The next major system software update for the PS4, Update 4.0, will be released tomorrow, and Sony details some of the new features gamers can expect.
While the announcement of the PS4 Pro 4K and PS4 Slim consoles has provided a rough idea of what Sony's future in the console market will look like, the finer details regarding the company's future are still a little hazy. Just how big an impact the PS4 Pro makes on a demographic that will also be vied for by both Nintendo's NX and Microsoft's Project Scorpio remains to be seen, and in the meantime the sales gap between the PS4 and Xbox One has been shrinking dramatically.
Sony's upcoming PS4 Update 4.0, which underwent beta testing a few months ago, will likely be one of the last major updates for the console before a seismic shift in the landscape of gaming occurs with the releases of more powerful consoles and more streamlined VR technology. Well aware that Update 4.0 will be one of the last chances to regain some of the ground Sony lost to the Xbox One this summer, the company detailed just what gamers can expect from the major patch. Update 4.0 will release tomorrow on September 13, 2016, and will be headlined by the ability to transfer data from one PS4 to another in anticipation of the PS4 Pro.
Among the other new features, one of the bigger ease-of-life updates coming tomorrow is an expanded Quick Menu, which will include an enhanced Music section that will allow gamers to control their Spotify playlists. Update 4.0 will also add features in anticipation of the PS4 Pro release in a few months, adding a number of features that will support the system's ability to provide high-resolution content, including 1080 30/60fps broadcasting on YouTube and 1080 30fps broadcasting on Twitch.
Update 4.0 will also introduce HDR support for every model of the current PS4 consoles - gamers will only need to enable their new HDR settings in the Video Output Settings section and, of course, have a HDR compatible display on hand as well. Alongside new redesigns of the What's New and Content Info screens, the visual experience on the PS4 is likely to improve dramatically.
Of course, Update 4.0 will include a number of other smaller additions and refinements once it releases tomorrow. It will be interesting to see just how much of Update 4.0 prepares systems for the arrival of the PS4 Pro later in the year, and whether or not that arrival will affect the content and frequency of major updates for the console in the future.
Source: Official PlayStation Blog