The next major PlayStation 4 update hits tomorrow with PS4 System Update 4.50. Announced in early February this system update promises to bring a lot of highly requested features to the best-selling console. Many will be applicable to all PS4 models, such as external HDD support, but Boost Mode will be the big change for those who have purchased a PS4 Pro.
About PS4 Pro’s new Boost Mode Sony says “This feature has been designed to provide better performance for select legacy titles that have not been patched to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s faster CPU and its faster and double-sized GPU. This can provide a noticeable frame rate boost to some games with variable frame rates, and can provide frame rate stability for games that are programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times.”
To turn it on just head into the Settings app and go to System, there should be a checkbox there to enable it. Don’t expect 100% support though, and be ready to turn it off if things start acting funky.
External HDD support is the other big ticket item, allowing PS4 players to upgrade their hard drive space without having to buy a whole new console, or do some work under the hood. Just find a USB 3.0 external hard drive and plug it into the console to add some extra space. Just remember that load times from these can be slower, so keep your most used stuff on that internal hard drive.
Other features included in the PS4 System Update 4.50 patch notes are: improved 2D images in PSVR, voice chat support for Remote Play on PC and other devices, a new indicator for when someone is available via a PSN app, and updates to certain PS4 apps.
PS4 System update 4.50 should be hitting your PS4 some time tomorrow, so watch for the update notification.