PSA: Download The PS4 Day One Update Now and Avoid Network Congestion at Launch

on November 13, 2013 10:05 PM

I think it goes without saying that “smooth” and “launch” rarely go hand in hand when it comes to network infrastructure and gaming. With the release of the PS4 at 12:00am this coming Friday, the PlayStation Network is going to get hammered with wave after wave of concurrent users all in need of the same day one (version 1.50) firmware update. With that in mind, I think it would be prudent to take some time and prepare your update in advance. That way, come launch night, you can immediately jump into next gen online gaming, with all of the day one features working.

For starters, you’ll need a USB key, and then you’ll need to grab the 1.50 firmware update HERE.

***NOTE: The original post published linking to the WRONG firmware. It has since been updated. If you have a 900mb file, like the one found HERE, it is only to be used if you’re replacing the HDD as installs the OS as well as the day one update. Do not use it to update if you’re not replacing the HDD, you’ll wind up having to recover the system through its safe mode***

Next, follow the steps below which are copied directly from Sony’s official site:

Update using a computer

For the standard update procedure, follow the steps below. Visit here for the procedure to initialize your PS4™ system and perform a new installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disk drive.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

  • PlayStation®4 system
  • Computer connected to the Internet
  • USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive
    * There must be 400 MB of free space.

    • On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.
      Using a computer, create a folder named “PS4”. Inside that folder, create another folder named “UPDATE”.
      PC Update
    • Download the update file, and save it in the “UPDATE” folder you created in step 1.
      Save the file with the file name “PS4UPDATE.PUP”.
      Download NowClick to start the download.
    • Turn off the power of your PS4™ system completely.
      Check that the power indicator is not lit. If the power indicator is lit up in orange, touch the power button on the PS4™ system for at least 7 seconds (until the system beeps a second time).
    • Connect the USB storage device that the update file is saved on to your PS4™ system, and then touch the power button for at least 7 seconds.
      The PS4™ system starts in safe mode
    • Select [Update System Software].
      Follow the screens to complete the installation.
  • If your PS4™ system does not recognize the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.
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Joel Taveras is one of the founding members of DualShockers. He hails from New York City where he lives with his wife and two sons. During his tenure with the site, he's held every position from news writer to community manager to editor in chief. Currently he manages the behind the scenes and day-to-day operations at the publication.