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Sony has now released the v4.50 firmware update to all PlayStation 4 games consoles in the wild. This is a major update which adds several exciting features, not least of which is the ability to attach an external hard drive to your PS4 You Can Now Use an External Hard Drive on Your PS4 You Can Now Use an External Hard Drive on Your PS4 With the next software update, PS4 owners will be able to download, install, and access games on an external hard drive. And about time too. Read More . So our advice is to download v4.50 ASAP.

As with most internet-connected hardware these days, the PlayStation 4 is updated regularly. Some of its updates are minor, concentrating on strengthening behind-the-scenes stuff. But occasionally Sony releases a firmware update that actually improves the PS4 in a visible way.

What to Expect From the v4.50 Update

The PlayStation 4 System Software Update v4.50 is one such update. And here’s what it adds…

There’s the aforementioned support for external hard drives. This allows you to add a USB 3.0 HDD to your PlayStation 4, expanding the space you have to store games and media.

There’s a new Boost Mode for PlayStation 4 Pro Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Review Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Review Is the PS4 Pro such a big improvement that it's worth upgrading, or just a failed experiment? Let's find out. Read More owners. This improves the performance of older PS4 titles that haven’t been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and GPU.

PlayStation VR PlayStation VR Review PlayStation VR Review Sony has finally released their low-cost headset to the world, along with a slew of Playstation games that support the device. Is it worth it? Read More owners gain the ability to play 3D Blu-rays, and improved 2D images. You can also add custom wallpapers using in-game screenshots, and post directly to your Activity Feed.

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Smaller improvements include a Quick Menu refresh, a simplified Notifications tab, and voice chat for Remote Play. The PS Messages and PS Communities apps are both being updated too.

Upping the Game, Figuratively Speaking

It’s clear that Microsoft and Nintendo are upping their game. The new Xbox Game Pass Microsoft Launches Xbox Game Pass for Hardcore Gamers Microsoft Launches Xbox Game Pass for Hardcore Gamers Microsoft is launching a new subscription service called Xbox Game Pass. This Netflix for games offers those willing to pay the monthly fee access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles. Read More is a fantastic idea. And the new Nintendo Switch 15 Questions You Have About Nintendo Switch Answered 15 Questions You Have About Nintendo Switch Answered The Nintendo Switch is here! We've got one, and have answers to the top questions about the system. Read More is flying off store shelves. Which means Sony really needs to up its game too in order to stay on top. Let’s hope v4.50 is a sign of things to come.

Have you downloaded version 4.50 of the PlayStation 4 software yet? If so, what do you think of it? What’s your favorite new feature? And your least favorite? What would you like to see Sony add with the next firmware update? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Arnoid
    March 10, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Could've done with this before Christmas, when I 'upgraded' my internal HDD, had my PS4 die(what are ps4 failure rates actually), bought a slim, then had to do about x3 more transfers to get my 2Tb into the new ps4 with all my data...

  2. Jorney
    March 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Yes i did, been waiting patiently for the 3D feature and it didnt let me down. Holy crap how good Avatar looks in 3D ( with the biggest VR-screen ). Going to buy 3D only from now on.