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PS4 Firmware 2.50 out now

Update 2: The latest firmware is now live, along with updates to the PS App on Android (iOS coming soon) and PS Vita.

Update: We now have the full details so we have posted them below. There are some interesting features being added, such as Games Industry proffesionals getting their own badge to identify them.

Check out the list below.

Original: PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, according to a post by the Japanese PlayStation Blog.

Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 brings quite a few long awaited features such as the ability to suspend/resume games. It'll also bring trophy sync improvements; new accessibility options and the ability to backup and restore installed games, save files, screenshots, videos and downloaded games to a USB device.

We are expecting the firmware to have a few more unannounced features too.

Here's some screens from the Japanese blog.

Press release (including full details of update for PS4/PS Vita and PS App)

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced it will release system software update version 2.50, codenamed "Yukimura," for the PlayStation 4 system on March 26, bringing highly-anticipated and requested features to the system. These forward-looking updates include the Suspend/Resume feature, which enables gamers to jump in and out of their games quickly and pick up where they left off. In addition, the PS4 system will add to its already robust set of social tools by making it easier than ever to connect gamers together, furthering its position as the best place to play with friends.

"With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success. We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better," said John Koller, vice-president of platforms marketing. "We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That's why we're delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together."

Highlights coming to the PS4 system with "Yukimura" include:

Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume* Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive "Yukimura" allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

Find and Connect with Friends

PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a "Friends Who Play This" section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What's New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation Store.

Share Your Earned Trophies and Trophy List Enhancements

PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with "Yukimura," a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by "Earned Date," "Not Earned," and "Grade," as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options "Yukimura" introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system's browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

Additional features and updates introduced with "Yukimura" include:

* Remote Play and Share Play**: For games that support 60 fps, users will be able to stream those games with 60 fps for both Remote Play and Share Play on supported devices.
* Automatic Installation for System Software Updates: Users will be able to automatically install future system software updates.
* Sub-Account Upgrade: Users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts will be able to upgrade to a master account directly on the PS4 system, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users to add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.
* Verified Accounts: Verified accounts for game industry professionals, including developers, producers, designers and community managers will appear with a badge.
* Dailymotion.com: Players will have the ability to upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the SHARE button.

The PlayStation Vita system and PlayStation App for smartphones and tablets will also receive system software updates with the same timing as "Yukimura," adding complementary features to those added to the PS4 system with the update. PS Vita update version 3.50 and PlayStation App update version 2.50 will add new accessibility options, including enlarge text, increase contrast and more. This update also enables PS Vita systems to support 60 fps streaming for Remote Play.

Edited On 26 Mar, 2015

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gjdemon's avatar
gjdemon 2 years ago
More importantly will this address the stupidly slow download speed on wireless connections? My xbox one is 10 times faster over wifi on the same network
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Turniplord 2 years ago
this update should be good. I like the pause option on the Vita so will be good to see it in use on here as well
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Triforce Protector 2 years ago
@gjdemon you must have a weird ps4 or wifi reciever because the times are the same with my ps4 and xbox one very quick
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Neil 2 years ago
Yea, I see no differences in DL speed between my PC PS4 or Xbone

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