PlayStation 4’s 4.0 Firmware Is Here! Hello, HDR!

The firmware (codenamed Shingen) is now available in its final version – grab it while it’s hot!

Previously we talked about (here) what the 4.0 system update had during its beta, but now we’re only going to focus on the newer additions that the beta did not include. For example, one of the new goodies is the HDR-support. Unlike the Xbox One S, all PlayStation 4s will be able to use HDR, so while the PS4 Slim isn’t available yet (it arrives on Thursday, and it will also support HDR!), we will already notice a graphical step forward. Of course, you will need an HDR-supporting display. You will find the HDR in Video Output Settings.

The Quick Menu also improved with a Music menu point – you can access your Spotify music list much faster! There will be other, PlayStation 4 Pro-exclusive improvements (available from November 10): 1080p Remote Play to PCs, Macs, and supported Xperia devices, 1080p streaming in Share Play, 1080p/30 or 60fps streaming to YouTube, and 1080p/30fps streaming to Twitch.

What’s New has been redesigned and now includes more information about what your friends have been doing on PS4. The left column includes the new Activity Feed, which has larger images and easily accessible options to like, comment, or reshare. The right column includes sections for Now Playing, Trending, Players You May Know, and Who to Follow.

Sony has given a similar redesign to the content info screen, which you can access by pressing down on a game tile while on the home screen. You’ll be able to easily select from a variety of options to view a game’s Overview, Trending media, Friends and Communities, Activities, and related PlayStation Store content.

Sony also prepared for people to make the transfer from one PlayStation 4 to a PS4 Slim or a PS4 Pro easier – all you will need is a LAN cable. You can transfer your games, user information and game saves.

The 4.0 system update is a giant leap forward.

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