Sony Is Asking for Beta Testers for PS4 System Software Update 5.50 [Updated]

Sony has begun recruiting beta testers for the next major system software update for the PS4, which will be numbered 5.50.

By Giuseppe Nelva

January 15, 2018

Looks like the next major PS4 system software update is getting close, as Sony Interactive Entertainment is starting to recruit beta testers.

For the moment, the notice and recruitment form have just gone up on the Japanese PlayStation Blog, while the North American and European branches of PlayStation are still silent.

It’s likely that they’ll make their own announcements soon, and we’ll update this post when they do.

Interestingly, this update is numbered 5.50, so it might be slightly smaller than those that come with a full incremental number.

The latest major system software update released for the PS4 was 5.00, nicknamed “Nobunaga” and released back in October. In came with an overhauled family system, better friend list management (including the ability to follow anyone), improved broadcast features, messages and notifications, team tournaments, virtual surround sound for PlayStation VR, and more.

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It’ll be interesting to see if this upcoming update will come with a dedicated code name, despite being a “half number.” That being said, since it’s undergoing user testing, it’s very unlikely that it’s just stability, or another generic “improvement of system performance.”

We’ll keep you posted on when applications will become available for PS4 owners located in North America and Europe.

Update: applications are now open for the west. You can head here for North America (including Canada) and here for Europe.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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