PS4 update 4.50 now available

PlayStation 4 system software update 4.50 is now available worldwide.

Get the full list of changes below.
Main features in the version 4.50 update

    You can now use a USB storage device to install applications, or move applications from your PS4’s system storage. The following USB storage devices can be used. Select (Settings) > [Devices] > [USB Storage Devices], select the connected USB storage device, and then format it for use as extended storage.
    —External hard disk drive
    —USB 3.0 or later
    —250 GB minimum, 8 TB maximum capacity
    The quick menu is now more user friendly. Creating, joining, and other party features are even easier to access.
    (Notifications) has been redesigned. All notifications now appear in a single list.
    When using Remote Play on a Windows PC, Mac, Xperia Smartphone, or Xperia Tablet, you can now use your device’s microphone for voice chat in games or in parties.
    You can now use screenshots to customize the background of your home screen and function screen. Select (Settings) > [Themes] > [Select Theme] > [Custom].
    You can now post screenshots directly to activities, such as those shown in [What’s New]. Press the SHARE button, select [Screenshot], and then select [Activities] as the upload destination. Also, you can now tag games and fellow players.
    You can now post animated GIFs to activities and social applications.
    Your status is now visible as [Mobile] when you sign in to an application such as (PlayStation App), even when you are away from your PS4 system. This means you are available to communicate with Friends.
    You can now make a party public or private even after the party has been created. Select (Party) > [Party Settings] > [Party Privacy].
    PlayStation VR now supports Blu-ray 3D content.

Other features in version 4.50

    The PS4 system you use to sign in to PlayStation Network for the first time is now automatically activated as your primary PS4 system.
    As a parent or guardian, you can now easily create sub accounts for your children when creating your master account.
    You can now upload or download saved data fright from the home screen. Press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Upload/Download Saved Data].
    You now have the option to share screenshots on PlayStation Network. When sharing, you can also adjust privacy settings.
    You can now launch (SHAREfactory) right from (Capture Gallery). Press the OPTIONS button while viewing (Capture Gallery) and then select [Edit in SHAREfactory].
    You can now change the color fo your profile screen to match the cover image. On your profile screen, select (Options) > [Change Cover Image] > [Change Background Color].
    When reporting inappropriate content, you can now preview your report before sending.
    The design of (PS4 Remote Play) for Xperia has been updated.
    When you receive a party invitation, you can now respond from (Messages) or (PS Messages) with a quick reply.
    Your profile screen cover image on your PS4 system is now displayed in (PS Messages).
    Cinematic mode image quality on PlayStation VR has been improved.

Update 4.50 for the Playstation 4 (PS4) begins rolling out today in North America and Europe. The update includes a number of useful improvements led by the ability to easily get around the PS4’s too-small internal hard drive by connecting an external drive to the console.
The PS4’s 500 gigabyte HDD was recognized as a serious limitation from the day the console launched. Players quickly found themselves having to delete partially finished games to make room for new ones. The only way to increase your storage space was to take the system apart and install a bigger drive – which many players were reluctant to do – or replace your PS4 with a PS4 Pro which has one TB of storage.
Update 4.50 solves this problem. You can now connect up to an 8TB external USB 3.0 HDD to the PS4. Games will download, install and play from the external drive and will appear in the Content Launcher on the PS4 Home Screen. Saved game files will be stored on the console's internal drive.

External storage isn’t the only improvement coming with update 4.50. Here are some of the others.
  • Any of your in-game screenshots can be set as your custom wallpaper. The system will suggest complimentary colors to go along with the screenshot you choose.
  • A Boost Mode has been added to the PS4 Pro which improves the graphics for some older PS4 games that have not been patched to take advantage of the Pro's increased processing power. Boost Mode may improve frame rates, improve frame rate stability and decrease load times. Sony warns that Boost Mode doesn’t work with all titles and may need to be turned off.
  • You will be able to watch 3D Blu-ray movies with the Playstation VR. Also, screen resolution for Playstation VR’s Cinematic Mode is improved.
  • The Quick Menu (accessed by a long-press on the PS button) takes up less space on the screen and has more functions such as the ability to create or join parties and invite friends without having to launch Playstation’s Party app.
Update 4.50 also includes enhancements to SHAREfactory, What’s New, the Notifications app, and more. For more details check out these February and March posts on the Playstation blog.
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