Starting today, those of you selected for our beta program will get an early peek at some of the new features coming to PS4 with our next major system software update, version 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke). If you signed up for the beta and were chosen, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download and get started.
Even if you’re not participating in the beta, we still wanted to give you a quick glance of the key features that will be rolling out with this update. We’re refining the user interface of PS4 even further, and adding highly requested features like external HDD support and custom wallpapers.
External HDD Support
It’s easy to upgrade the HDD that came with your PS4, but if you’re still looking for more storage space on the console, we’ve got you covered. 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 voilà, you now have more space on the console.
This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.
Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.
Please note: user save files are still stored locally on your PS4 HDD. Only games and applications are stored externally.
This update adds the ability 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.
You can also edit screenshots using Photo Mode in Sharefactory to make your one-and-only custom wallpaper.
Quick Menu Refresh
As you may know, in the last system update we overhauled the PS4 Quick Menu feature (the menu that appears after a long press of the PS button on DualShock 4).
This update brings additional improvements to make it even more accessible. 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. The goal is to keep you in the game — and not stuck in menus.
Simplified Notification List
Before this update, the Notifications app had a variety of tabs on the left-hand side, like Game Alerts, Downloads, Uploads, and more. We’ve condensed all of the tabs to a single simplified list, making it easier to see all of your notifications all at-a-glance.
You can also quickly access the Notification settings from the Options Menu to turn off or customize which pop-up notifications appear on your screen, so you’re only being notified about your top priorities.
Post on PlayStation Network Activity Feeds
We’re adding the ability to post directly into the Activity Feed, which appears in a variety of places across the console, including What’s New. 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.
Tying into this new feature, Live from PlayStation will show screenshots that users uploaded to PSN as a Public Activity, so you can show off your best gameplay moments not only to your friends, but to users around the globe.
3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR
If you’re a fan of 3D movies, and you own PlayStation VR, we’ve got good news — this update adds the ability to view 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
There are more features included in 4.50, so make sure to keep an eye out for additional info, including launch timing, in the weeks to come.
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This is the best upgrade so far! HDD up to 8T? Pretty Awesome huh! Also the Wallpaper thing. Very nice.
what type or specs when it comes to external hard-drives that well be able to use after update ?????????????? your kind of vauge
They told you. A USB 3.0 compatible external drive.
OMG yes! Now is there a way to add custom music on top if your chosen wallpaper? Cause a custom wallpaper with Rez-infinite dynamic music is the BEST!
I have an idea you should add the simplified notifications bar to the quick menu also could you add a feature that would disable the touch pad.But over-all great update keep up the good work!
What about adding videos as custom wallpapers? That would be amazing.
Slower UI (Y)
Yeah, I know, but still, that would be amazing.
I don’t buy the slow UI excuse. We have fully rendered 3d motion backgrounds. Surely that would take more resources than a video clip
I applied for the beta when there was sign ups for it and I did the other one but never got accepted. What’s the criteria? I have PS+ and have had an account from ps3 days x
Probably chosen at random. They don’t care if you’ve done it before or how long you’ve been with them.
YES!! I have been asking for these features forever. Thank You!
Am I dreaming? External hdd support? Custom Wallpapers?:) Thank you Sony so much!
That’s great news! Especially the external HDD Support.
Does anyone know if an USB 3.0 common HDD will affect game performance? Do we need a solid state HDD to experience games in full?
A standard 3.0 should be fine.
Not at all keen on making the notifications list more messy!
Any idea if/when we’ll get HDR pass through support on PSVR when playing non-VR games? Or is it a hardware limitation. That’s the #1 thing I was hoping for in this update.
Need to buy some third party device to get it.
Great work, Sony + Firmware team!
Most of this stuff, except for the “All in-one Notification-List” sound great – especially tje support of external HDD’s.
Yet, there’s still no option to clear/delete the “Error report” section in the System menu? – Booo!
does this mean you can play your purchased games off of your external hard drive?
For heavens sake, will we ever be able to simply have a comment on our profiles like on PS3? Just talking about a sentence, not even as big as a tweet.
Keep the features coming.
Ugh… All I wanted was was Online ID (PSN ID) Name changing could Careless about the other stuff whoopdie doo External HDD yay who cares delete stuff you don’t play or get a 2TB. Custom Backgrounds really? I like the Idea but PS3 already had that, PS4 should’ve had that from the Start. Give us PlayStation Online ID name changes please.
I can see why you’d want that.
1. Please add an option to turn off light bar.
2. Please add an option to remap button only in PS menu for Asian consoles (they have inverse X and O and it is not consistent between in-game and PS menu).
When will it be released?
External HDD support is great, but people…. 3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR!!!! So many of us that own the VR have been asking for this and it’s going to happen!!! Yay!!!!! Now I want to go buy me some 3D Blu-rays!!!
Will this fix share play? I havent been able to use share play since the last big update and its really annoying cause I have great connection 105/20. PLEASE PLEASE FIX THIS. Im not the only person who has this problem.
Could be WiFi or the other person has terrible internet & is also using WiFi.
We are both wired and both have good internet. What I dont get is I can connect to him when he host share play but if I host he cant connect to me. Share play was working perfectly for me before the last big update. Sony upped the upload requirements from 2 to 5Mbps but that shouldnt matter since I have a 105/20 connection.
Being having same problem can’t host share play but can join others.. Speeds are way over requirements still no luck. I’m using separate router and modem, tried with no router and didn’t work either. Friends using Comcast all in one modem/router have no issues. Wondering what everyone else that is having issues modem/router setup is.
Great update! External needed to be done ages ago!
I still wish PS4 could store personal photo and video just like the PS3 did!!!!!
Yes finally! Now we can all forget the databank option! For awhile now I’ve been researching for bigger 2.5 hard drives and databank options but now with this huge news about external hdd support, I’m super excited now :)
Thank you Sony, you guys are awesome :)
Ya, that Nyko Databank product will definitely be discontinued soon :)
This is great! Most everything on my wish list. The only thing i could want now is to get all my ps1 classics from my ps3 on my ps4. That would make everything heavenly!
One question with External Hardrive support . Does this mean I can play the game off of the external hardrive without moving it back to system storwge?
Please add 3D SBS Video support.
Not a fan of the simplified notification list. I only ever view the downloads tab and now that’s going to be mixed in with everything else I don’t want to see. Props for finally entering the 21st century and adding external HDD support.
Can we have our DARK/BLACK NOTIFICATIONS back, please? OPTION to switch between white and black would be nice.
YES – Black. Give it back. (Go to Options to switch black/white.)
NO – I like my forced white notifications and I like to pretend dark/black notifications never existed before on PS4.
Hey Sony how about Bluetooth headset can’t you just allow other headset to connect like the PS3 it’s been like four years now since the ps4 been out
awesome for External HDD support hope there is more in the official release, sad i didnt get in 4 beta so far for PS4 and havent gotten into any of them :/
Me neither bbsftw, I’m just as unlucky as you :-(
@elchorno maybe we’ll get in during the second wave XD can only pray and hope
checked email and saw i got in :D so maybe you got one too *pray*
*Finally* External HDD support (I’ve been using a 2TB HDD in my PS4 since 6 months after launch, but still have to juggle for space) and 3D Blu Ray support for VR!!
wait so now your game install can be saved on the external?
Has the issue of PSVR screen drift been addressed?
Love the new external HDD support. but still would love to be able to change my PSN ID
Cool update, but I still haven’t got the Notification on my console, is it not available for everyone or what ?
It’s in Beta. Can’t you read? It’ll be out for other soon.
Is still in beta, and even if you signed up theres no guarantee for you to be included (gosh, I have 3 PS4s, all different models and they didn’t include me)
Thank you for the HDD support.
Any chance of getting an option in the quick menu to delete devices? (controllers). I regularly run tournaments using PS4s and this is a major headache for me having to go to settings everytime.
Can we please get notifications for when people write in the party chat?
pretty cool. almost as cool as allowing me to play all of the PS1 classics I bought on my PS4 would be
I would love to know if my external HDD can be moved, with access on my account of course, to multiple PS4s. Any thoughts on this PS Family?
I would love to be able to go to my friends house, or my mom’s, with my PS4 external HDD, and not have to redownload said games. I just continue where I left off, without the need to download them, worry about PLUS, or anything. Just ready to go!
Also curious to see how this will undoubted effect loading times, but that’s expected. As long as everything runs fine. I expect some games may have to be patched/not work fully with this in mind, but the majority should be fine. Just longer loading times. Looking at you Bloodbourne. :P Anyways, truly great news though. Keep up the good efforts.
FINALLY!!! External HDD Support!!! You guys are my HEROS! Now I can finally have ALL of my games on my System without having to micro-manage what to delete and re-install when I have the urge to play something different!!! Too much to ask this of my old PS3??? This was the number one reason why I switched to Xbox One for all of my new game purchases, but now I can finally go back to my PS4! So excited!
It’s a great update, loving it! BUT when are we going to be able to change our PSN names?! Pleeeasseeee Young me regrets “JackAttackzilla”
Awesome news all around. Now that PSVR is getting 3D Blu-ray support. Can we get more games with 3D support on the PS4. Starting with updates to Uncharted 3 and Arkham City. Please and thank you.
3D is supported the only in:
Sniper Ellite III
Trine 1 & 2
Arcade Pinball – the only ONE table
Where are games for 3D stereoscopic on the TV-set with 3D ???
3D games are very stressing on resources. You’ll probably get 540p – 720p while using it.
I hope they will change Profile Home Page design. Now it has a tiny small profile avatar picture and it’s blurry. It has to bigger like before 4.00 FW
The notifications menu sounds like a downgrade. Having everything split up made it easier to find what I was looking for, what to ignore till I was ready for it, and more. Having my game notifications burying my downloads and uploads status is not a good thing. Were you guys running out of usable memory or something? Please tell me this is an optional move. I’ll take a slightly laggy is over losing something that has made my life easier.
This is a good update, thanks. Suggestions for the next one: the ability to play audio CDs and video chat. Two things I miss from the PS3.
merry christmas every one!
This update its very cool but there is something that PlayStation needs its Changing are Gamer Tags or Online ID I will be so happy if they add that on the next update Please PlayStation Please
WHAT! (breathing heavy) custom wallpaper (gasping), external HDD support (breathing heavy), 3D BD in VR (rapid panting). YES! YES! YESSSS….(I need a cigarette now.)
but only with pysicall discs :( what about the digital content :(