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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. 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 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 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.
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 is a fantastic idea. And the new Nintendo Switch 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!