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PS4 System Software Update 1.76 Released Today, Improves System Stability

"Sony’s PlayStation 4 has just received another update, that once again promises to add a tad more stability to some features available on the consoles. This time the update is a bit heavy, having almost 200 MB — so we can expect for some real improvements."

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Am-No-Hero664d ago (Edited 663d ago )

its ok

waiting for 1.80 then 2.00

globeofgamers663d ago

I think everyone is waiting for 2.00! :) Can't wait to have custom themes, instead of the boring blue standard one.

Vitalogy663d ago

Yeah I like blue but after a long time it gets annoying watching at the same thing over and over.

Also, I don't get all these "system stability improvements" via Fw updates. Don't get me wrong I'm all in for having a stable system but in my view its weird all these updates, why don't the system stability get fixed with one update only?

_NotoriousJaee663d ago

just want my friends list to load :(

arkard663d ago

@vitalogy these are things like discovered backdoor that make the system vulnerable to hackers, or when they discover a way to lessen the UI demand on system resources. They release multiple because they fix them as they come, if they waited to launch one big one they would never release it.

SolidStoner663d ago

I would like to see registration updates.. Many countries still dont have even a basic country flag option.. we have to use fake accounts, with fake everything.. and I live in Europe.. (all Baltics have no support from Sony..) and list goes on..

ramiuk1663d ago

more interested in folders to declutter my dash so i could see the background

Patrick_pk44663d ago

@Vitalogy Because there is always more room for improvement. Developers claim they max out the power of a console, but then through further researching they uncover more, this is the same thing.

donthate663d ago

Another great feature, stability!

Obviously there hasn't been a major stability issue, so why keep rolling out unnecessary updates.

I am itching for something new as this is getting stale.

DVAcme663d ago

@Vitalogy My guess is that each update improves stability as new games are added, since new games will add new data the system needs to process, and game patches might fix features within the game but not without. Also, features like PSN and Playstation Now also use system resources in ways that can affect stability. The fact that the system also disallows network features until new updates are added also makes me think there's anti-piracy measures involved too.

Personally, I'm glad we get updates so often and in such an unobtrussive way, and my PS4's been running top notch since the day I bought it.

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Summons75663d ago

When is video playback via external hard drives coming? I remember seeing soon but I Dont know when.

TimeSkipLuffy663d ago

When Sony cares. Can be from now until half a year later or beyond. Remember how long it took them to add wireless headset support after their announcement they would include it "soon"?

Loktai663d ago

It seems right now they have a focus on specific gaming stability and focusing on it as a gaming machine first and a media playback device second.

Death663d ago

System stability has been in progress for close to a year now. Media playback in both consoles should have shipped day 1. Nothing needed to be redone, it worked perfectly fine on the PS3 and 360. Saying they are focused on gaming first is getting old. Both systems should have been stable and had the same feature set from last gen before launch.

Muzikguy663d ago

I like updates. I hope 2.0 isn't too far off!

FanboyKilla663d ago

Lmfao another update that i cant see or feel. Looks good on n4g though. Smh

reko663d ago

how do you feel an update? what a dumbass lol

Remy_Chaos663d ago (Edited 663d ago )

You see this is why you have one bubble... because of stupid comments like these.

(edit - not aimed at you reko)

system22663d ago (Edited 663d ago )

@reko:
Pretend this is a situation where you aren't being a dick and think of ways you could " feel" an update... Maybe in more of a less literal sense since your apparently smart enough to understand somebody alluding to something beyond its literal interpretation. Performance is one of those things... You "feel" a performance increase. Things can "feel" faster or slower. The UI/nav can "feel" more or less intuitive.

VealParmHero663d ago

i just want those dynamic themes

system22663d ago

Those definitely piqued my interest. Very clever.

Killzoner99663d ago

Sonys giving us everything we're asking for. Games and security. This shows that they are listening and they're nailing it.

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Gamer1982663d ago

Why not just work on 2.00 more than these smaller increments and get it out sooner?? Would make more sense. It's like advertising your sequel for your game with an enhanced engine etc then releasing your game. People want the sequel.

KwietStorm663d ago

Alternatively, why not lay the ground work first, when you have a big new floor being built, rather than throw it on top, just because people want it.

Death663d ago

Alternatively, they shipped the roof and are sending 2x4's monthly to help prop it up off the floor.

I don't see anyone asking for something crazy, just the features that worked will for the past 5-7 years. You know, the things people expected on day 1. I don't understand the apologists that make it sound like media playback is some crazy cutting edge technology and all the focus has been on turning a console into a gaming device which has never been done before now.

To all of you that say "the focus is on gaming", we get it. What you are missing is gaming was established in the 70's. We are past that now and want to see out shiny new $400-$500 consoles atleast do what they did since the mid 2000's.

KwietStorm663d ago

@Death

I'm only referring to 2.0, in response to Gamer1982. You're preaching to the choir.

JetsFool3500663d ago

No because if they rush it it'll come out buggy then you'll be b*tchin how the patch made the ps4 laggy & buggy

TimeSkipLuffy663d ago

It is not unusual that even smaller updates from Sony can cause quite some trouble here and there from time to time...

kneon663d ago

On large software projects it's often the case that the people doing the maintenance are not the same people that develop new features. So they can do both.

Agent_hitman663d ago (Edited 663d ago )

Is there a chance that Sony would release a firmware that could max the clockspeed of the PS4 from 1.7 to 2.75Ghz?, I believe that's the max clock of the Jaguar CPU based on A10 architecture.. I can only hope.. We have long way to go before the current gen ends.. Just like X360 and Ps3.

lemoncake663d ago

The box doesn't have the cooling for such a speed increase.

Loktai663d ago

Very true, but maybe....Maybe something slight. I Dont think anyone would notice much difference anyway.

The PS4 has a separate chip that it uses while streaming or recording game video and correct me if Im wrong but stuff like music unlimited in the background/integrated into the dashboard also uses that 256mb of memory and the small processor. This may be why they can get the same or better results out of a CPU that has a maximum clock that is slightly lower (as far as we know). Of course that could change with a firmware update and they may never even TELL us given that they've never said much else for sure.

Loktai663d ago

Sorry, I Meant 256megabits when I Said, not 256 megabytes. Just to be clear.

ScottyHoss663d ago

http://www.examiner.com/art...

It's a great idea and all, but I don't think devs would want to optimize for both unless demand kicks up for higher quality at the mid/end of the generation.

purp13m0nk3y663d ago

That is completely irrelevant. The CPU cores clock dynamically, dependent on load (both thermal and computational) and can achieve much higher peak speeds than 1.6 or even 2ghz.

Developers need to balance efficient use of available computational throughput while still staying within the envelope of thermal load the PS4 is capable of disapating.

Some tasks are better suited to multicore processing while other tasks are better suited to a single core. Obviously the single core processes will benefit greatly from a increase in clock speed while multi threaded processes, not as much.

Therefore the PS4 will be constantly adjusting the clocks of each core to suit the task being processed, this happens dynamically, possibly hundreds of times a second.

No one (not even MS and Sony) have been forthcoming with information on peak theoretical clock speeds. And honestly it's actually kind of irrelevant if trying to compare performance of each system. As peak theoretical clocks are never maintain for long periods.

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C-H-E-F663d ago

I believe the system will be fully unlocked around year 5/6 like the playstation 3

neoandrew663d ago

You are wrong, ps4 cpu is at 1.6, m$ has set it in xone at 1.75.

But if m$ can, sony can too, i think both consoles can use 2 ghz in future, probably they will release more ram for games in time.

SSJBen663d ago

You understand that the Xbone has significantly beefier cooling than the PS4, right?

175mhz isn't going to help performance much, so why bother?

Also, none of this should matter to you gamers either.

Ravenor663d ago

It doesn't work that way, these consoles are designed for a very specific thermal load. Fan speeds, vent placement, noise generation, these are all decisions that get made during the design process and they are all in service of cooling.

Microsoft has not increased the clockspeed of the Xbox One, you're referring to either the Kinect 10% which is GPU resources or the pre release bump for the CPU and GPU which was likely within their parameters for heat and noise. There is a reason that the power supply is separate on the Xbox One, they didn't do that just to annoy you.

Microsoft and Sony will never release "More Ram" neither console has a external slot and neither company is crazy enough to fracture their userbases that way.

neoandrew663d ago (Edited 663d ago )

@SSJBen

Nope, you are wrong, the same cpu that is clocked higher is better, maybe not much, depends on optimization, but, 1.75 is ALWAYS > 1.6.

So YES, it helps in performance, but not in resolution which is shader performance dependent and ps4 gpu is 50% more powerful.

But again, a weak pc cpu has 2 cores, but clocked 3,2 ghz, there are also powerful 4 core cpus with 3,2ghz or more and guest what, they work on box cooling, they are quiet.

Also the next gen consoles, doesn't require much less power than a good pc (not ultra one)

So it is a complete joke that they used 1,6 ghz CPU core...

Chris_GTR1663d ago

either way cpu doesnt matter for games , its the gpu that does the work

_NotoriousJaee663d ago

if the optimization is correct.

Death663d ago

That's like saying it doesn't matter how smart someone is as long as they are pretty.

Both consoles use an APU which combines the CPU and GPU into a single chip. They are also sharing memory which enables the GPU to take on some CPU functions. If the GPU was all you needed you would have incredibly pretty onscreen characters that couldn't move and had no A.I.

neoandrew663d ago

Complete BS, if that were true, why they bothered with 8 core cpu, if cpu doesn't matter in games, then why not use a 2 core cpu, lol...

mochachino663d ago

Some games already get the fans working pretty hard.

ramiuk1663d ago

would need extra cooling imo and i think i read that to change clock speed higher it would pull to many watts and they would need a different type of power plug as would need a transformer psu like a pc to up the wattage i think i read.

link here
http://www.dualshockers.com...

ipach663d ago (Edited 663d ago )

that's a turbo clock that probably requires 3 of the 4 cores (per module) to be unused to spread the heat. i wouldn't be surprised if the ps4 (and xbox one) is already doing this actually.

purp13m0nk3y663d ago

Exactly. The clock speeds of these CPU's (based on bulldozer cores) are dynamic and constantly being adjusted based on thermal and computational load.

The numbers that Sony and MS bandy around (1.6ghz vs 1.75ghz ect) just PR fluff, and ultimately irrelevant.

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WildArmed663d ago (Edited 663d ago )

Hope so, last thing anyone wants is stability issues with one of 2014's biggest game.

But still, Sony sure knows how to kill any support / hype behind their firmware upgrades.

You get 1 good one and then a dozen "unknowns". .

Shazz663d ago

Why they cant and haven't already added in friend notifications in these smaller stability updates baffles me, next gen and can even see who's coming on and off online.

BitbyDeath663d ago

I hated that feature, hopefully it'll be optional if they include it again.

Moe-Gunz663d ago

Hated this feature too. Most of the people I didn't care about. If we can customize it to alert us of certain people that will be better.

WildArmed663d ago

I would love it if we could put it that way. I used it because I had about 10 friends I played w/ often, but because of those 10, you get 90 other people giving notifications when you could care less if they are online at this moment :O