PS4 system software update

How to update system software on a PS4 console

For the best PlayStation experience, make sure your PlayStation®4 console system software is always updated to the latest version.

Latest system software update for PS4 consoles

An update to the system software for PS4™ consoles was released on 01/12/2021. 

Version 9.03 

This system software update improves system performance.

Version 9.00 

Main features in the system software update: 

  • You can now view trophies for PS5 games on PS4 consoles. 
    • In Trophies, you can now view PS5 trophies in your trophy list. 
    • You can also view PS5 trophies in the trophy list on the profile screen under the Games tab. 
  • In Messages, we've updated the following: 
    • If you're the owner of a group, you can now delete it. To delete a group, open the options menu and then select Delete Group. If you delete a group, it will be deleted for all members.
    • Now when you block someone, you can choose to also leave the group that only you and they are in at the same time. You won't leave groups that include other players. 

Other updated features: 

  • On an Android or iOS/iPadOS device, you can now use the PS Remote Play app to access your PS4 via mobile data. 
  • We've made the following improvements to parental controls: 
    • Now when a child requests to use communication features for a game, their parent or guardian will receive a notification on the PS4 and PlayStation App.
    • The child will also receive a notification when their parent or guardian accepts, denies or stops allowing the child to use communication features for a game. 
  • You can now select whether you'd like to receive notifications on your PS4 or through email about new products and special offers. To do so, go to Settings > Account Management > Account Information > Communication Preferences.

How to update the PS4 console system software

If the system software update on your PS4 console is stuck, restart the update. If that fails, download the update file below to a USB drive and follow the instructions below. 

  1. Using a PC or Mac, create a folder named "PS4" on a USB drive formatted as FAT32. Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".

  2. Download the update file (button below) and save it in the "UPDATE" folder. Save the file as "PS4UPDATE.PUP".

  3. Plug the USB drive containing the file into your PS4 console.

  4. Start the PS4 console in Safe Mode: press and hold the power button, releasing after the second beep.

  5. Select Safe Mode option 3: Update System Software.

  6. Select Update from USB Storage Device > OK.

If your PS4 console does not recognise the file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name using uppercase letters.

Right-click the file and "save as" to download.

How to reinstall the PS4 console system software

Reinstalling the system software on your PS4 console will delete all of the data on your PS4 console. This process is often referred to as a "factory" reset or "hard" reset.

  1. Using a PC or Mac, create a folder named "PS4" on a USB drive formatted as FAT32. Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".

  2. Download the reinstallation file (button below) and save it in the "UPDATE" folder. Save the file as "PS4UPDATE.PUP".

  3. Plug the USB drive containing the file into the PS4 console.

  4. Start the PS4 console in Safe Mode: press and hold the power button, releasing after the second beep.

  5. Select Safe Mode option 7:  Reinstall System Software.

  6. Select Update from USB Storage Device > OK.

If your PS4 console does not recognise the file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name using uppercase letters.

Right-click the file and "save as" to download.

Restart the system software download on a PS4 console

If your PS4 system software download is stuck, please delete the update and start again:

  1. Select Notifications from the PS4 console function area, highlight the update file and press the OPTIONS button > Delete.
  2. Next, select  Settings > System Software Update

If you experience multiple failed downloads, please update the PS4 system software using a USB.

PS4 8.52 system software features 

  • This system software update improves system performance.

PS4 8.50 system software features 

  • In Party, you can now enjoy Share Play with players on PS5 consoles.

  • In Messages, you can now turn notifications on or off for each of the groups you're in. On the group screen, open the options menu and select Turn Notifications Off.

Other updated features

  • On the game session details screen, you can now use the Request to Join button to ask the session leader to join their game session. The session leader can then send you an invite to join the game session.

  • When playing a game you've hidden, other players will no longer see that you're currently playing that game.

  • We've updated the file format for extended storage.

    • When you connect an extended storage device, its file format will be updated.

    • After that, you won't be able to use the device on a PS4 that has a previous version of the system software.

  • The Communities feature is no longer available.

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.