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PS4 Firmware Update 4.50 Adds External HDD Support, Custom Wallpapers & More

by Mike Guarino

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The latest PlayStation 4 Firmware update (4.50) will begin beta testing today for those who have been selected for the beta program, with Sony sending out emails now regarding how those people can get their downloads started. However, for the rest of us who have to wait, the company has officially detailed what will be coming to everyone when it launches in full.

The following is everything that will be coming with the PS4 4.50 firmware update:

External HDD Support:

Storage space has been one of the biggest issues with the PlayStation 4, but this update will finally allow players to use external hard drives. You’ll be able to store your content on any USB 3.0 hard drive, with hard drives up to 8 terabytes being supported. Downloads will be able to download and install directly to your external storage device, as well.

Custom Wallpapers:

You’ll now have the ability to set any screenshot you take with your PS4 as the background for the home screen. The ability to add text drop-shadows and dimming the Function Area are also supported, as well as being able to edit screenshots using Photo Mode in Sharefactory.

Quick Menu Refresh:

The Quick Menu will be getting another redesign with this new update, as it will now take up less of the screen and let you create and join parties directly from the Online Friends section.

Simplified Notification List:

Sony has decided to simplify the notification list by condensing all of the tabs to a single list, making it easier to see everything at-a-glance. You can also customize pop-up notifications settings, keeping the ones you want and getting rid of the ones you don’t want.

Post on PlayStation Network Activity Feeds:

The Activity Feed will now allow you to have more control over it, giving you the ability to add content directly to it. You can post things like text, screenshots and gifs, as well as being able to tag other users and games.

3D Blu-rays on PlayStation VR:

Finally, you’ll now be able to watch 3D blu-rays with the use of PlayStation VR.

Sony also notes that there are more features that will be included with this update, which will also be accompanied by the firmware update’s official release date.

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