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[PS4™ system] Updated 02/13/2014

This article explains why updates are necessary, and how to perform the update on your PS4 system.

What do you want to do? Is your PS4 connected online? Recommended Actions
Update to the latest system software Yes Refer to PS4 Internet Update
Update to the latest system software No First, check the current system software version of your PS4:

Settings icon (Settings) > [System] > [System Information]

If version 1.5 or higher, refer to PS4 USB Update.
If version 1.0, refer to Safe Mode Update
Wipe the HDD completely and reinstall system software Not Applicable Refer to the Reinstallation Update page for detailed instructions on how to download and copy the full update for reinstallation to a USB storage device.
Install a new HDD Not Applicable Check out Upgrade PS4 HDD for detailed instruction on swapping out your HDD.

PS4 Internet Update

Update files size: 300MB - 400MB

If you try to access any network features through the Dynamic Menu (such as the What's New feed or the PS Store) will present you with option to update. This makes it quick and easy to perform the update and gain access the PSN (along with all of the other great features included with system software 1.5). Just select [Update Now] and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you want to become more familiar with the process before starting the update, please review the step by step process below.

The step-by-step process

To initiate the system software the update process:

  1. From the Home screen, press Left Button (Left) on the d-pad of your controller to select the [What's New] feed.
  2. If you can't find the Home screen, press the PlayStation Button icon (PlayStation Button) on your controller to jump directly to it.

  3. Press Down Button (Down) on the d-pad of the controller. The PS4 will present you with Update Now the screen shown at the top of this article.
  4. If you didn't start any other applications or games select [Upgrade Now]. Otherwise, save your game data in the game, then close it.
  5. The next screen informs you that a new system software was found. Select [Next] and press the X button icon button to continue.
  6. The following screen will show you the download progress.
  7. Once the download is complete, read System Software License Agreement. If you agree, select [Accept] and press the X button icon button to confirm your choice.
  8. The PS4 will then prepare the system for the update. This process will take a couple of minutes to complete.
  9. The PS4 will then restart and perform the update.
  10. After the update is completed the PS4 will restart another time. Once it is finished booting up, press the PS button on your controller and log in with your desired user profile.
  11. Next, a screen will ask you to sign in to the PSN. Select [Next] to sign in with your existing PSN account (or create a new one). Select [Skip] to sign in or sign up for PSN at a later time.
  12. Refer to our Master Accounts Knowledge Center article for more information on creating an PSN account.

  13. Regardless of the choice you make in the previous step, you will eventually find yourself back at the Dynamic Menu.

Your system is now updated. You can check the system version by going to the System Information screen.

Automatically downloading updates while in stand-by mode

Automatic downloads for system and game updates are enabled by default when PS4 is in standby mode. Your PS4 will automatically download it, enabling you to update quickly and easily.

To make sure this setting is enabled, go to Settings icon (Settings) > [Power Save Settings] > [Set Functions Available in Standby Mode], and make sure there is a check next to the following settings:

  • Connect to the Internet
  • Enable Turning On PS4 from Network

With these settings set, all you have to do is leave your PS4 in Standby Mode when you are not using it, and the update will download as soon as it is available.

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PS4 USB Update

Update files size: 300MB - 400MB

What is needed:

  • PlayStation®4 system (with System Software 1.5 or higher)
  • Computer connected to the Internet
  • USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive with at least 400MB of free space. 

The step-by-step process

  1. Visit our Download and Install page and follow the instructions for preparing your USB storage device and downloading the update.
  2. Plug the USB storage device prepared with the system update into a USB port of the PS4.
  3. From the Home scree, press up on the D-pad to enter the Function area. Press right on the D-pad to select (Settings), and then press the X button icon button.
  4. Scroll down to select [System Software Update] and press the X button icon button.

The system will find the update on your USD storage device. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update. For a detailed step-by-step process, refer to step 6 in the previous section.

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PS4 Safe Mode Update

Update files size: 300MB - 400MB

Are you installing a new HDD?

Note: If wish to completely format your HDD and reinstall the system software, or you are installing a new HDD, you will need to download the reinstallation update. This update has additional files necessary to initialize your new HDD. Please follow the instructions found here. You will need at least 1GB of free storage space on your USB device.

What is needed:

  • PlayStation®4 system
  • Computer connected to the Internet
  • USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive with at least 400MB of free space. 

The step-by-step process

  1. Visit our Download and Install page and follow the instructions for preparing your USB storage device and downloading the update.
  2. With the PS4 off, enter safe mode by pressing and holding the Power button until a second beep is heard (you will hold the Power button for about seven seconds).
  3. Connect a DualShock 4 controller with the provided USB cable and press the PlayStation Button icon (PlayStation Button).
  4. Choose [3. Update System Software] and press the X button icon button.
  5. Choose [1. Update from USB Storage Device] and press the X button icon button.
  6. Plug the USB storage device prepared with the system update into a USB port of the PS4. Choose {OK} and press the X button icon button.
  7. After a moment, a screen will appear show that a system update is available. Choose {Next} and press the X button icon button.
  8. The update file is copied to the PS4.
  9. Once the copy is complete, read System Software License Agreement. If you agree, select [Accept] and press the X button icon button to confirm your choice.
  10. Select [Next] and press the X button icon button to confirm your choice.
  11. The system software is now installing onto the PS4.
  12. After the update is completed the PS4 will restart another time. Once it is finished booting up, press the PS button on your controller and log in with your desired user profile.
  13. Next, a screen will ask you to sign in to the PSN. Select [Next] to sign in with your existing PSN account (or create a new one). Select [Skip] to sign in or sign up for PSN at a later time.
  14. Refer to our Master Accounts Knowledge Center article for more information on creating an PSN account.

  15. Regardless of the choice you make in the previous step, you will eventually find yourself back at the Dynamic Menu.

You system is now updated to 1.5. You can confirm this by verifying that [Library] is the right most tile in the Content Area of the Dynamic Menu.

Your system is now updated. You can check the system version by going to the System Information screen.

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