Today Sony announced via their blog that the upcoming Playstation 4 software update, version 4.50 has been put in to closed beta to day with a limited number of selected PS4 owners who signed up for the upcoming beta.
PS4 4.50 includes many requested features such as USB hard drive support and custom background images. A special “Boost Mode” for thePS4 is also included in the update. There are many more features included in the beta and more features upcoming the full release. Sony said more information would be released in the coming weeks leading up to the public release of PS4 4.50.
Here is some of the new features with screens shots on a launch PS4. (Unfortunately we do not have access to a PS4 Pro to test the update on.)
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 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.”
Quick Menu Refresh
“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.”
Head over to the Playstation Blog for the full list.
This update looks pretty sweet. If I encounter any bugs I will be reporting them to Sony. Did any of you get in to the PS4 4.50 Beta? Let us know below.