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PlayStation 4 firmware 4.0 starts rolling out today

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I’ve been running the PlayStation 4 beta firmware 4.00 for a while now, and I have to say it’s made the PlayStation 4 experience a better one – not least of all because of the inclusion of folders. Yes, you can finally create folders and customise your UI instead of having it a cluttered mess.

There’s a lot more to it, too – like better sharing features, higher quality game capture and a new quick menu that makes fiddling with setting while in-game a breeze. The update is out of beta, and begins rolling out today.

But there’s more coming that’s not available in the current beta. The PlayStation Blog has outlined a few new features that’ll hit the PS4 with today’s update. One of them is the much touted HDR that Sony promised at the Ps4 Pro reveal would be coming to every PlayStation 4.

’When we announced PS4 Pro and the new slimmer PS4 last week, we also announced that all PlayStation 4 systems — back to the very first console sold in 2013 — would be HDR capable. After updating your system to version 4.00, you’ll see HDR settings in the Video Output Settings and be ready to enjoy HDR gaming and entertainment content once it’s available on any PS4 system you own. Of course, you’ll need an HDR compatible display as well.”

There’s also a new Quick Music feature in the menu that allows easy control of Spotify. But seeing “that Spotify isn’t available here in South Africa, this feature is a bit pointless.

“In addition to updating the Quick Menu to make it easier to access without leaving your game by having it cover only a portion of the screen and making it more customizable, we’ve also added several new items to the menu. One new addition to the Quick Menu that wasn’t featured in the beta program is an enhanced Music section to allow you to discover, play, and control Spotify without needing to open the app.

From the Music section of the Quick Menu you’ll now be able to play, pause, skip, shuffle, repeat and save songs. The Music section also allows you to discover recommended playlists for the game you’re playing and view your saved Spotify playlists and songs. When you select a playlist, you’ll be able to see all upcoming songs and choose to play all, or select an individual song to listen to from that playlist.

The PlayStation Music team and Spotify have been working with your favorite game creators to create playlists to enhance your gameplay. Follow PlayStation Music on Spotify to get the latest gaming playlists first.”

On top of that, the new firmware adds easy ways to transfer data between PlayStation 4 systems – so if you do decide to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 Pro, you’ll be able to transfer your content across using an Ethernet cable.

Getting a PlayStation 4 Pro once it’s out? This new update also adds PS4 Pro specific features:

  • 1080p streaming for Remote Play on PC/Mac and compatible Xperia devices
  • 1080p streaming for Share Play
  • 1080p 30/60fps live broadcasting on YouTube
  • 1080p 30fps live broadcasting on Twitch

It’s a pretty good update, adding many requested features – and it’ll be hitting your PlayStation 4 today. Expect it to be in the region of around 300MB if you’re doing an incremental update.

Last Updated: September 13, 2016


  1. ??????? ????? ™

    September 13, 2016 at 08:02

    How big is the PS4 OS?

    So out of 500GB/1TB, how much of it is ‘unusable’?

    (not trolling, just curious)


    • Dutch Matrix

      September 13, 2016 at 08:11

      How big is ps4 OS?
      The PlayStation 4 boasts a massive 500GB
      internal hard drive, but how much of it can you actually access? After
      tinkering with it, it turns out most of the space is available for games
      or apps. 407 GB of the 500 GB hard drive is available, with 93 GB of storage saved for the OS. PS4: Hard Drive Full at 407GBs.


      • ??????? ????? ™

        September 13, 2016 at 08:14

        That is an old article.

        There has been many updates since then.

        Still, 93GB for OS is moerse


        • Dutch Matrix

          September 13, 2016 at 08:18

          Yeah look. I googled and took the first result I found. 93GB of Storage saved for the OS sounds like 93GB allocated for the OS, but less than that being used. If that is true, then a practice of allocate a little too much is bettern than not allocating enough for future updates.


      • Dawid Eduard Roestorf

        September 13, 2016 at 09:15

        Firstly, a 500gb hdd only gives you 465GB of usable space: “1GB according to the disk manufacturers is equal to 1,000,000,000 bytes. According to how the operating system (and the rest of the computing world) calculates it, it’s equal to 1,024 megabytes, which in turn are equal to 1,024 kilobytes, which are themselves equal to 1,024 bytes. So one GB as per the disk manufacturer is really 1,000,000,000 / (1,024 x 1,024 x 1,024) = .931GB as measured by everybody else. So a “500GB” disk has 500 x .931GB of storage, or 465GB.

        This isn’t because your system isn’t showing some available storage or because the formatting lost storage – it’s just the byproduct of the disk manufacturers exaggerating the storage capacity. It’s similar to stereo manufacturers overstating the wattage of their systems, tv manufacturers overstating the dimensions of their tv’s, homebuilders overstating the square footage of houses, etc.”

        Second, the space kept aside has got 2 purposes. Firstly it is for the OS, and secondly, it is for Streaming, preloading of certain games, sharing etc. Essentially it is virtual memory.


      • mjh49783ab

        September 14, 2016 at 01:13

        500Gb? Massive? What a joke! I swapped it out for a 2Tb drive at the first opportunity, put that 500Gb in my old PS3, and I STILL filled it up!


  2. Dutch Matrix

    September 13, 2016 at 08:23

    What’s really amiss here is decent backup feature. With the size of games these day, especially those bought from the Playstation store, a nice backup to external drive feature would be awesome!


    • Geoffrey Tim

      September 13, 2016 at 08:34

      That’s been in the PS4 for ages. I have backed up my entire library to an external USB drive.


      • Dutch Matrix

        September 13, 2016 at 08:42

        Thanks man. It is either well hidden or I have not spent all that much time looking for it.


        • SwiftSlug

          September 13, 2016 at 09:17

          Settings – System – Backup and restore and just make sure the box under Applications is ticked.


          • Dutch Matrix

            September 13, 2016 at 09:25

            Thanks. WIll have a look when I plug in the PS4 again…

  3. Gavin Mannion

    September 13, 2016 at 10:28

    Not available for me yet.. .why do you lie to me Geoff? Whyyyyy


    • SwiftSlug

      September 13, 2016 at 10:55

      Just started downloading on mine.


    • Nikola

      September 13, 2016 at 11:42

      Well clearly Geoff is a liar now we all know it!


  4. SA_intZA

    September 13, 2016 at 12:19

    I want to know how the older PS4’s will do HDR with only HDMI 1.4


  5. jo jo

    September 13, 2016 at 23:08

    Pretty sure it just crashed my ps4


  6. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    September 15, 2016 at 06:07



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