PS4: update 8.50 available, the news

PS4: update 8.50 available, the news


As many already know, PlayStation 5 received a major update today. The next-gen console is the center of attention, but that doesn't mean PS4 has nothing to say. The "old" Sony console has in fact made available the 8.50 update for the firmware. Here is the weight and the news it proposes.

First of all, you should know that the 8.50 update of the PS4 firmware weighs 481.7 MB: it is therefore not a particularly massive update and should not take too long to the download. As always, in order to access the PS Store or play online you need to update: otherwise you will remain offline.

The 8.50 update is also not the classic "performance enhancement". First of all, the Share Play feature is enabled with PS5 players within the Party section. Furthermore, from now on you can activate or deactivate the message notifications for each single group you are a part of: you can do it through the Group Options section.

PS4 keeps updating There are also a series of updates to functions already present. You can now also use the Request to Join feature to ask the game session leader to log you into the game session. The leader can then send an invitation to allow you to join. When you play a game you have hidden, other players cannot see that you are playing it. Communities have been removed. The file formats for external storage memories have been updated: the update will be automatic at the first connection and subsequently the device will no longer work with out-of-date PS4s. These are all the new features of the 8.50 update.

We also point out that the PS5 April 2021 update includes a couple of surprises.

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PS4 Update 8.50 - Patch Notes, New Features, Download Size

The PS4 has received a brand new update, the console now runs on version 8.50. There’s some new features implemented in the update, but also the removal of the popular Communities feature.

The latest PlayStation 4 update enables cross-generation Share Play, meaning that those on a PlayStation 5 Console can share play their games with friends on PlayStation 4. In short, this means it is now possible to play PS5> games on a PS4.

The PlayStation 4 wasn’t the only Sony console to receive a big update. The PlayStation 5 has just received its first major update since its release. You can read more about it at the link below.

  • MORE: PlayStation 5 Update April 14
  • PlayStation 4 – Download Size

    The download size for the PlayStation 4 8.50 patch is rather small, and shouldn’t take long to download and install.

    The total size of the PS4 8.50 Update is 481MB.

    PlayStation 4 – 8.50 Patch Notes

    Main Features in This System Software Beta

  • In messages, you can now turn notifications on/off for each of the groups you’re in. On the group screen, open the options menu and select “Turn Notifications Off”.
  • Other Updates Features

  • On the game session screen, you can now use the “Request to Join” button to ask the session leader to join their game. 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 you play it.
  • Communities are no longer available.
  • Cross-generation Share Play. 
  • PS4 and PS5 players can now Share Play together while chatting in parties. This means PS5 console users can let their friends on PS4 consoles view their game screen, or even try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa. Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together.
  • Request to Join Game Session. 
  • A selection of your friends’ joinable game sessions will now appear on both PS5 and PS4 consoles, allowing for more gameplay opportunities together. The “Request to Join” option also serves as a shortcut to sending a game invite, reducing the time it takes for you to get into games with friends. Through the Privacy Settings menu, you can modify who can interact with you through parties, games and messages.
  • How To Download PlayStation 4 8.50

    Your PlayStation 4 console should automatically begin to download the new update, assuming that it’s connected to a working internet connection.

    There is another way to download the update if you’re having troubles.

    You can download the update from the official PlayStation website using a PC or laptop, and copy the download to a USB stick. Then, put the USB stick into your PlayStation 4 and install it that way.

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    Kyle is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He’s a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!