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Jan 15

Sign Up for the Next PS4 System Software Update Beta

Learn how you can be added to future betas automatically and receive an exclusive PSN avatar in the process.

Brian Dunn's Avatar Posted by Sr Product Marketing Manager, SIEA

We’re getting ready for the next major system update for PS4, and can use some help from PS4 owners to test it out ahead of launch. Starting today, you can sign up for a chance to be a beta tester and get an advance look at some of the improvements and new features coming to PS4. And good news for Canadian folks – beginning this beta, PS4 owners in Canada are also able to register for the beta testing.

You can register to be a beta tester anytime between today and the start of the beta expected in February. Users must be 18 years or older. Once the beta starts, we’ll close registration.

Beta testers for our previous major system software update, version 5.00, got a preview of features like Family on PSN, friend list management, message improvements and much more before launch.

If you’re part of the program, you’ll receive an email with instructions on downloading the beta version of the next system software. In order to sign up, you’ll need a PS4 system with an internet connection and SEN account. And remember — you can roll back to the previous system software at any time.

And starting this beta, you can choose to be added to future betas automatically without having to register again. If you choose to do so, you’ll receive an exclusive PSN avatar.

We’ll be back soon with an update on the features you can expect in the beta.
Many thanks to everyone signing up — especially our returning beta testers! Your feedback helps us make the system software update even better.

Add Your Own

Ralf5676 said:

January 15th, 8:56 am

I’ll be glad to do it, just lemme know when and it’ll be done


January 15th, 8:56 am

I’ve never done a beta test in general, and it think it would be cool to be apart of that group. Sign me up please.

ams1602bd said:

January 15th, 9:04 am

I would really like to be apart of this beta and others in the future

superbankai999 said:

January 15th, 9:14 am

I would really like you to add a feature to increase the text size. Having it as a toggle wouldn’t have any impact on regular gamers, and this seems like it would be an easy feature to add for disabled gamers. There’s a zoom option, but you can’t leave it on and toggling it was triggering my vertigo. It also doesn’t help when text quickly pops ups and disappears.

    ced1046 said:

    January 15th, 5:40 pm

    I don’t remember where it is in the settings but I know there is an option to put the text in bold.

TouKen16 said:

January 15th, 9:35 am


    Aero_Guardian17 said:

    January 15th, 11:25 am

    Oh my gosh. I didn’t think of that, but we need it to happen!

TouKen16 said:

January 15th, 9:36 am

Add the option to be able to change how long a notification stays on the screen

JnF_Gho5t said:

January 15th, 9:39 am

Signed up! I hope I get an invite. I didn’t even know Canadians were excluded all this time in the past beta’s, with no indication on the blog posts about it. I’m glad we’re included now, though.

SpeedKiller92 said:

January 15th, 9:47 am

Ability to gift games or cards to anyone including countries would be great

    Aero_Guardian17 said:

    January 15th, 11:20 am

    That would be a great addition!

TurtMan said:

January 15th, 9:53 am

Let us organize the video apps like Netflix and HBO. The order and thumbnail images change and there is no consistency!

    Aero_Guardian17 said:

    January 15th, 11:23 am

    We really need this! We should also be able to hide the video apps we don’t want! That only creates extra clutter.

apexPREDATOR_S08 said:

January 15th, 9:57 am

I can’t wait to see what’s going to be in this update :-)

shadowamigos said:

January 15th, 10:07 am

I want in, let’s do it to it

Zeev86s said:

January 15th, 10:10 am

No thanks.
My PS3 Slim died after one of firmware updates.
Anyone that signs up for a firmware update in alpha/beta state is not a smart person.

    the_man72 said:

    January 22nd, 12:14 pm

    Says the one playing on a PS3 slim lmfao

    Um get with the times and buy a PS4 slim or Pro geez your on a outdated console

CaptainWaffels said:

January 15th, 10:13 am

since i did not see an option to register anywhere i thought id just leave a comment over here saying that im always available to help in any kind of way! :) id love to check out the update and give feedback! i hope this is the right way to sign up. if not, please let me know where i can sign up!

MAD_22_ said:

January 15th, 10:18 am

Let’s try it to see if it’s any good or not

efaa0101 said:

January 15th, 10:22 am

Ojala y me llegue :D

SeaHijacker04 said:

January 15th, 10:32 am

I would be more than happy to participate in the beta testing

SeaHijacker04 said:

January 15th, 10:33 am

One humble request, if possible can you let the user arrange their games

    ced1046 said:

    January 15th, 5:42 pm

    There is a way to create folders with your games and apps (press the option button on any game/app and select create/add to a folder).

cusman said:

January 15th, 10:48 am

Done it before, and willing to do it again

muffinmaniac said:

January 15th, 10:59 am

I would like to join in the beta. Thank you.

luckylego32 said:

January 15th, 11:12 am

I think it would be awesome to do beta testing.

Sir_Bronius said:

January 15th, 11:18 am

Please add the ability for me to use a wallpaper from a thumb drive or website. Also, please allow for backwards compatibility on PS1 and PS2 games (I know the PS4 is more than powerful enough).

Aero_Guardian17 said:

January 15th, 11:19 am

PlayStation: please read this post!

This is great news! A couple of things:

-Improve the performance on the original PS4 (it’s lagging a lot more than it used to).
-Make it possible to see the amount of time we’ve spent in a game.
-Make it possible to hid certain icons from the home screen (such as Communities, Events, etc. (I never use them)).
-Make it possible to delete games with under a low amount of trophies (say a max of 5 trophies) or make us able to hide certain games from our personal trophy list.
-Add the wishlist to the store (not just on the store’s website). Also, notifications for when something (or particular games) on our wishlist go on sale.
-Be able to change our PSN ID.

Those are just my ideas!

Rissiner said:

January 15th, 11:21 am


I’d be really excited to test this upcoming firmware update and anticipate to test more in the future!

djsaiyan said:

January 15th, 11:22 am

Really hope this one adds some sort of sorting system for download lists. Some of us have been around since the early days of the PS3, and have Vitas and PS4s too. Trying to hunt back through for older items (especially things like preorder DLC that were never on the store proper to begin with) is an absolute nightmare.

    Teflon02 said:

    January 15th, 1:22 pm

    On PS3 it’s a issue but on PS4 it’s not really a issue seeing all your dlc shows under the game tile no matter what. The library shows everything you have that’s compatible with ps4 as well so that’s no issue.

BustUinYourFace said:

January 15th, 11:25 am

Interested in testing new features of the next update.

djspinal said:

January 15th, 11:26 am

hype mode activated and properly turnt up!

ifeelstellar said:

January 15th, 11:32 am

fingers crossed!

ShannyBoy343 said:

January 15th, 11:35 am

Let us change our psn names!

Young_David420 said:

January 15th, 11:51 am

I would really appreciate it if I were to be selective as a beta tester for the new PS4 system update. I would provide useful feed back about the update, and take note of what could be improved & what should stay how it was. Thank you for your consideration.


stonerrobertlee said:

January 15th, 11:55 am

Hello 2 everyone ✌

stonerrobertlee said:

January 15th, 11:55 am


jonny-blaze31 said:

January 15th, 11:56 am

Would love to play ps3 and change ps id pick me

stonerrobertlee said:

January 15th, 11:57 am

I did sum beta testing in nebula realms


January 15th, 12:20 pm

I expect for PS4 Pro users a fix for flickering and black screens that sometimes happen when playing any title

BlaqMagiq24 said:

January 15th, 12:29 pm

PSN name change
Save music to HDD
Organize purchase history

panda2920 said:

January 15th, 12:38 pm

I would love to beta test the new update

panda2920 said:

January 15th, 12:42 pm

Would love to beta test

Lethal_NFS said:

January 15th, 12:51 pm

I always try to get a beta invite but I never get it in. I thought I would be a shoe in being a level 41 with 109 platinum trophies and 500+ digitally purchased games. But I have seen brand new users get the invite where Playstation vets do not. But I will try again….

MaddKnight said:

January 15th, 1:07 pm

Id love to join the beta. MaddKnight is the profile. Link me in.

Crap_Lad said:

January 15th, 1:21 pm

I hope they add the ability to change your name that would be great

Teflon02 said:

January 15th, 1:26 pm

“And good news for Canadian folks – beginning this beta, PS4 owners in Canada are also able to register for the beta testing.”

Ohh so you’re basically telling me that all this time I’ve tried to get into EVERY SINGLE BETA and not once does it tell you Canadians are excluded and even more, why would we be in the first place. It’s testing a new firmware… I don’t even care at this point, it was annoying the first 10 times and I honestly don’t care at all for system updates anymore. I find it annoying having features announced and having to wait like a month while others use it

HaCkS_fOr_LiFe24 said:

January 15th, 1:32 pm

I’d love to be apart of the BETA testing for these future updates, been on PlayStation all my life!

    ced1046 said:

    January 15th, 5:43 pm

    Haha me too :)

Jared4Wally said:

January 15th, 1:34 pm

add Trophies Options Menu A-Z that well be much better to see the Trophies.

Jared4Wally said:

January 15th, 1:35 pm


mutly56 said:

January 15th, 1:40 pm

Sign me im in Australia

Kobesnoid said:

January 15th, 1:54 pm

What I would really love to see in this update is, Notifications be put back to Black with White text not White with Black text. I find it nearly impossible to read (from a distance). Whenever a friend comes online the only way I can see who came online is by the player avatar.

    Kobesnoid said:

    January 15th, 2:04 pm

    I find that the White with Black text just does not look as professional & the colour combo does not match PlayStation, I thought the primary colour combo for PlayStation was Black & Blue. It looked better before.

    Teflon02 said:

    January 15th, 7:55 pm

    You can change it back already. It’s in the options

    Kobesnoid said:

    January 16th, 2:57 am

    Oh crap I never even knew that was there, I guess disregard my previous comment. Thanks dude I’m glad you told me

dbase223 said:

January 15th, 2:04 pm

Since your going to give an avatar for beta testers,how about a theme too. Im always looking for a good FREE theme and I have been a beta tester for the last two.

    dbase223 said:

    January 15th, 2:04 pm


maverator said:

January 15th, 2:06 pm

Until I can delete all the garbage apps/shortcuts/advertisements that I will never use that are taking up space, I will consider it to still be broken.

tlal_q8_22 said:

January 15th, 2:22 pm

I would to see how many hours I play :)

    ced1046 said:

    January 15th, 5:45 pm

    I think you can already do that by going on your profile while a game is oppened (you will see the game with the time just under)

arkhamknight5924 said:

January 15th, 2:30 pm

I do the the beta test for the software update

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