PS4™ System Software Update

 
 
 

Latest Version: 5.55

An update to the PlayStation®4 system software was released on May 17, 2018. Use this update to install system software version 5.55.

Always update your PS4™ system to the latest version of the system software. By updating, you can enjoy additional features, improved usability, and enhanced security.

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Main features in system software update 5.55 (includes 5.53-01, 5.53, and 5.50)

This system software update improves system performance.

Main features in system software update 5.53-01 (includes 5.53 and 5.50)

This system software update improves system performance.

Main features in system software update 5.53 (includes 5.50)

This system software update improves system performance.

Main features in system software update 5.50

  • As a family manager, parent, or guardian, you can now monitor your child's time played (the amount of time they've spent logged in to the PS4™ system) and set restrictions accordingly. To manage play time settings for each child, select  (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
    • You can view your child's total time played for the day.
    • You can limit how long your child plays per day, and set playable hours to prevent play late at night or other unwanted times. Restrictions can be set for each day of the week.
    • When the set play time ends, a pop-up notification appears repeatedly on the screen to let your child know that they're out of play time. If you choose, the PS4™ system can automatically log your child out when play time ends.
    • You can also extend or shorten your child's play time on the day they play.
    • You can view and manage your child's play time anytime from your PC or smartphone using the (PlayStation®App) or by visiting this website.
      playstation.com/acct/family
  • The following features have been added to (Library).
    • [PlayStation Plus] will now appear if you were ever a PlayStation®Plus subscriber. You can keep track of all your free PS Plus games.
    • You can now hide games and applications you no longer need from [Purchased]. Highlight a game or application, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Do Not Show Content Item in [Purchased]].
  • On April 19, 2018, the following feature was enabled on PlayStation™Network servers. (This feature is automatically enabled even if you installed the 5.50 or 5.53 update before April 19.)
    • The song you're listening to or the last song you played in Spotify® now appears on the profile screen under [Music]. You can see the songs your Friends listen to and listen for yourself.
    • Select  (Settings) > [Account Management] > [Privacy Settings] > [Gaming | Media] > [Music] to choose who can see the music you listen to.
  • On April 26, 2018, the following feature was enabled on PlayStation™Network servers. (This feature is automatically enabled even if you installed the 5.50, 5.53, or 5.53-01 update before April 26.)
    • [Media] has been added to the profile screen. You can view screenshots, video clips, and broadcasts shared by users.

Other new or revised features in version 5.50

  • [Supersampling Mode] has been added to (Settings) > [Sound and Screen] > [Video Output Settings]. Enable this mode to improve image quality in some games when your PlayStation®4 Pro console is connected to a TV with 2K resolution or lower. This setting is available only on PlayStation®4 Pro consoles.
  • You can now customize logos and backgrounds with your favorite images. On the image selection screen, select image files from a USB storage device. Customize any of the following.
    • Team logo
    • Team cover image
    • Background image for the home screen
    • Image for the message group
  • On the quick menu, (Online Friends) has been changed to (Friends). From here, you can view online Friends and custom lists.
  • Music playback functions on the quick menu have been improved.
  • You can now create events from the team profile screen. On the screen, select [Events] > [Create Event for This Team].
  • Easily find games that can be played on PlayStation®VR from the home screen or (Library). (PS VR) appears next to supported games.
  • You can now delete notifications. Select (Notifications) to display the notifications list, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Delete].
  • You can now choose who can view the list of players you follow and who can view the list of your followers separately. Select (Settings) > [Account Management] > [Privacy Settings] > [Friends | Connections].

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Notices

  • Do not download or install the update using data other than the official update file provided online by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Do not download or install updates by methods other than those described in the system documentation or on this website. If you download or install update data from a different source, by a different method, or on a system that has been altered or modified in any way, the system might not operate properly and might not be able to install the official update data. Any of these actions can void the system warranty and affect your ability to obtain warranty services and repair services from Sony Interactive Entertainment.
  • Do not install system software soon before or soon after a power outage.
  • Do not turn off your system during the installation. Interrupting the installation can cause your system to be damaged.
  • You might not be able to use some applications or content without first updating the system software.

System Software

The system software of the PS4™ system and system software updates installed on your system are subject to a limited license from Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. Visit http://doc.dl.playstation.net/doc/ps4-eula/ for details.

Update Methods

You can update the system software of the PS4™ system by any of the methods described below. To confirm that the update was completed successfully, after the update process is completed, go to the function screen and select Settings (Settings) > [System] > [System Information]. If the version number of the system update file you used for updating the system appears in the [System Software] field, this means that the update was completed successfully.

Update using the Internet

Use your PS4™ system's network update feature to update the system.

Update using a disc

Use an update file contained on a game disc to update the system.

Update using a computer

This update method can be used if your PS4™ system is not connected to the Internet. Download the update file to your computer, and then save it on a USB storage device. Copy the saved file to the system storage of your PS4™ system to update the system.

Update using the Internet

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PlayStation®4 system
  • Internet connection (wired or wireless)
    Before using the network update feature, you must configure your PS4™ system's network settings. For details, refer to the user's guide for your PS4™ system.

From the function screen, select Settings (Settings) > [System Software Update] to make sure your system has the latest version of the system software. You can continue to use your system while downloading. If there is an update file for a later version, it automatically downloads. When downloading is complete, a notification message appears in the upper left corner of the screen. Select the message under Notification (Notifications) while viewing the function area, and then follow the on-screen instructions to perform the installation.

Update using a disc

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PlayStation®4 system
  • A disc that contains an update file

When you play a disc that contains a later version of the system software, a screen appears to guide you through the update process. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the update.

Update using a computer

For the standard update procedure, follow the steps below. Visit here for the procedure to initialize your PS4™ system and perform a new installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disk drive.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PlayStation®4 system
  • Computer connected to the Internet
  • USB storage device, such as a USB* flash drive
    * There must be approximately 460 MB of free space.

    • On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.
      Using a computer, create a folder named "PS4". Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".
      PC Update
    • Download the update file, and save it in the "UPDATE" folder you created in
      step 1. Save the file with the file name "PS4UPDATE.PUP".
      Download Now Click to start the download.
    • Connect the USB storage device to your PS4™ system, and then from the function screen, select Settings (Settings) > [System Software Update].
      Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.
  • If your PS4™ system does not recognize the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.

Perform a New Installation of the System Software

This procedure is for initializing your PS4™ system and performing a new installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disk drive.

  • Be careful when using an update file for reinstallation. All users and all data will be deleted.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PlayStation®4 system
  • Computer connected to the Internet
  • USB storage device, such as a USB* flash drive
    * There must be approximately 1.1 GB of free space. 

    • On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.
      Using a computer, create a folder named "PS4". Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".
      PC Update
    • Download the update file, and save it in the "UPDATE" folder you created in step 1.
      Save the file with the file name "PS4UPDATE.PUP".
      Download Now Click to start the download.
    • Turn off the power of your PS4™ system completely.
      Check that the power indicator is not lit. If the power indicator is lit up in orange, press the power button on the PS4™ system for at least 7 seconds (until the system beeps a second time).
    • Connect the USB storage device to your PS4™ system, and then press the power button for at least 7 seconds.
      The PS4™ system starts in safe mode.
    • Select [Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)].
      Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.
  • If your PS4™ system does not recognize the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.