Sony has announced that PS4 Firmware v4.50, which has been in closed beta testing, if officially releasing tomorrow, 9th March 2017. The major firmware brings with it many new features, including external hard drive support, custom wallpapers, and PlayStation VR improvements.
It’s a pretty big update with the following features:
- External HDD – Support for extending internal storage with an external USB 3.0 drive, supporting drives between 250 GB and 8 TB.
- PS VR Improvements – Social Screen resolution improvements, higher resolution Cinematic Mode and 3D Blu-ray disc support.
- Voice chat for Remote Play – voice chat support when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or an Xperia device.
- Off-console availability – the PlayStation App and PS Messages can now indicate that you’re online with a smartphone icon.
- Custom wallpaper & profile colour – Set your own wallpaper from any screenshot you’ve taken. Profile pages now also change colour to match your chosen cover image.
- Share your activity – More granular options over what gets shared in your Activity Feed.
- Activity feed privacy – Set privacy for individual posts, even after it has been posted.
- Save Data Shortcut – Quickly access save data via the Options button menu and the new ‘Upload/Download Saved Data option.
- From Capture Gallery to SHAREfactory – head straight to SHAREfactory from the Options button menu while viewing a screenshot or video in the Capture Gallery
- GIF support – Post GIFs to your Activity Feed, created by SHAREfactory.
- Boost mode (applicable to PlayStation 4 Pro only) – Use the PS4 Pro’s extra power to alleviate CPU or GPU bottlenecks in games not optimised for Pro.
- PS Messages and Communities app updates