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System Software Update 5.03

An update to the system software for PlayStation 4 systems was released on 14 December 2017. You can use this to update your system software to version 5.03.

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.

*Check the "Update using a computer" section below for more details.

 
 

Main features in system software update 5.03

Main features in system software update 5.03

  • This system software update improves system performance.
 
 

Main features in system software update 5.00

Main features in system software update 5.00

  • You can now add users of your PS4 as family members. This makes it easy to manage your child's account information and to restrict PS4 features. To add family members, select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management].

- As the family manager, you can set up your family.

- Up to seven family members (including you) can be in your family and use online features.

- Multiple adults can be in your family. The family manager can make other adults in the family parents or guardians. The family manager and family members who are parents or guardians can adjust parental controls for the children in your family.

- You can configure parental control settings for each child. Using parental controls, you can restrict use of online features and communication with other players, set restrictions for games, restrict use of the Internet browser, and set spending limits for PlayStation Store.

 - You can configure parental controls anytime from your PC or smartphone.

  • You can now follow anyone, not just verified accounts. Select (Follow) on a person's profile screen, and their activities and broadcasts will appear in [What's New]. You automatically follow your Friends, but you have the option to unfollow them.

- Recommendations for who to follow are now offered based on the games you play. Select (Friends) > (Follow).

- You can now choose who can follow you and who can see your follow list. Select (Settings) > [Account Management] > [Privacy Settings], and then configure each setting.

  • Custom Lists has been added to Friends. Create custom lists to easily organize your Friends and choose players to send messages or game invitations to.
  • For certain broadcasts, (Communities) now appears on the (Live from PlayStation) viewing screen. To access the broadcaster's community, select   (Communities).
  • You can now view (Notifications) on the quick menu.
  • The following languages have been added as system languages.

            Czech, Indonesian, Hungarian, Romanian, Vietnamese, Greek, Thai

When broadcasting PlayStation VR gameplay, you can now see spectator comments on your VR headset screen.

Other new or revised features in version 5.00

  • For (Messages), screen layout has been improved, and the following features have been added.
  • You can now receive music that has been shared with you as a message. Select the message to play the music.
  • Messages containing a URL now display a preview.
  • The following features have been added to the quick menu.
  • You can now select [Leave This Party] to leave the party.
  • You can now see albums and playlists for songs playing in Spotify®.
  • A clock has been added.
  • The following features have been added to   (Settings) > [Notifications].
  • You can now disable pop-up notifications during video playback.
  • You can now choose the color of pop-up notifications.
  • You can now choose to show or hide message details in notifications.
  • You can now choose to broadcast in 1080p (60 fps) when using Twitch on your PlayStation®4 Pro.
  • You can now enjoy Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD content in virtual surround sound when you connect headphones to PlayStation®VR.

 

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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

By using or accessing the System Software, you agree to be bound by all current terms of this Agreement. To access a printable, current copy of this Agreement, go to http://doc.dl.playstation.net/doc/ps4-eula/.

Sony Interactive Entertainment, at its sole discretion, may modify the terms of this Agreement at any time, including any terms in the PS4 system documentation or manual, or http://doc.dl.playstation.net/doc/ps4-oss/index.html.

Please check back on this website from time to time for changes to this Agreement.
 
 

Your options

How to update

You can update the system software of the PS4 system by any of the methods described below.

  • Update using the Internet

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

    The following things are needed to perform the update:

    • PS4 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) > [System Software Update]. Your system automatically checks over the Internet whether you have the latest version of the system software. If there is an update file for a later version, it is downloaded to the system. When downloading is complete, a notification message is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. On the function screen, select (Notifications) > [Downloads], and then follow the screens to perform the installation.

  • Update using a disc

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

    The following things are needed to perform the update:

    • PS4 system
    • A disc that contains an update file

    When you play a disc that contains a later version of the system software, a screen is displayed to guide you through the update process. Follow the screens to perform the update.

  • 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.

    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:

    • PS4 system
    • Computer connected to the Internet
    • USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive

        * There must be approximately 320MB of free space.

    1. Using a computer, create a folder named "PS4". Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".

    2. 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.

    3. Now move the whole “PS4” folder to the root of your USB storage device.

    Connect the USB storage device on to your PS4 system, and then from the function screen, select (Settings) > [System Software Update].

    Follow the screens to complete the update.

    If your PS4 system does not recognise 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 disc 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:

    • PS4 system
    • Computer connected to the Internet
    • USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive

        * There must be approximately 900 MB of free space.

    1. 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".

    2. 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.

    3. 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, touch the power button on the PS4 system for at least seven seconds (until the system beeps a second time).

    4. Connect the USB storage device that the update file is saved on to your PS4 system, and then touch the power button for at least seven seconds. The PS4 system starts in safe mode.

    5. Select [Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)].

    Follow the screens to complete the update.

    If your PS4 system does not recognise 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.