Sony Details PS4 Firmware 4.50, Includes Support For External Hard Drives
Sony has announced the details of the upcoming PS4 Firmware 4.50 update. Starting today, selected beta users will be able to get an early look at the most important additions of Firmware 4.50. The software update is codenamed Sasuke and selected beta users will receive an email with instructions on how to get started.
One of the most notable new features is external hard drive support, a highly requested feature. Despite being able to upgrade the internal hard drive of PS4’s, gamers were still running out of storage space. Starting from 4.50, you’ll be able to use an external USB 3.0 hard drive and store content on it. Apps, games and captured images and videos can be stored on the external device. Sony states that the PS4 will support external hard drives up to 8TB in size.
The new firmware will also allow users to transfer data between the internal and external drive.
Another new feature of Sasuke is the ability to set custom wallpapers. You can set in-game screenshots as a custom background and Sony will allow for customization of drop-shadows on text and the ability to dim the function area in order to keep the home menu clean. Next to screenshots, you can use Sharefactory to create your own custom wallpaper.
The quick menu has also been given an update. This menu shows up when you press the PlayStation button on your controller and it isn’t as intrusive as before. Instead of covering around two-thirds of your game, the quick menu will only cover half of the gameplay screen. There’s also easy access to party features such as chat, the party system and viewing your online friends – all from the quick menu.
There’s also an overhaul in notifications as well. Instead of using tabs such as Game Alerts, Downloads and Uploads to specify the nature of a notification, 4.50 will push all notifications to a single, simple list.
The activity feed will become more active and particularly more social, including in the What’s New section. There will be a new option available to post all sorts of different things such as text, screenshots and gif-files straight to the activity feed, which gives it a more Facebookesque feeling. You can also tag your friends in these posts. The Live from PlayStation app will also include uploaded user screenshots from now on.
Last, but not least, PSVR users will be glad to hear that PS4 Firmware 4.50 will allow for the viewing of 3D Blu-Ray movies. The update will allow users to watch stereoscopic 3D movies directly on the virtual reality headset.
According to Sony, the final version of PS4 Firmware 4.50 will bring even more features to the table. The beta starts rolling out now, and a stable release will most likely occur within the following months.