PlayStation 4 System Update 4.50 Now Available

Sony Interactive Entertainment has released system update 4.50 for PlayStation 4.

The new update is now available worldwide, and it brings with it a host of new features and changes, including: Boost Mode on PlayStation 4 Pro, Remote Play microphone support, external harddrive support, and more.

Here’s the entire list of new things in the update:


Main Features

  • 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

  • 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.
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  • Mr0303

    That was a nice update excluding the unification of the notifications – before it was much more organised.

  • Is it possible to dump “What’s new” and “TV and Video” into a folder yet… or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

  • Cerea

    Now if we could only add music to the custom theme…

  • Fenrir007

    Oh shit, time to update! I can finally install all my weeaboo garbage at once.

  • Right? It’s actually fucking annoying to look at.