I have notifications for players joining parties even though I have that disabled, I have messages from group chats that I’m not in anymore, and I can’t delete any of them.

    2. Why does it show a smartphone next to my name when I try to appear offline? I don’t have the damn app installed on my phone. How am I supposed to appear offline when someone can see that big ass phone?

    Even though I like the fact that I can change my background I would rather not have this update at all. This update feels worse to me.

  • Waiting for HDD support for so long, Finally I got it now.,

  • The Notification List is a HOT MESS! Why did you decide to put everything on one list; this is not streamlined or productive because now you have to search through your notifications to find the one(s) you are looking for. It is not enough to simply uncheck the notifications you do not want.

    Suggestion 1: Allow us to delete older/outdated notifications.

    Suggestion 2: Provide an *Archive* option in the Settings Tab to send and delete Notifications from if direct deletion from the Notifications Tab is not possible.

    Suggestion 3: Roll back the Notifications Tab to the previous version.

  • Since I updated my console to 4.50 I haven’t been able to use share play. Please fix this immediately sony

  • ThunderlipsJoe

    This update broke many people’s wireless function. No word from sony when the patch will be out. Highly recommend waiting to install or download this update IF POSSIBLE until fixed

    • wreckedangles

      yeah, this update has completely messed up online play, horrific lag and rubberbanding issues, hundreds if not thousands of complaints online and sony has yet to acknowledge it.. really hoping they push a patch out asap because p2p gaming is impossible at the moment for people in this situation

  • I have problems with porting games to an external hard drive. All the time gives an error that I incorrectly disconnected the hard disk.Also during the recording on it of something running about 5 to 10 minutes and leaves again this message about improper disconnection of the hard drive, then have to record all over again.Games from an external hard drive also do not work well,rebooted the console itself.

  • Ever since I installed this update I have been having connection problems can u plz fix this :(

  • ExpertGamer-_-_-

    Could we have an option to upload our game captures to a LAN Network Access Storage, Samba, FTP server, etc.? It’d be a nice usage for the Gigabit Ethernet port.

  • I would like to get online and enjoy the services i pay 4. I don’t have any appreciate 4 this update considering i can not connect to my internet after downloading it. Sony PS tell me this, why haven’t we heard a pep about this issue from you, and what u are doing to resolve the problem? As a sony man im highly disappointed in you and now questioning my own loylalty 2 this company.

  • yoloswagins2

    I am having problems with my wireless update due to this update, sony can you please fix this with a patch?

  • Bahamu_Hani

    Best update, no problem here, thanks Sony.

  • imyourdaddy2977

    Your latest update sucks. I have read numerous post of various problems with it including my own which is i get the usb download error, none of which i have seen being addressed by sony. These types of problems are what makes people switch to other consoles…

  • I got Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Slip and I noticed the light on hardrive turned off when ps4 is on rest mode. I just want to be sure will it continue the download on to hard drive on rest mode even though the light on hard drive turned off?
    Please help

  • Glitchtastic

    Of course, I don’t think we should get our hopes up about Sony listening to us about the notifications list. They didn’t listen to us when they changed the Store app on the PS3.

    On the PS3, they replaced the really great Store app with the PS4 Store app even though the PS3 isn’t nearly powerful enough to run it. It’s slow, laggy and literally nine times out of ten it will crash before you’re able to do what you were trying to do. Nearly everyone complained about the app but to this day Sony still hasn’t changed it back or created something new that the PS3 can actually run.

    The Store app is completely unusable on PS3. Completely. If I ever need to buy something for my PS3 or download something to it, I have to do it from the web store. Still. I’ve had to do this for years.

    Listen to your users this time, Sony. Please stop trying to fix what isn’t broken.

  • Sony What about the Wallpapers by USB and Media Software for storage of Videos , Pictures and Music.. ?? and the Next Update please add this and the Change of sequence of Barlight to Blue Please

  • Please add Media Go to the Ps4 and Update Media for Sonys and Buying Games from the Software instead of the Browser

  • Hey! This is my patch!

  • I’m really disappointed with notifications menu it’s so basic. Why would you make the notifications menu worse? At least make it an option to change the way the setup is.

  • willdissolver

    Since this update, I’m getting flickers to a black screen. Anyone else getting this issue, or know how to fix it?

  • I see what you guys at Sony are doing but when you have a update that allows every sony brand bluetooth to be compatible with the ps4 then I would say “you have outdone yourself” until that day happens I can’t buy any more sony headphones because I bought on for 200 dollars and it’s not compatible come on Sony pull your socks up

    • Sony brand Bluetooth headphones like the XB650BT that’s one I bought before and it’s good but non-compatible

  • WTF. Everybody since this “Mind Blowing” update I’ve been lagging ALOT lately. And don’t say (check you router). Wht you think I’ve been doing.

  • I really hope a patch comes out to fix the bogged down processing speeds this update caused my PS4 classic. Never had a speed issue until now.

  • I think the update is great and like all the new features but can you please revert the notifications menu to how it was before? It is just a big jumbled mess now and would be much easier to navigate if it was returned back to being organized into caregories. In addition, in a future update can you please give us the ability to change our PS ID? Keep up the great work, I appreciate it.

  • Ever since the new update my system lags no matter what I do or play. I’ve re set my router and modem (spell check?) I’ve quickly and fully initialized my system, and have run several tests and connection checks including changing my wifi connection to a wired and it shows no results. It’s not my internet speed or anything on my end I’m sure of it. But is anyone else having this issue or any connection problems since the update, and when will there be a patch for server issues?

  • fix the season passes for destiny the collection and ffxv

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