John Koller, VP of PlayStation Brand Marketing, just announced that PS4 system software update 4.50 is coming out tomorrow. Although they released some of the key features last month, there is much more to come in this update. The following are some of the features that will be coming soon to your PS4.
Improved 2D Images on PS VR
Originally, there were some issues with resolution when transitioning from PS VR back to the PS4 home screen. In this update, they will fix this issue so that the system screen resolution is much better when out of VR mode. Additionally, they will improve PS VR’s resolution during Cinematic Mode. When your PS VR screen size is set to small or medium, the frame rate of Cinematic Mode will increase to 120Hz from 90Hz.
Voice Chat for Remote Play
You will be able to use voice chat while using Remote Play on PC, Mac or an Xperia device. This let’s you be able to communicate with your friends when you are away from your console. The microphone can be switched on and off by simply tapping the mic icon on the Tool Bar of the Remote Play app.
Off Console Availability
The PlayStation App and PS Messages will make communication easier with other gamers. They will add an icon shaped like a smartphone to indicate when players are away from their system but logged into the PlayStation Network.
Boost Mode (PS4 Pro Only)
There will be a new featured called Boost Mode for those with PS4 Pro. This feature provides you with better performance for some of the legacy games that have not been patched. Boost Mode will take advantage of PS4 Pro’s better specs to ensure optimal game play.
For games with variable frame rates, this can help frame rate stability for games that were programmed to run at 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Boost Mode may also lower load times due to the better CPU speed of PS4 Pro. Just go to Settings > System to turn on Boost Mode.
Boost Mode may not work with all titles. If you turn off the setting, the game will be played as if it is on a regular PS4.
PS Messages and Communities app Updates
The update will also bring changes to the PS Messages and PS Communities apps.
- When you receive a Party invitation from your friends on PS Messages, now you can respond with a quick reply, “I’ll join later” or “Sorry, I can’t join,” when you want to get back to them ASAP.
- On the Communities app, you can now easily check the PSN service status under Settings > View Status of PSN Services.
- Also on the Communities app, iOS users can tell at a glance if there are any new posts in their community by checking the badge app icon (the number in a red circle at the top-right corner of the app’s icon).
If you don’t have these two apps already, the PS Messages and PS Communities apps can both be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store.
This update seems to be big on letting players better communicate with each other while fixing some performance issues. Let’s see how things go when the update rolls out!