PlayStation 4 is getting a major update soon, as announced on the PlayStation blog yesterday. Patch 4.5 will be hitting beta next month, but you can sign up now.
Things you'll need to be in the beta:
- 18 years or older
- PS4 with an internet connection
- Master Account on the system
- A working email attached to your PSN account (for beta notification and download instructions)
The 4.5 beta will start in "early February" and you won't be able to sign up for it after it begins, so sign up now if you want a shot. If there are any issues with the beta on your system, you can always roll back to the stable build at any time.
No word yet on what features it will contain nor when it will go live. If the last update is any indication, the patch will come a month after the beta and we'll find out what major features it contains right before the beta starts. The last major update, the "Shingen" patch 4.00, came out in September. The corresponding beta for it started a month earlier in August. Beta testers for 4.00 got to preview PS4 UI refresh, Folders, and the revised Quick Menu.
The 4.00 update itself included a few features not seen on beta, in addition to the ones that were beta tested:
- A revised Quick Menu
- A Music section added to the Quick Menu for Spotify (not on beta)
- PlayStation 4 Pro Updates for streaming and broadcasting
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) support
- A redesigned What’s New section to see what your friends are up to
- Redesigned Content Info Screen
- Data Transfer to New PS4 over a wired LAN connection (games, user info, and saved data)
- Updated Share Menu
Sony has been quick to update the actual consoles as well. Back in September they announced two new versions: the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim. The Slim debuted shortly after the announcement on September 16 and the Pro version came out a couple months later in November. They even branched into virtual reality with the PlayStation VR, which came out in October.
If you're thinking of upgrading before the beta comes out, check out 5 things you should know before buying PlayStation VR or a review of the PSVR headset the day it came out.
For those of you wondering how much longer your PlayStation 4 will be relevant, you have a bit of a wait until the next generation. Word on the street is that the PlayStation 5 is in development and may come out in the latter half of 2018.