PS4 System Software Update 4.50 has now been released. Last month, Sony released some details and key features of an upcoming software update for the PS4. The update, codenamed Sasuke has finally rolled out today, and is a relatively small download: just under 350mb. The update, version 4.50, has brought some major changes and new features, including external HDD support and custom wallpapers. Lets break down all the details:
Off Console Availability
Playstation has a multitude of smartphone apps to help players keep connected, i.e the Playstation App, PS Messages and Communities. Sony has added an icon, shaped like a smartphone, which indicates a player is logged into PSN from their smartphone but away from their console.
Improved 2D Images On PS VR
Fans had been complaining about low resolution on the PS4 Home Screen while using PS VR. This issue has been fixed, and players will find that the resolution on their TV screen will be significantly better when they’re out of VR mode.
Resolution of Cinematic Mode on PS VR has also been improved. Furthermore, the update has increased the frame rate of content viewed in Cinematic Mode from 90Hz to 120Hz if the PS VR screen size is set to Small or Medium.
Voice Chat for Remote Play
Frequent users of Remote Play can rejoice: Sony has finally added voice chat support when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or an Xperia phone. Players that want to play with their friends while theyre away from their system can now use voice chat by switching on their mic via the Tool Bar of the Remote Play app.
Boost Mode for PlayStation 4 Pro (only)
The PS4 Pro has gotten a new feature called Boost Mode. When enabled, Boost Mode, provides better performance for select legacy titles that haven’t been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s comparatively powerful hardware. This provides a frame rate boost to some games, and can stabilise frame rates for games that are programmed at 30Hz or 60Hz. However, Boost Mode only works with select titles and isn’t guaranteed to work with all titles.
Boost Mode can be turned on by accessing Settings > System. Turning Boost Mode off will allow games to be played in a mode that replicates a standard PS4.
What do you think of these new features? Are there any features you’d want to add to the PS4 in the next update? Let us know in the comments below!