PS4 Update 4.50 Adds Custom Wallpapers, External HDD Support, More

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has shared the first details for the latest PlayStation 4 system software update.

The new update, version 4.50, brings with it external harddrive support, custom background support, and more. It’s now available via a closed beta to select PlayStation Network users.

Here’s a rundown on the update, via Sony:

External HDD Support

This is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size. You can download and install applications directly to your extra storage, and the saved contents are easily manageable through the settings menu.

Also, all the applications saved in the external HDD will appear in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen so it’s easy to keep track of what apps you launched recently.

Custom Wallpapers

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

You can also quickly access the Notification settings from the Options Menu to turn off or customize which pop-up notifications appear on your screen, so you’re only being notified about your top priorities.

Post on PlayStation Network Activity Feeds

We’re adding the ability to post directly into the Activity Feed, which appears in a variety of places across the console, including What’s New. Under What’s New, you’ll see a new option to post things like text, screenshots, and gifs directly into your Activity Feed. You can also tag games or other users to make sure they don’t miss your post. It’s a great way to show off your greatest triumphs.

Tying into this new feature, Live from PlayStation will show screenshots that users uploaded to PSN as a Public Activity, so you can show off your best gameplay moments not only to your friends, but to users around the globe.

3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR

If you’re a fan of 3D movies, and you own PlayStation VR, we’ve got good news — this update adds the ability to view 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Sony is going to reveal more features and launch information for the update in the coming weeks.

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  • Mr0303

    Cool. The external HDD support is something a lot of people requested. Hopefully the next update will allow us to pin folders.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    >External HDDs
    Fucking finally.

  • NeoTechni

    Very impressive. The only thing left on my wishlist is adding invert Y to the control remapper. Although I’d like bluray/dvd streaming over remote play, but Sony’s too arrogant for that…

  • >Custom Wallpapers

    I’d still like the ability to set wallpaper from an image copied off a USB drive myself.

    I’m still hoping for the ability to dump “What’s New” and “TV & Video” into a folder, though.

  • OldPalpy

    They’re also adding a option to not handicap the Pro’s hardware when using games that haven’t been updated for it, it will be interesting to see what the actual gains are from this.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Like the X1S? Sounds good, where was that confirmed?

  • NeoTechni

    I find it weird the TV & Video folder itself isn’t like the other folders. Why make 2 kinds of folders and only use 1 of them once? And then take 2 years to let us make folders of our own?

  • OldPalpy
  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’ll be nice to play Bloodborne without the shit frame pacing and drops.

  • Heresy Hammer

    So it’s becoming more like a pc :^)

  • Eldhin Hellknight

    Now they just need to add the option to download/upload files in the web browser. Something that even the Vita can do

  • RPG

    It is nice to see that External HDD support is finally being made available.
    I am still holding out hope for increased folder support/functionality (shove the useless shit in a folder forever), and the ability to change our online usernames.

  • Obbliglol

    Nice, sounds silly, but it’s annoying how you can’t change your own wallpaper. Maybe one day we’ll get custom theme support.

  • 草薙 素子

    No mention of boost mode, huh?

    Bubble bursting time: For custom wallpapers you can’t use pictures from the media app or from a USB stick. … So you’ll have to obtain all your wallpapers by screenshotting in the PS4 Browser or using the phone app to message pictures to a friend and downloading those pictures on the console.

  • PS4 wins yet again. 60 million strong. Keep the train going.

  • Joe

    They still need proper folder support (not the disorganized mess sorted by date they have now) plus the ability to add/delete individual DLC and patches separate from the core installs. So I’d say at this point, halfway into the console generation, their POS ui is still only half functional.

  • Fandangle

    yes and no.

    It’s more like “We’re finally getting around to adding back all those features that we already had on the PS3 and Vita.”

  • SiliconNooB


  • 草薙 素子

    So like, press the options button while hovering over a folder and click “Edit folder.” From the menu which pops up you can manually sort the items in said folder. Ta-da.

  • NeoSkyte

    I’m glad that now they’ll be supporting external HDDs. Disappointed in the custom wallpaper since I prefer to use the wallpapers I have on my PC rather than screenshots.

  • Astro

    Sweet, external HDD support is always nice (of course this would happen right when I buy a 2.5″ 2TB hard drive to replace my current one). But still, fantastic all the same. “Custom Wallpapers” sounds nice but it’s just being able to use a screencap as a background; It’s not like we can change color schemes or anything, which is disappointing honestly.

  • Nagato

    Hope they’ll bring back official Linux support again too.

  • Fenrir007

    Holy shit finally an update that adds something useful.

  • Quetzalcoatl

    Just go 2 imgur on a browser.
    Hit capture.

  • le master trole

    never ever