PS4 Firmware Update 4.50 Features Detailed, Reportedly Improves Frame Rate On Pro

PS4 users should be excited to know about the upcoming PS4 firmware update. This update is currently in beta testing phase and available to select users who have applied for the beta test for their PS4.

The new features in this update include the requested external hard disk support, which is promised to feature up to 8 TB of hard disk. Users can now also say good bye to themes and will be able to utilize their own custom wallpaper on the PS4.

External HDD Support

It’s easy to upgrade the HDD that came with your PS4, but if you’re still looking for more storage space on the console, we’ve got you covered. With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console.

Custom Wallpapers

This update adds the ability to set your favorite in-game screenshot as the background image for PS4’s home screen. Drop-shadows on text, and the option to dim the Function Area, will help keep the system icons and texts on the home screen clearly visible even if the background image you selected is super bright.

Quick Menu Refresh

As you may know, in the last system update we overhauled the PS4 Quick Menu feature (the menu that appears after a long press of the PS button on DualShock 4).

Post on PlayStation Network Activity Feeds

We’re adding the ability to post directly into the Activity Feed, which appears in a variety of places across the console, including What’s New. Under What’s New, you’ll see a new option to post things like text, screenshots, and gifs directly into your Activity Feed. You can also tag games or other users to make sure they don’t miss your post. It’s a great way to show off your greatest triumphs.

3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR

If you’re a fan of 3D movies, and you own PlayStation VR, we’ve got good news — this update adds the ability to view 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D directly on the PS VR headset. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

The most surprising addition in this new update and something that was kept a secret, is the inclusion of a ‘boost’ mode on the PS4 Pro. This mode reportedly unlocks the more powerful hardware of the PS4 Pro for games that never received an update to enable PS4 Pro support. While this mode won’t improve the graphics, it has been confirmed to improve the frame rate in several games like Just Cause 3, Dying Light and The Evil Within. Even Bloodborne now features an improved frame rate on the PS4 Pro if the game is run in ‘boost’ mode.

Let us know what you think about the features implemented in this new update in the comments below.

Khurram Imtiaz

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