What’s coming with PS4 Update 4.0

The next system update for PlayStation 4, codenamed “Shingen,” is set to go out today, and it is coming with some great new features. Here are a few major highlights.

This is the first update to come after the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim models

This is the first update to come after the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim models

First, the UI:

The User Interface of the PlayStation 4 will be receiving a “refresh” as Sony calls it, adding a few new features here and there, like a “What’s New” tab, and also little refinements that clean it up and make it easier to use. As Sony put it, it’s the same UI, but with a “fresh coat of paint.”

Next, the quick menu:

Pre-update, holding the PS button on the controller brings up the quick menu, taking up the entire screen. Now, the menu will only take up a portion of the screen. It provides access to things like party and community features. Players can also customize the menu by adding and removing different features.

The share menu has been given a similar overhaul:

The new share menu will also only take up a portion of the screen, and will provide players with the ability to quickly share clips and pictures of gameplay. Along with this comes the ability to share 140 second clips to Twitter, rather than the previous 10 seconds.

Another feature had been added, called Folders:

Folders works similarly to how a folder works on a computer. Players can collect their favorite games and apps into one folder that is accessible on their home menu.

Some updates have also been added for the PS4 Pro:

  • 1080p streaming for Remote Play on PC/Mac and compatible Xperia devices
  • 1080p streaming for Share Play
  • 1080p 30/60fps live broadcasting on YouTube
  • 1080p 30fps live broadcasting on Twitch

And last but not least, HDR.

After being announced at the PlayStation Event last week that every single PlayStation 4 would be receiving HDR, players can look forward to getting that with today’s update, but it only works with an HDR compatible display.

High Dynamic Range (HDR), essentially balances out the lighting of a game, allowing for more detail to be seen, rather than having areas that are under or overexposed.

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