Firmware Updates - News


  • Feature 5 PS4 Firmware Update Features We Want in 2018

    Final polish

    Sony didn’t update the PlayStation 4 much in 2017 – it didn’t really need to. We finally got external hard drive support, ticking off one of the system’s most oft-requested features since launch. And the manufacturer also completely overhauled the platform’s parental controls feature set. Beyond that, though, it’s becoming...

  • News PS4 Firmware 5.50 Incoming as Sony Opens Beta Test Sign-Ups

    The big 5.50

    The PlayStation 4's next big firmware update is in the works, Sony has revealed. The company's currently asking Japanese users to sign up for firmware 5.50 beta testing, meaning that it's only a matter of time before registration opens in North America and Europe, too. There are no details on what firmware 5.50 will include...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 5.03 Does Exactly What You Expect

    Improves system performance

    ‘Tis the season of cheer, and what better bringer of joy than a PlayStation 4 firmware update? Sony’s unleashed the optional PS4 firmware update 5.03 today, and as you’d expect, it does naff all. As is often the case, the platform holder’s patch notes explain that the patch will “improve system performance”...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 5.01 Arrives to Squash Some Bugs

    Available to download now

    There’s a new PlayStation 4 firmware update available now – but don’t get too excited, as it merely improves system software performance. The patch – dubbed 5.01 for those keeping count – weighs in at 374MB but appears to be optional, so you won’t necessarily need to have it installed if you want to connect to...

  • Feature 5 PS4 Firmware Update 5.00 Features You May Not Have Noticed

    Quality of life

    PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.00 is out and… Well, look, it’s not the greatest update in the history of the console. But we’ve been faffing around with the system software refresh over the past 24 hours and we’ve stumbled upon five or so nifty new features that you may not know about. These range from the addition of an...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 5.00 Is Finally Out Now

    Download it now

    After a particularly prolonged beta testing period, PlayStation 4 firmware update v5.00 has finally gone live. Weighing in at a meaty 374.7MB, the new system software doesn’t bring as many meaningful features as you may be anticipating. Some headlines include changes to the sub-account system, quality of life revisions to the Quick...


  • News A Wild PS4 Firmware Update 4.74 Appears

    Stable as a table

    Sony has released a new PlayStation 4 firmware update – and no, it’s not the underwhelming 5.00 just yet. Weirdly, if you’re in the beta for the new system software, you'll have to install this to play online, which apparently removes you from the test. Really weird. The update itself doesn’t do much other than improve...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 5.00 Full List of Features Revealed

    Beta goes live today with some surprises

    Sony’s outlined the full list of features that you can expect to find in PlayStation 4 firmware update v5.00, and it’s much the same as what leaked recently. To recap, the platform holder’s redesigning sub-accounts on the PlayStation Network to make it easier for adults to control what their children...

  • News PS4 Firmware 5.0 Features Leaked Ahead of Beta Testing

    High five?

    Well well well, what do we have here? Eurogamer have got their hands on the release notes for the upcoming PlayStation 4 firmware 5.0, which reveal the various software enhancements that Sony is set to implement. To be brutally honest, though, we're not looking at anything too exciting this time around. For starters, 5.0 will allow you...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.73 Is Available to Download Now

    Another one

    Bloody hell, it's a long and winding road to firmware 5.0 isn't it? Sony's released yet another smaller PlayStation 4 software update in the form of version 4.73, which you can download and install right now. Don't get too excited, though -- this one's all about improving that "quality of system performance". Firmware version 4.73...



  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.71 Is Available to Download Now

    It's an optional one

    Hop onto your PlayStation 4 right now and you'll find that there's a new firmware update available to download. Don't get excited just yet, though - the update is entirely optional and simply promises "improvements to the quality of the system performance". Still, one step closer to version 5.0, eh? Do you always update your...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.55 Puts in Shock Appearance

    But what does it do?

    It's a PlayStation 4 firmware update day – but not one of the good ones. Sony's sneakily launched system software v4.55 today, which improves the stability of your console. In other words, it's bringing some behind-the-scenes bug fixes and not a lot else. The patch weighs in at just 339.9MB so shouldn't take long to...




  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.5 Coming Soon

    Sony wants beta testers

    Sony's revealed that it's looking for beta testers to try out the PlayStation 4's next firmware update. In other words, the current-gen system's getting a software refresh at some point in the near future. There's currently no word on what update 4.5 will actually do, but given that it'll be going through a beta testing...

  • Feature 5 PS4 Firmware Updates Sony Needs to Add in 2017

    Everyday improvements

    While its competitors have been putting out firmware updates more frequently, you can't really say that the PlayStation 4's fallen behind. The console's been in a sturdy state since launch, and any updates since then have only served to improve the experience. In fact, outside of a handful of oft-requested features, we...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.07 Puts in a Surprise Appearance

    Quality of life

    There's a new PlayStation 4 firmware update out, but given the low-key nature of its deployment, you can probably hazard a guess at its purpose. Weighing in at 312.3MB, the patch promises to "improve the quality of the system performance". No material changes, then. This one appears to be optional as we were able to connect to the...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.06 Improves the Quality of Your Console


    PlayStation 4 firmware update v4.06 has put in a surprise appearance today, and rather than stabilising the system, it promises to improve the "quality" of your console. We're not entirely sure what that means, but okay. The update weighs in at 312.3MB, so it isn't exactly going to break through your bandwidth cap. It is mandatory, however,...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.05 Improves the Quality of System Performance

    Stable again

    Today's unexpected PlayStation 4 firmware update may still be vague, but it's bringing "quality" to the system's performance – rather than the usual "stability". Weighing in at 312.1MB and mandatory if you want to play online, v4.05 is available now. It's unclear at the time of typing what improvements it actually brings, but...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.01 Puts in a Surprise Appearance

    Stable stuff

    Sony's dropped a new PlayStation 4 firmware update this morning, which will bring added stability to your system. Our understanding is that this update – dubbed v4.01 and weighing in at 312.1MB – has been rolled out with PlayStation VR in mind, though there's nothing in the patch notes to back that up. Probably bug fixes and the...


  • Video PS4 Firmware Update 4.00's Secret Neatest Feature

    Sing song

    PlayStation 4's latest firmware update brings a lot of obvious advantages to the new-gen console, but as is so often the case, it's the "secret" features that are causing our pulse to race. Case in point: Spotify's integration with the system now runs so deep that it'll recommend playlists based upon what you're playing. In the video...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.00 Is Available to Download Now

    Weighs in at 312MB

    Sony has released PlayStation 4 firmware update v4.00, which brings with it hotly anticipated features like folders and a spruced up user interface. The patch weighs in at 312MB in total, so if you don't have the fastest Internet connection, you may want to turn on your console on a few minutes before you intend to play, as you...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.00 Adds New Features Tomorrow

    Available to everyone imminently

    The long awaited new PlayStation 4 firmware update – numbered v4.00 and codenamed 'Shingen' – will officially release tomorrow, bringing a bevy of new feature to Sony's best-selling box, including the ability to create folders. In order to celebrate the news, the platform holder's outlined some of the...


  • Video Have a Gander at PS4 Firmware Update 4.00's Features

    Guided tour

    Sony released some screenshots of PlayStation 4 firmware update v4.00 yesterday, and we figured that we'd pick them apart in a super simple video for you. While we don't have access to any video footage yet – we'll get that when the beta goes live, no doubt – there's a lot to glean from the refresh's first batch of screenshots...

  • News Here's Your First Look at Folders on PS4

    Nice 'n' tidy

    As reported earlier today, folders are finally coming to the PlayStation 4 as part of the impending firmware update v4.00 – but how do they look? Well, the Japanese PlayStation Blog has released some screenshots showing off the new system software, and embedded above you can see the oft

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 4.00 Details Revealed by Sony

    Folders! Reworked user interface! Better Trophies!

    Sony's gone ahead and revealed what you can expect from the PlayStation 4's upcoming firmware. The 4.0 download - codenamed Shingen - will finally bring folders to the system, allowing users to sort and organise their games and applications. A good start. To coincide with this new feature, the...

  • Feature 6 Features PS4 Firmware Update 4.00 Must Include

    Making PS4 way better with one update

    Perhaps the biggest disappointment that can be levelled at the PlayStation 4 is that, three years after its original release, it still feels a bit like a launch console. Don't get us wrong: we absolutely adore the device – but there are some really obvious features that have been absent since launch, and...



  • News PS4 Firmware Update 3.55 Doesn't Appear to Do Much

    Oh well

    PlayStation 4 firmware update v3.55 is available now, but it probably doesn't do much. While we don't have access to the patch notes just yet – we'll add any information we can get hold of to the bottom of this post – it's assumed that this 300MB download is merely designed for stability. Perhaps it may pave the way for the eventual...




  • Feature 5 Firmware Updates the PS4 Desperately Needs in 2016

    Sort it out, Sony

    Republished on Wednesday, 17th February 2016: We're bringing this feature back from the archives following the news that Sony is about to beta test PS4 firmware update v3.50. The original text follows. Originally published on Tuesday, 5th January 2016: Pipe down at the back – the PlayStation 4 certainly isn't a turd in its...

  • News Sony Wants You to Test the Next PS4 Firmware Update

    v3.5 incoming

    Its details may be shrouded in secrecy, but Sony wants you to test the next PlayStation 4 firmware update. "Starting today you can sign up to be a beta tester and get a sneak peek at some of the features making their way to your PS4," wrote marketing boffin John Koller on the PlayStation Blog. Exciting, eh? The beta program will...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 3.15 Is Available Now

    But what does it do?

    It's PlayStation 4 firmware update time, so prepare your bandwidth and brace yourself for bitter disappointment: more system stability awaits. The console's latest upgrade – dubbed v3.15 for those keeping count – doesn't make any noticeable changes to Sony's device, but it weighs in at just 275.5MB, so at least you'll be...



  • News PS4 Firmware Update 3.11 Stabilises Your System

    Stable as a table

    Well then, we haven't had one of these for a while. Sony's rolled out a new firmware update for the PlayStation 4, which is mandatory. The update – numbered v3.11 for those keeping count – offers nothing other than system software stability, but you will need to download it if you want to connect to the PlayStation Network...




  • News Sony Wants PS4 Firmware Update Beta Testers

    It could be you

    Sony's on the lookout for good looking people with a PlayStation 4 in order to beta test the next firmware update for the new-gen system. To enrol, you'll need a console, a master account, and an Internet connection – so not a lot, then. If you think that you fit the bill, North Americans can enrol through here, while Europeans...

  • News PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Currently Being Beta Tested

    YouTube broadcasting, Twitter videos, and more

    After what feels like an eternal wait, Sony is currently beta testing firmware update v3.00 for the PlayStation 4. The news comes courtesy of a Japanese blog, but looks legitimate to us. Those of you with long memories may recall that the manufacturer rolled out a beta for firmware update v2.50, so...


  • News PS4 Firmware Update 2.57 Is Out Now

    System stability only, we're afraid

    Has your PlayStation 4 been feeling a little unstable of late? Good news, Sony's released a new firmware update for the new-gen format, pledging improvements "during the use of some features". Sorry, there's no word on what those actually are. This is an optional download, though, so we're assuming that it's not...

  • Rumour Future PS4 Firmware Update Adding Calendar App

    Pick your moment

    You may never lose track of your gaming schedule again, as it looks like a calendar is being added to the PlayStation 4 as part of a future firmware update. Eagle eyed gamers spotted an extra icon on the promotional images used for the European version of Journey's dynamic theme, and it very much alludes to some kind of on-board...

  • News A New PS4 Firmware Update Is Available to Download Right Now

    Don't get too excited

    You know all those cool software features that you so desperately want on your PlayStation 4? Well, you're not getting them just yet, because Sony's pumped out PS4 Firmware Update 2.55. Want to guess what it does? Yes, it's a good old stability patch, folks. The download itself is mandatory, so you'll need this if you want...


  • News PS Vita Firmware Update 3.52 Increases System Stability

    Steady as a rock

    While the PlayStation Vita may be a "legacy" system these days, Sony clearly still sees the need to increase the device's software stability. A new firmware update – numbered v3.52 for those keeping count – deployed overnight, offering no other tangible changes. To grab the download, just head to the Settings bubble and select...



  • News PS4 Firmware Update 2.51 Is Live and Kicking

    Mandatory download up now

    Sony's finally got around to releasing that PlayStation 4 firmware update that leaked the other week. The patch – dubbed v2.51 – is mandatory, and is available now. It weighs in at 245MB, and promises both enhanced "system stability" and improved "operation quality". We'll have a poke around shortly and let you know...

  • News Sony's Prepping a New PS4 Firmware Update

    We wonder what that could be

    It looks like Sony's going to release a new PlayStation 4 firmware update in the very near future, if a download file on the official PlayStation website is anything to go by. Dubbed update 2.51, it'll most likely be a standard stability upgrade, following up from the recent launch of firmware update 2.50. Details...

  • News Your PS Vita Is More Powerful Than Ever Before

    Sony unlocks extra memory

    PlayStation Vita firmware update v3.50 seemed like a bit of a non-event for Sony's handheld format, removing more features than it added. However, as part of a presentation at the Unite Tokyo 2015 event – as spotted and translated by NeoGAF member Parakeetman – the platform holder revealed that the new patch enables...

  • News Tell This Person What You Want in PS4's Next Firmware Update

    It might just make the grade

    Sony's done decently enough in the PlayStation 4 firmware update department – Suspend/Resume is a Godsend – but it does seem to take its time between patches. This makes it extra frustrating when your most demanded feature doesn't make the shortlist, as you know that it's going to be a while before the...


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