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Sony has confirmed that the next major software update for the PlayStation 4, version 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke), will begin rolling out tomorrow to the general public. Update: It's now available, you can download it here.
John Koller, Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing at SIEA, outlined in a recent blog post some of the noteworthy features the update delivers including improved 2D images on PlayStation VR and voice chat when using Remote Play on Windows PC, Mac or on an Xperia device.
Most intriguing of all, however, may be the new Boost Mode for PlayStation 4 Pro.
As the name suggests, this feature is designed to improve performance when playing legacy titles that haven't yet been optimized for the faster console. Koller said Boost Mode can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to games with variable frame rates and may also result in shorter load times. To enable it, simply go to Settings -> System and toggle it on.
It may not work for all games, however, so you may need to turn it off if you experience unexpected behavior while playing.
These are in addition to some of the key features Sony shared last month including support for external hard drives and custom wallpapers, Quick Menu improvements, a simplified notification list and the ability to watch 3D Blu-ray movies on PSVR.
Koller said the PS Messages and PS Communities apps for Android and iOS will also be updated tomorrow with a handful of new features as outlined below:
- When you receive a Party invitation from your friends on PS Messages, now you can respond with a quick reply, "I'll join later" or "Sorry, I can't join," when you want to get back to them ASAP.
- On the Communities app, you can now easily check the PSN service status under Settings > View Status of PSN Services.
- Also on the Communities app, iOS users can tell at a glance if there are any new posts in their community by checking the badge app icon (the number in a red circle at the top-right corner of the app's icon).