Sony has released a new PS4 system update (version 5.05) for both PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro consoles. According to Sony, the main feature of the latest PS4 system update 5.05 is that it, “improves system performance” on the console.
It is important to note that the patch note is referring to the performance of the operating system, allowing for supposedly snappier and lag-free movement when navigating the main menu and multitasking.
It will not, however, improve the performance of games running on the console, so don’t expect any increase in frame rates.
As with Sony’s previous system software updates, PS4 system update 5.05 will be mandatory to install if you want to connect to the PlayStation Network for online features like playing online multiplayer games, using the browser or buying games via the PSN store.
The update will come in at a size of around 375 megabytes, making it more or less the same size as the PlayStation’s previous updates.
As with earlier single-digit software updates, the patch notes for the new one don’t list any specifics, only making mention of unspecified system performance improvements.
To download and install the update, you’ll have to navigate to Settings -> System Software Update, click “Next” and then select the “Update” option.
In related Sony software update news, Sony has started taking registrations for users wanting to help beta test PS4 Firmware update 5.50 coming up in February this year. To be eligible to register, you’ll need to possess a PSN master account and be over 18 years old if you live in North America.
It’s important to keep in mind that simply registering does not guarantee that you’ll have access to the beta. Also, if you do get selected for the beta but for whatever reason want to return to an official update; you can switch back accordingly.
The last major update to the PlayStation 4 (update 5.00) improved navigation in the Friends List, redesigned the Quick Menu, made a more robust parental control system and allowed PS4 Pro users to be able to stream their games in 1080p, 60fps. The 5.00 update also added 5.1ch and 7.1ch surround sound support on the PSVR headset.
Also, despite it being a feature that’s frequently requested by the PlayStation users, we won’t be able to change our PSN usernames just yet. Sony, however, hinted at PSX 2017 that the feature may arrive.
Will you sign up for beta testing Sony’s upcoming “major” update? Or would you rather wait for an official update to make its way first? Let us know in the comments below.