Much like previous system software Betas preceding other PS4 System Firmware launches, Sony will be holding a Beta release for PS4 Firmware 4.00. The company announced the Beta program today on the PlayStation Blogs for both North America and Europe. Interested players can sign up for the Beta by filling out a questionnaire linked in their respective PlayStation Blog posts above. Sony will release more information about both the upcoming Beta and the new features present in Firmware 4.00 sometime next month.
Previous Betas have added features such as "Suspend and Resume" available in Rest mode, as well as the ability to appear offline to your PSN friends, create various PSN communities, stream to YouTube Gaming, and more. Whatever new features are added with the system's next update, they should be fairly major! As always, PlayStation Vita users beware - using the Beta software on your PS4 may prevent you from using Remote Play until a corresponding Vita system software update releases!
I never got the chance to try out the two other PlayStation 4 system software Betas, and chances are I won't get the opportunity to check it out this time around either. Like I said, other system software versions that features a Beta like this one have added some fairly major features - it should be interesting seeing exactly what sort of features Sony is planning to add to their system this time around. If I could be allowed to hope for any specific feature, could they maybe give us the ability to install games to an external hard-drive? Both Nintendo's Wii U and Microsoft's Xbox One allow users to install titles to an external hard-drive. It's great that Sony allows users to easily replace their internal hard-drives, but it's always nice to see more options - especially ones that the competition already have!