Today, Sony have detailed an upcoming system software update, version 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke) that will be making its way to a PlayStation 4 console near you. It will roll out first as a beta for select players, making sure it’s all fine tuned, before getting rolled out to all players. One of its key additions, which everyone will surely welcome, is external HDD support!
PlayStation 4 fans have had to suffer with a limited range of internal hard drives unlike with Xbox One and PC fans, but that is all about to change. 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 decide where you want to store your latest purchases, or move existing titles across in a breeze. This is great for bringing your catalogue of games around to your friends’ houses to play even more games together. You are limited to no more than an 8TB hard drive, but really, who owns one of them that doesn’t own a PC?
Next up in the update, is background wallpapers. This will give you the option 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.
The Quick Menu which had already received an update, is getting another. 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.
Notifications are getting streamlined into one plain and simple list. No more separation by messages, updates, uploads etc. Just one handy list!
The Activity Feed will now let you share content and accomplishments for all of your friends to see. 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.
If you’re a fan of 3D movies, and you own PlayStation VR, this update adds the ability to view 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset.
If you signed up for the beta and were chosen, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download and get started.