New PS4 Gets First Update to Refine the User Interface

20 November 2013
Ben Logan

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PlayStation 4 hasn’t even been out for a week and already the 1.51 system update has been released, demonstrating that the company’s usability testing team are hard at work.

While the new update is not nearly as expansive as the 1.50 ‘day one’ update that made many PS4 features available to gamers, it contains important usability features such as improved software stability and a refined user interface that clearly indicates when a person downloads a game and a game patch at the same time.

North American PS4s have automatic downloads of system updates enabled by default when the PS4 is in standby, meaning that current PS4 owners will have received version 1.51 without fuss. Where possible this has been done overnight, so that gamers won’t need to bother about sitting through the update.

Future system updates are on the horizon that will add support for major features such as wireless headset support and the suspend/resume function. It seems that PS4 users can expect smaller and more frequent updates as a normal occurrence, which is a good thing since this will allow for PlayStation to iron out any creases highlighted by early consumer feedback. All in all, the more people buy the PS4, the more tweaks it will get to make the system increasingly stable.

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