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PS4 4.50: New features include Boost Mode and External HDD Support

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Details of the new PS4 4.50 patch have been released, and it looks awesome!

Codenamed Sasuke, the 4.50 update looks to bring some key new features that were severely lacking on the PS4. It is open for beta testing right now, and a select bunch of lucky users are able to test the update before it’s released to the public. 

When is the new 4.50 patch being released for PS4? We are not sure yet as no official date has been announced.  We suspect it will be later this year, depending on how the beta testing goes.

A quick highlight of the new features which we will breakdown into further detail:

  • External HDD support
  • Custom wallpapers
  • Updated Quick Menu
  • A more simplified notification list
  • 3D Blue-ray support on PlayStation VR
  • PS4 Pro Boost Mode

Sony has advised there will be more news to come and additional updates within this patch, but these are some of the big ones thus far.

External HDD support

Currently, it’s fairly easy for users to upgrade their PS4 hard drive, but sometimes it just isn’t enough.  With this new update, the ability to connect to an external HDD is now effortless.  All you have to do is plug it in via USB 3.0 and that’s it, more space is now available.

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This is the feature PS4 users have long been waiting for.  We know how easy it is to fill up that HDD quickly, but now that we the ability to swap in and out external storage devices, it makes life a lot easier, and we don’t have to be as picky about which items we store.

Custom wallpapers

This is purely a cosmetic change, but it’s an awesome one.  The ability to add in-game screenshots as your background makes things a lot cooler and more fun. The images you add on the PS4 home screen can also be edited with drop-shadows on text, and lighting changes to the image in the function area. This makes visibility easy for system icons and text as they will appear clearly within your new background wallpaper.

You can further edit these screenshots for your wallpaper using the Photo Mode in Sharefactory.

Updated Quick Menu

The newly overhauled PS4 Quick Menu which was changed significantly in the last system update is seeing even more improvements. This is the menu that appears after holding down the PS button on your DualShock 4 controller.

The new Quick Menu makes things more accessible, and will cover less of the screen so you’ll be able to access features quicker, and more efficiently.  The main goal for this menu update is to keep gamers in the game, so they don’t need to open a separate application to perform tasks like creating new parties, inviting friends, and joining others. 

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A more simplified notification list

The pre 4.50 notification list is a bit clunky.  As we know, there was a tab on the left-hand side which featured icons such as Game Alerts, Invitations, Downloads, Uploads, etc.  In the new 4.50 patch, the notification list will become much more simplified and feature a single list that will show all your notifications at a single glance.

You can also customize which notifications you’ll see, so you can only be concerned with your most important updates.

3D Blue-ray support on PlayStation VR

This is a nice little upgrade for PlayStation VR owners. With the new 4.50 patch, you’ll now have the ability to watch 3D movies in stereoscopic 3D inside your PlayStation VR headset.  This will open up an entirely new way to watch movies on your device. 

This is definitely a cool upgrade for VR owners, but one issue that we’ve identified with this new feature, is the fact that you may not want to have a VR headset strapped on to your head for 2 hours.  Some people experience VR motion sickness, and for those with a queasy stomach, this might not be a great idea.

Sure you can take a break from watching the movie part way through, but that often downgrades the whole movie watching experience. 

Boost Mode for PS4 Pro

This is a great new addition for PS4 Pro owners, as it will open up the true power of the PS4 Pro for PS4 titles that were not supported with boosted gameplay.

As we know, when PS4 Pro was launched, only select titles had enhanced capabilities.  This was a disappointment to a lot of gamers looking to purchase the PS4 Pro.

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The idea behind this new feature is to unlock the potential of PS4 titles by improving frame rates and overall performance.  Eurogamer conducted a test to see if the 4.50 patch lived up to the hype by Sony, by testing it on various games and clocking frame rates.

They concluded that basically all titles they tested saw some form of boost. While they did admit that not all games saw a massive improvement, they still did see improvements and other games had significant overall improvements, such as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, Battlefield 4, Project Cars, and many other titles.


Sony has really started to listen to what gamers want, and we commend them for an admirable job adding these upgrades which are very user and gamer friendly.  At the end of the day, this patch has to be one of the better ones to come out since the launch of the PS4 console.

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2 Comments

  1. CRAZY GAMER says:

    There still no release date yet.

  2. Red Eye says:

    There’s no way I could watch an entire 2 hour movie using the VR headset. Rest of the updates look good though

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