The PS4 is no stranger to updates, and when a new one is just around the corner, Sony does a decent enough job at letting people know when it will arrive and what changes it brings. Occasionally, the firmware update is a rather large one that includes a wide range of changes, such as update 2.5 from earlier this year, which greatly improved upon the system’s data backup and accessibility features; not to mention the implementation of the very useful Suspend/Resume feature.
Other times, however, the latest update is a bit lacking in content, and simply comes with a few more stability fixes. This isn’t a bad thing, mind you, as a more stable PS4 makes for a happier gamer, but more and more features are requested from Sony all the time, and new updates sometimes means new features to play with.
Today’s update, as revealed by the PlayStation Twitter account yesterday, falls into the latter category, with the account explaining that software update 2.57 is “a minor update that improves stability of some features.” It’s out now for any PS4 owners that enjoy knowing their console will run better, and according to VG247, it’s about 245MB. Unfortunately, the accompanying update notes don’t reveal anything more interesting.
Just last week, the PlayStation community launched a new website and campaign known as “#BetterPSN” in an attempt to encourage Sony to further improve the PlayStation Network. At the time, the most requested features included online/offline status changes and continuous trophy syncing, as well as enhanced user profiles and friends lists.
As far as demands go, these are relatively reasonable, and nothing that sounds too difficult to implement, given the right amount of development time.
The tech giant, which has had a pretty good relationship with its fans so far, eventually responded to the movement, though it’s unlikely to be what anyone involved with #BetterPSN wanted to hear:
Said Sony, via a representative:
“Feedback from our community is very important to us and helps guide our ongoing commitment toward making PlayStation the best place to play. We encourage users to submit ideas on ways to improve PlayStation products and services here: http://share.blog.us.playstation.com/.”
It will be interesting to see if Sony adds these requested features in a future update, or lets them fall to the side like PSN name changes. It would certainly be in the company’s best interest to at least directly address the campaign’s desires, however, if only to show that they’re aware of them.
Of course, it could only be a matter of time before the PS4 receives another substantial update, which may include a few (or all) of the things people have been asking for. As Sony said, they’ve “built and improved features based directly on [fan] input” before.