PlayStation 4 System Update 4.50 Launches March 9

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced the release date for system update 4.50 for PlayStation 4.

The new update will launch worldwide tomorrow, March 9th. Users can expect new features like external harddrive support, voice chat on remote play, and more.

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


External HDD

As we previously mentioned, 4.50 allows to download and store PS4 games and apps to an external HDD. Insert your USB 3.0 HDD into your console, and select it from ‘USB Storage Devices’ from ‘Devices’ in Settings to format it so it’s ready to use (note, any previously stored content will be wiped from the HDD).

Improved 2D Images on PS VR
If you’re playing a game in PS VR and you return to the PS4 home screen, you may notice that the resolution looks lower than normal on the TV Social Screen. Following this update, you’ll find that the resolution of the system screen displayed on your TV is significantly better when you’re out of VR mode.

Also, the resolution of Cinematic Mode on PS VR will improve — if your PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium, the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode goes up from 90Hz to 120Hz with this update.

Voice Chat for Remote Play
We’re adding voice chat when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or an Xperia device. This is especially useful if you’ve got a gaming session planned with your friends, but you’re away from your system. You can switch your mic on and off via the microphone icon on the Tool Bar of the Remote Play app.

Off Console Availability
We have a variety of off-console apps and features that make communication with other gamers easier, like the PlayStation App and PS Messages. We’re adding an icon, shaped like a smartphone, which indicates a player is logged into PSN but away from their system.

Boost Mode (for PlayStation 4 Pro only)
PS4 Pro gets a new feature in this update called Boost Mode. This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU.

This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times. You can turn on Boost Mode by going to Settings > System.

Keep in mind that Boost Mode is not guaranteed to work with all titles. Turning the setting off will allow the game to be played in a mode that replicates the standard PS4.

PS Messages and Communities app Updates

We’re also updating the PS Messages (Android/iOS) and PS Communities (Android/iOS) apps tomorrow with a few handy features.

  • When you receive a Party invitation from your friends on PS Messages, now you can respond with a quick reply, “I’ll join later” or “Sorry, I can’t join,” when you want to get back to them ASAP.
  • On the Communities app, you can now easily check the PSN service status under Settings > View Status of PSN Services.
  • Also on the Communities app, iOS users can tell at a glance if there are any new posts in their community by checking the badge app icon (the number in a red circle at the top-right corner of the app’s icon).

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on all these new features, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments. We’re listening and always appreciate your feedback!

Brandon Orselli

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  • Mr0303

    The external HDD support is the big one here. I haven’t run out of space, but it’s a good convenience. The improved PSVR features are also nice.

  • Obbliglol

    That Boost mode is quite tempting.

  • Yeah, I already threw a 2TB drive in to my PS4, but knowing I can just get an external if I ever fill it up is a nice feeling. Boost Mode also sounds nice, but i’m not gonna get rid of my current PS4 and shell out another $300+ for a few extra frames

  • DrearierSpider

    It’s a nice feature, but there’s a good few titles that get no benefit from it (including big ones such as Bloodborne).

  • Mr0303

    I’m not a fan of these mid generational upgrades – they are completely antithetical to the console market.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s a shame that the frame pacing will probably never get fixed.

  • shru

    Hopefully this so-called “Boost Mode” can be disabled or enabled as per user preference. I will be irate if this update rolls out and I’m never able to The Order: 1866 at it’s artistically-intended framerate again.

  • Quite so. It’s really a slap in the face. It’s practically two slaps when you consider how little of a difference it makes on most games; only really working noticeably-well with some titles.