Latest PS4 features

Check out the biggest new PS4 features from recent system software updates.

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New to PlayStation 4

PS4 is always evolving to bring you even more ways to play, connect and share your greatest moments, as well as the most requested new features from the PlayStation community.

System software 4.50

Released on 9 March 2017, the latest major system software update added a host of new features including external HDD support for storing games and apps, new ways to personalise your PS4, an improved Quick Menu and more.


External HDD storage

External HDD storage

You can now connect any USB 3.0 storage device to your PS4, format it to the correct spec and download, install or move new games and apps onto it.

USB storage devices up to 8TB can be used, giving an incredible amount of space to save and organise your games.



Your PS4 home screen, profile page and how you organise your games and apps are yours to personalise however you want.

Your PS4, your way

  • Customise your home screen with a new background chosen from your gallery of in-game screenshots.
  • Update your profile with a fresh background image from your gallery of in-game screenshots.
  • Post status updates and share screenshots direct to your friends’ What’s New feed.
  • Organise your games and apps into custom folders, letting you arrange and group them however you like.

Re-styled interface

We’ve updated the look and feel of your PS4 home screen with updates to icons, tiles, notifications and menus right across the system interface. While many of these are minor tweaks that you may not notice right away, they all combine – along with a choice of three system backgrounds – to offer a crisp new presentation.


Customisable Quick Menu

The Quick Menu overlay – that pops up when you hold the ‘PS’ button – has been completely re-designed to make it easier to use and give you more of the options you need with the touch of a button.

  • Change your online status, start broadcasting your gameplay, begin a Share Play session or play your own music from Spotify without taking your eyes off the action.
  • Create, join and manage parties or check out who is online without returning to the home-screen.
  • Add additional shortcuts like ‘Communities’, ‘User Options’ and ‘Broadcast’ to the Quick Menu and sort them according to your preference.

Share and broadcast

Re-living your greatest moments or sharing them with the world as they happen is even easier with the redesigned Share menu – and improved Communities means there are even more people to share with.

  • Post screenshots directly to your favourite Communities where other members will be able to like or comment on them.
  • Upload video clips of up to 140 seconds to Twitter.
  • Access your favourite communities via the Quick Menu and reply directly to comments.
  • Start broadcasting to Twitch or YouTube via the Quick Menu – so you never have to leave the game.

HDR support

All PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles now support HDR displays, bringing richer, more vibrant colours to supported games like Horizon Zero Dawn, FIFA 17 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

If you own a HDR-enabled TV, your PS4 will now be able to take full advantage of this to deliver a broader colour spectrum much closer to what the human eye can detect.

Take everything with you

Data Transfer

You can now easily move all your data - including games saves, personal settings and downloaded content – between your existing console and a new console using your home network. All you’ll need is a wired networking cable, your home router and access to the internet.


The freedom to play

Hand over control to a friend via the Quick Menu, or take your adventures to another screen within your home.

Share Play

Invite a friend to join your adventure, challenge them to multiplayer matches or let them take over and play for you - even if they don’t own the game.

Remote Play

Stream games to your PC, Mac or PlayStation Vita over your home WiFi network and never be tied to the TV again.

Get the latest update

Find out how to update your PS4 with the latest system software, and get the full list of changes and features.