The PlayStation 4 system software is the updatable firmware and operating system of the PlayStation 4.

Technology Edit

The native operating system of the PlayStation 4 is Orbis OS, which is a fork of FreeBSD version 9.0 which was released on Template:Date.[3][4] The PlayStation 4 features two graphics APIs, a low level API named GNM and a high level API named GNMX.[5] Sony's own PlayStation Shader Language (PSSL) was introduced on the PlayStation 4.[6]

Other components included are Cairo, jQuery, Mono, and WebKit.[4][7]

The Software Development Kit is based on LLVM and Clang.[8]

Graphical shell Edit

The PlayStation 4 uses the PlayStation Dynamic Menu as its graphical shell.[9][10][11]

The process of updating is almost identical to that of the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The software may be updated by downloading the update directly on the PlayStation 4, downloading it from the user's local Official PlayStation website to a PC and using a USB storage device to transfer it to the PlayStation 4, or installing the update from game discs containing update data.


Details of updates Edit

=== Version 3


Version 2 Edit

-- stability has been improved for use in certain applications. --fixed an error that caused power tips to appear if system was turned on from an off state.
Release date (UTC)
April 21, 2015[12]
Operation quality during use of some applications has been improved
March 26, 2015[13]
Suspend/Resume: Players can jump in and out of games with the PS button, and games are suspended in Rest Mode instead of closing completely
Backup and Restore to USB: The hard drive can now be backed up or restored to a USB drive
System Software updates now install automatically while the system is in Rest Mode when set to do so
PlayStation Network Sub-Accounts can be upgraded to master accounts
Select game developers, designers, producers, and community managers are now verified on the PlayStation Network with a badge
PlayStation Store has been added to the Content area and has been removed from the Function area/bar
Social Networking
Users are now able to find other players they might know via Facebook
Users are now able to send Friend requests and Real Name requests together
Party creation has been improved
At the 'What's New section, users can now see friends who play games they own and join them directly
Users are now able to upload content to Dailymotion
The system will now automatically take screenshots when the users earns a trophy in-game and share this screenshot via social networks
Users are now able to delete Trophies with 0%
More Trophy sorting options have been added [Date Earned, Not Earned, Grade]
A accessibility menu option has been added under 'Settings'
Users can now assign custom button assignments for the DualShock 4 controller
A Zoom for pictures feature has been added
Inverted color option
Text-to-speech feature has been added
Users can now set the system to display enlarged text, bolder fonts and higher contrast user interface elements
Remote Play & Share Play
Users are now able to use Remote Play and Share Play at 60fps. (The gameplay recording feature will be disabled when used)
December 3, 2014[14]
Operations quality during use of some applications has been improved
November 5, 2014[15]
System software stability has been improved when you turn on the system and when it enters rest mode
October 28, 2014[16][17][18][19]
Players in a party can now use Share Play.
With Share Play, two PSN players in the same party can share a game screen. The host (the user who initiates Share Play) and the guest (the user who joins Share Play) can play the same game together while watching the same screen, or the guest can take the place of the host and operate the host's game screen
To initiate Share Play, select [Share Play] from the party screen. Use of some features requires a PlayStation Plus membership
Video clips can now be uploaded to YouTube
You can now set themes for home screens and function screens for each user. Themes can be downloaded from PlayStation Store. Select themes in [Settings] > [Themes]
You can now play music stored on USB storage devices. Connect a USB storage device containing music files (MP3 or AAC) to the PS4 system, and then select [USB Music Player] from the content area
You can now view broadcasts from the past
Broadcasts can now be filtered by language. With the list of broadcasts displayed, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Language]
You can now follow your favorite channels or broadcasters
[Featured) has been added. You can browse broadcasts such as PlayStation®-recommended broadcasts, broadcasts from Friends, and broadcasts you follow
[Games] has been added. Broadcasts for each game are displayed
Twitch icons can now be displayed in comments
You can now display messages to spectators
You can now include party voice chats in broadcasts. A player's voice will be included only if the setting to allow the player's voice to be broadcast is enabled in the party settings
You can now adjust settings such as size, background, and effects of video content from the PlayStation Camera
When you select [Upload Screenshot] from the Share menu, you can now attach a screenshot to your message
You can now trim your video clips in [Capture Gallery]
You can now set the length of time your controller will charge while your PS4 system is in Rest Mode (formerly known as Standby Mode – see below). Set the time in [Settings] > [Power Save Settings] > [Set Functions Available in Rest Mode] > [Supply Power to USB Ports]
[View Guide] and [Commands for Voice Operation] have been added to [Settings] > [System] > [Voice Operation Settings]. You can view a list of details and hints about operating the PS4 system with your voice
[Input Device] and [Output Device] have been added to [Settings] > [Devices] > [Audio Devices]. Also, [Output to Headphones] in [Settings] > [Sound and Screen] > [Audio Output Settings] has moved to [Settings] > [Devices] > [Audio Devices]
[Mouse] has been added to [Settings] > [Devices]
Names of players you may know can now be displayed in areas such as your Friends list or under What's New. You can set whether to display your real name and profile picture to other players you may know in [Settings] > [PSN] > [Privacy Settings] > [Connecting with Friends] > [Players You May Know]
You can now search for players by entering their real names in areas such as [Friends]. You can set whether to display your real name and profile picture in other players' search results in [Settings] > [PSN] > [Privacy Settings] > [Connecting with Friends] > [Search]
You can now record a voice message by pressing the Triangle button in the [Messages] screen
The layout of the [Party] screen has been improved
The number of content items displayed in the content area has been changed. Content items that are not displayed can be reviewed in [Library]. You can review all content items in the content area by removing the checkmark from [Limit Number of Content Items on Home Screen] in [Settings] > [System]
[PS button] now appears in some notification messages. You can view details about a message by pressing the PS button when the message is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen
When you connect a new device to your system, you can check the remaining battery charge in the system message that is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen
"Standby Mode" has been renamed "Rest Mode"
Arabic language support
Pause and resume downloads
Manual check for game updates

Version 1 Edit

Release date (UTC)
September 2, 2014[20]
Stability has been improved during the use of some system software features
July 29, 2014[21][22][23]
Playback of Blu-ray 3D is now supported
Sound quality has been improved during 1.5x playback with Blu-ray Disc and DVD videos
System messages previously displayed on the top-right corner of the screen are now displayed on the top-left corner of the screen
[Featured Content] has been added to (Settings) > [System] > [Automatic Downloads and Uploads]. When this setting is enabled, featured content from the PlayStation Store is automatically downloaded while the PS4 system is either powered on or in standby mode
Stability has been improved during the use of some system software features
Stability has been improved during the use of some system software features
Stability has been improved during the use of some system software features
A rich video editor called ''SHAREfactory'' is now available
[Best HD] (720p) has been added as a supported resolution for broadcasts using Ustream or Twitch
Broadcasts to Ustream or Twitch can now be saved
The screen layout for broadcasting has been improved
Notifications of new viewers and comments are displayed when streaming in full-screen mode
Ability to share video clips and screenshots while streaming
Video clips and screenshots can now be copied to USB storage
The length of video clips that will be saved can be selected. The length can be 1, 3, 5, 10, or 15 minutes
Screenshots and video clips will not be saved when [Broadcast Gameplay] is selected in the menu for the Share feature. To save screenshots, select [Upload Screenshot] or press the triangle button. To save video clips, select [Upload Video Clip] or press the square button
The audience on Facebook for sharing screenshots and video clips can now be set (previously a system-wide option set the same audience for all uploads)
Option to share multiple screenshots to Facebook in a single post
Music Unlimited now has 'Share' capabilities
HDCP can now be turned off, allowing video capture over HDMI
The DualShock 4 light bar can be set to three brightness levels: bright, medium or dim[32]
Full functionality for PlayStation TV remote play with PS4 systems added[33][34]
PlayStation Plus icon displayed for members
Option to sort Trophies by rarity
Additional voice commands
Deep color output option within video output settings
New notification type: "From PlayStation"
The login screen no longer appears when a controller is disconnected and reconnected
Option to send crash reports automatically
Option to attached a video clip to crash reports
Option to force 5.1 audio output over HDMI, even if the system detects 7.1 channel support
Timestamps are now displayed in the "Whats New" section
'Capture Library' has been added to the home menu (a shortcut to view captured videos and screenshots)
While watching Blu-ray movies, it is now possible to go back to the PS4 main menu without closing the player entirely
Adjust microphone level settings within Audio Device Settings
PlayStation Store
Games pre-ordered on PlayStation Store can now be pre-downloaded allowing immediate access on release date[35]
Alternative payment options for PS4 content are now available
New Friends options, making it easier to find friends, friends of friends, mutual friends, and accept friend requests more quickly
Image quality for some applications has been improved
Stability has been improved during the use of some system software features
Eject/insert disc icons now appear in the upper right corner of the screen when a disc is ejected/inserted
System now beeps upon eject button press
Picture quality during DVD playback has been improved
Wireless stereo headsets (CECHYA-0080 / CECHYA-0083 / CECHYA-0086) and a stereo headset (CECHYA-0088) are now supported
The microphone for the PlayStation Camera can be muted
System stability has been improved
System stability has been improved
Minor elements of the user interface have been refined
Ability to record and share video clips
Ability to broadcast gameplay to Twitch or Ustream
Remote Play support
Support for second-screen experiences through the PlayStation mobile app
Ability to play games while they're being downloaded
Multiple users can log into the system at once
'Party' group chat functionality
Facial recognition and voice commands via PlayStation Camera
Ability to play music from Music Unlimited in the background, while using games or other applications
Online multiplayer support
Blu-ray Disc and DVD support
Included with some games such as War Thunder, Trine 2.
Changes unknown
Included with some games such as Knack.
Changes unknown
Preinstalled on newer CUH-10xxA models.
Changes unknown
Initial release

See also Edit

Other gaming platforms from Sony:

Other gaming platforms from this generation:

Gaming platforms from the seventh generation:


  1. 4.0 4.1
  2. 2014-04-17, PS4“システムソフトウェア バージョン1.70”の内容が公開、ニコニコ生放送や各配信サービス内の動画アーカイブへの対応、HDCP信号オフなど, Famitsu
  3. 2014-04-17, PS4がバージョン1.70へのアップデートでニコ生HD配信などに対応!, Weekly ASCII
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