System Software Update 4.50 hits the Sony PlayStation 4 platform today, March 9th; an update addressing multiple areas of the console’s user interface and performance. Check out the quick update video released on the PlayStation YouTube channel.
According to the video, this system update brings external hard drive storage abilities to the console: format the storage device through the system settings and it’s ready for games and any variety of PlayStation-pertinent data. Games through the external drive are visible on the content launcher upon connection! Happy storage management!
PlayStation Network looks to up their social media game with their additions to activity sharing. Uploading screenshots and game captures appear on a “What’s New” feed visible to your PSN friend’s list. Activities is an option visible when operating the “Share” button on your controller.
Parties also get an upgrade by becoming available through the quick menu, rather than having to exit a game to enter a chat with your friends or people you’re playing with online. The party system has private and public options. While these features were revealed last month by Sony, Update 4.5 also includes Boost Mode specifically for the PlayStation 4 Pro console. Marketing VP John Koller writes:
“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.”
So older games may now have faster frame rates as well as stability. Load times also receive improvements from the Boost functionality, so it might be worth it revisiting some older titles to play in high-power glory. Other updates including off-console availability, app updates, and VR updates can be found in detail here, be sure to get the latest update and take full advantage of that Pro console goodness!