PS4 Firmware Update 2.50 Releases Tomorrow, New Features Detailed

March 25, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

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Just a couple weeks after fully announcing it, Sony has confirmed that PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 will be available to download tomorrow, March 26, for everyone.

Bringing along new features like Suspend/Resume, the ability to delete Trophies at 0%, and much more, here’s what you can expect with update 2.50, codenamed Yukimura:

PS4 Firmware Update 2.50

Suspend/Resume

  • Supported by nearly all of your PS4 games, you can jump in and out of your games with just the press of the PS button. Quickly switch from Rest Mode to powered-up so you can pick up where you left off.

Back-Up and Restore HDD to USB

  • Back-up and restore your hard disc drive data associated with users on your PS4, including settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data, to and from an external USB drive.

Find and Connect With Friends

  • Facebook Friend Finder — Using your linked account, you can expand your network by searching and connecting with your Facebook friends.
  • Improved Friend Requests — Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on PS4.
  • Streamlined Party Process — The process to create a Party has been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required.
  • Find Friends Who Play Your Games — Easily view what friends are playing on each game detail page with a real-time “Friends Who Play This” section, which also highlights which friends are currently online and playing it, and if you own the game, allows you to jump directly into the game.
  • Join Friends Directly From News Feed — A new tile will be added on your What’s New feed where you can see what your friends are currently playing, enabling you to join in the game if you own it.

Share Earned Trophies and Optimize Your Trophy List

  • Automatic Trophy Screenshots — A screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, preserving the moment to share with friends.
  • SHARE Trophies — Players can share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button.
  • Additional Trophy Sorting Options — Sort your Trophy list by Earned Date, Not Earned and Grade.
  • Delete 0% Trophies — Remove games from your Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options

  • Customized button assignments for DualShock 4 wireless controller.
  • Zoom for displayed pictures and inverted colors for all system functions, apps and in-game.
  • Text-to-speech for all graphical user interface, including Message and Party.
  • Enlarged text for all graphical user interface, including Message and Party, as well as the system’s browser.
  • Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI for all system applications (but will not apply to games or third-party applications).

Remote Play and Share Play

  • For games that support 60fps, users will be able to automatically enjoy those games with 60fps for both Remote Play and Share Play (“A sufficiently robust wi-fi connection is required”) on supported devices.

Automatic Installation for System Software Updates

  • Enable automatic installation for future system software updates.

Sub-Account Upgrade

  • Enable users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts to upgrade to a master account directly on PS4, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users to add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.

Verified Accounts

  • Select game developers, producers, designers and community managers will be verified with a badge.

Dailymotion

  • Upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the SHARE button.

John Koller, VP of Platforms Marketing, talked about 2.50:

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.

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.

Which new feature will you try out first?

[Source: PS Blog]