Following a few unconfirmed leaks this week, it appears that the PlayStation 4’s firmware update 4.50 will be arriving tomorrow, Thursday the 9th of March. Already in testing since early February, the update will tomorrow roll out to all PlayStation 4 owners, so expect to be installing a chunky update.
Most of the features we covered back in February, which you can read up on in more detail here. They include the ability to add external hard drive support for game installs and saves, 3D PSVR movie viewing, background wallpapers and more.
Aside from the external HD support, the biggest draw for this update has to be the Boost Mode, which only affects those with the PlayStation 4 Pro. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for 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.
You can turn on the Boost Mode from the PS4’s Settings menu. Go to ‘Settings’, then ‘System’, then scroll down to ‘Boost Mode’ and tick the box to turn Boost Mode on.
Sony are also adding voice chat when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or an Xperia device. If you’ve got a gaming session planned with your friends, but you’re away from your system, this update makes it seem like you’re right at home. You can switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the Tool Bar of the Remote Play app.
If you’re having connection issues and can’t tell if it’s your internet or the PlayStation Network, you can now check quickly via the Communities app on your phone. On the Communities app, simply check the PSN service status under Settings > View Status of PSN Services.
You can now also share GIFs from SHAREfactory to your Activity Feeds.
Further changes come to the Activity feed, allowing you to change the privacy settings. This way, you can choose who can see your posts and update, whether that’s friends or the PlayStation community as a whole.