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PS4 Firmware Update Details Right Around the Corner

Posted by Sammy Barker

New system software on the way

While primary competitor Microsoft has been busy updating its next-gen machine on a monthly basis, Sony has been much slower with firmware updates for the PlayStation 4. One could argue that the Japanese giant’s system deployed in a much sturdier state than the Xbox One, but with the latter now getting 3D Blu-ray support among other key features, there’s no doubt that the PlayStation maker is starting to fall behind.

Fortunately, it sounds like the firm has a fresh firmware update on the way, as evidenced by comments made by SCEE representative Fred Dutton on the PlayStation Blog. Pressed by impatient fans, the put upon scribe explained that you should expect news on next-gen “firmware updates very soon”. Asked for a more specific time scale, he reiterated that “more information” will arrive in the near future. Hopefully that means over the coming weeks, not months.

With the PlayStation 3 chastised for constant software refreshes, we still reckon that the platform holder’s decided to deploy fewer, bigger firmware updates on its latest format. The problem is that its silence is causing early adopters to get restless, and with the console still missing key features such as MP3 playback and media server support, it might want to be a little more vocal about what it’s actually working on.


User Comments (37)



TOMBOY25 said:

just go with the monthly format like microsoft as strange as it sounds i actually get excited wondering what new features we get each month.



get2sammyb said:

@TOMBOY25 Yeah, they definitely need to change their approach with this now. Considering that the update process is so seamless anyway, I think once a month would be fine.



RawWilson1 said:

Sony needs to get off their high horse and give us some details about the next firmware update. Microsoft is giving Xbox updates every month and not that PlayStation needs these updates, but WE WANT: MP3 support, true external hard drive support(the ability to save and play whole games off them), a freaking YouTube app, customization for PS4's dashboard, a top friends option/feature, a in order friend request list(friend requests should have date and time for when they were sent. Too many times I get a friend request and don't know who it's from), and 3D BluRay support.



kivi95 said:

Man we have not really gotten a single BIG BIG update since the ps4 release :/



FullbringIchigo said:

I never got why people were annoyed with the updates, as far as I was concerned they were making the system better and I could always do something else while it downloaded (like messing about on my PSP)



FullbringIchigo said:

@RawWilson1 I agree with nearly all of those but you can watch youtube through the internet browser just go to and it even works like the PS3 youtube app



Reverend_Skeeve said:

Agree with all of the above, basically. I want those missing features, plz. Also, the Share button doesn't work all the time for me, or more specifically, the video grabbing. Sometimes when I press share, the PS4 doesn't grab a video. Sucks. Also, since the last update or so, some Blu-Ray movies that used to work just fine don't work anymore. Wanted to see District 9 recently and after selecting "start movie" from its title screen, the disk freezes.

YouTube app would be appreciated, but as @FullbringIchigo says, the work-around with the browser works just fine for me.



Sonicfan11589 said:

As much as I want MP3 files to be used, I really need them to allow external hard drives to be hooked up, don't want to take apart my system for a 1-2 TB hard drive. What are the chances of the latter being implemented in the near future?



Sonicfan11589 said:

I'm running low on space, I have just under 100 GB with my PS4 and Last of Us will take away half of that.



InsaneMikeB said:

@Reverend_Skeeve I get the same issue. Sometimes I hit the share button ready to record some awesome gameplay, go to save and nothing has been recorded. So annoying!! Im also getting really annoyed at how long my home menu is becoming. Grouping is much overdue



lacerz said:

I want Blu-ray 3D playback. The only reason my PS3 is still attached to my main TV is because it plays 3D Blu-rays.



FullbringIchigo said:

@Reverend_Skeeve some blu-rays for you have stopped working?, strange for me it's the opposite more blu-rays have started working since the last update

I wounder what's up with that, kind of strange really



N711 said:

I dont really see the point of external drive as apparently its easy to swap the HHD for a bigger one and probably cheaper. Also not really fond of crappy 'APPs' and prefer the browser. But yea monthly update would be ideal of course



MadchesterManc said:

The Xbox One is getting 3D Bluray playback!? Dafuq you playin at Sony? Its one aspect that baffles me. Ps4 plays Blurays, it has 3D games. So why does my Ps4 still not play 3D Blurays? I honestly cant believe how long I've been waiting for this one singular aspect to be added. None of this other stuff people mention interests me or has become an annoyance. Sony are starting to take the biscuit a little with their firmware updates though. My Ps3 is getting on a bit too so it would be nice to retire some of its duties.



3Above said:

This is realky disappointing. On PS3 people complained that there were too many updates. Now they complain that we dont get them regularly enough? Some people just cant be pleased.



Darthreven7 said:

I want the ability to change my psn without having to make a new one. Xbox lets you do it for a small fee. And customization of the dashboard would be lovely



Paranoimia said:

My PS4 is fine, and - for me - isn't 'missing' anything. It plays games, and that's what I bought it for. Anything else is a bonus, as and when they get around to it.



divinelite said:

3d game on ps4 is only one isn't it
I really want to customize the dashboard that's the sole enhancement i want



Munkyknuts said:

I never found regular updates annoying....buying a game on day one and having to update it right away was is putting an old game in for a quick play and finding out it needs updates, but system updates didn't fuss me, I liked getting them it made it feel like my PS3 was cared about and being refined and retuned. With the update features of the PS4 being so much better regular updates would work just fine.....can't be having XBox one getting key features that the Sony system lacks. 3D blu ray/ DVD would be nice as I got a 50" super HD 3D smart TV when I got my PS4 and it would be nice to use the 3D sometime.



Carl-G said:

I am not even going to bother thinking about it or comment about it(oops well i just did) O.k all i will say is everything last time on my wants List i didn't get so what comes, comes




Sony's lack of support for 3D on the PS4 would stop me considering going to 4k when it becomes more affordable.



kensredemption said:

Nintendo updated the Wii U's firmware more often than both MS and Sony and delivered more features and stability patches each time. I'm starting to get annoyed with my PS4 crashing at inopportune times while I'm playing XIV.



FiDRoC said:

@Reverend_Skeeve Just thought I'd try District 9 in my machine and it seemed like it wasn't going to work for me either. It got as far as the menu where you select Human / Prawn then I got a blank screen for quite some time but it must've been downloading the menu. Took a lot longer than it should but it did start eventually

I reckon Sony have been sat on a 3D Blu-ray update for some time just so they can trump Microsoft when they release their version. It seems odd that they've not addressed this yet ... I've a load of 3D films sat on my shelf I can't watch



benrawr said:

I'm really glad I splashed out on a 1.5TB HDD as, unlike with my PS3, I've not deleted a single thing I've put on there and there's so much room left to fill!



rastamadeus said:

@RawWilson1 And we need a icon on the screen coming on when a friend is online. It's so mind-numbingly stupid that that feature isn't on the PS4. Being able to put games in folders so they're not just there in a long line would be nice too.

@3Above People complained about the PS3 updates as they were frequent and added nothing. People complain about the PS4 updates as features which are common sense are missing and Sony is showing no signs of adding them while Microsoft is showing a willingness to quickly fix mistakes it has made and add new stuff in a regular fashion. Simple.

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