PS4 Update 1.71 Now Available, Improving System Stability

Details for the new system update list only a single new "feature."

After teasing last night that a new PlayStation 4 update was "coming soon," Sony has now released the latest system update, version 1.71.

Unfortunately, whereas the last update introduced a number of new features, the 1.71 update is not a feature-heavy one. The single item listed when installing the update reads, "System software stability during use of some features has been improved." Sony has yet to provide any specifics on what these features are, nor has it updated its support page to make mention of 1.71.

The 1.70 update, released at the end of April, added the ability to change the DualShock 4 light bar's brightness, SHAREfactory (a video editing tool), support for saving Twitch or Ustream broadcasts, and more. It was the seventh system update to be distributed through the PlayStation Network since the PS4's launch in November, some of which have, like 1.71, been focused exclusively on system stability.

PS4 sales eclipsed 7 million units worldwide as of April 6. The company hasn't provided any further sales updates since then, but Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said last month that the third-party publisher expects PS4 and Xbox One to combine to sell 30 million units by the end of March 2015.

The system will be getting a major new feature this summer in PlayStation Now, Sony's streaming game service. It's currently in beta and will be released on PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita, as well as certain Bravia TVs. We should be learning more about its launch, possibly as well as some of the new features Sony has planned for future PS4 updates, during Sony's E3 press conference next week, scheduled to take place this Monday, June 9, at 6PM Pacific. You'll be able to catch that right here on GameSpot or in select movie theaters.

What kind of features would you like to see included in the PS4's next system update? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

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220 comments
chaazin
chaazin

bluetooth compatiblility yet?

gundamalt
gundamalt

when is half-life 3 coming out ?

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Does the update improve the consoles crappy graphics at all.

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

Nice update. Still no option to route chat to your main speakers if you plug a mic into the DS4. :(

Gomtor
Gomtor

The only update I want is the ability to personalize my "desktop". It kind of sucks that I cannot.

lpsyco666
lpsyco666

noise, overheating, do not read youtube videos,ps3 read everthing,

i see live football in ps3

the ps4 dualshock it seems to be done with a old mobile phone battery.,etc..a totaly mess this ps4 engineering...

joystickup-kid
joystickup-kid

Sigh* Still no media playback support... To hell with the PS4. Technically, the PS3 is more advanced and I'm keepin it.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Very well, I'll ask again.

Do Sony updates still take 3 hours long to DL & install - on either system?

normanislost
normanislost

On the PS3 they've always been a pain

PS4 is an utter delight by comparison very quick as they should be

mikees1
mikees1

Nope. Ten minutes. So find another fault.

prime_l
prime_l

@normanislost 

I'll second this. My biggest issue with the PS3 was download and install times. PS4 breezes along in these areas.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

10 minutes? While that's an improvement over the PS3, the X1 is seconds. But good to know, regardless.

anewellz01
anewellz01

Damn...how does an article about a mundane system update instigate another fanboy battle? ....sigh

thecman25
thecman25

this update helped my ps4 go smoother 

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

that new patch sells your ps4 and ships you a xbox one with all them games youve been sweating

mikees1
mikees1

I'd say it's the botts in denial. Wouldn't still be bitter that you paid 100 more for the inferior console would you? Microsoft's version of the WII U? Which, if current stats persist will over take the x1 and become the 2nd place console by next year. I wouldn't get too cocky about the number of games either. Not ONE of them is good, Ryse is the only one I can name and it's only for it's comedic 5hit value that I even remember it. Nope, perfectly happy I made the wise choice of selling my x1 to buy the powerhouse that is PS4.

Asus4000
Asus4000

No Music Player, they will sell more, anyway I prefer the light on the Dualsock 4, the controller battery will increase by 3-4 hours with the setting on dim.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Do Sony updates still take 3 hours?

maduscg
maduscg

I wish there was an update to fix those squeaky triggers on the DS4

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@Sevenizz Wii U has my favorite controller personally, the pro controller not the gamepad. It's all a matter of preference.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

There is, it's called an Xbox One - best controller in the industry.

gregbmil
gregbmil

All I want is for the Playstation Store to open everytime I try to go to it, like it does on PS3

deadfamous
deadfamous

@gregbmil It never opens right! I have to wait for it (usually goes for couple of mins) to load, until then it's on a blue screen. How is it so hard to fix that?!

mikees1
mikees1

That's your internet connection. Nothing to do with Sony.

Gomtor
Gomtor

@gregbmil Mine always go to store immediately, from day 1.  Must be  your internet connection.

kmac2085
kmac2085

I personally would like to see the ability to work with universal remotes, more headsets and to be able to pull video from your PC. I think they're are dragging ass on most of this.

Illeagle34
Illeagle34

I see there is a bit of talk on save games not uploading being fixed. This has been a problem for me for months. Sony support told me to re-initialize my system. Did that and it still didn't work. I couldn't even work around it by manually uploading my saves. I got an error when I tried that too. Even after deleting the save completely from online storage it STILL wouldn't upload. So has this been fixed?

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

"Improving System Stability"


Been waiting for this update. PS4 keeps falling off my entertainment center.

zzchamzz
zzchamzz

Probably it will be playable some day. When the next next gen comes out.....

byzantine_chant
byzantine_chant

Eh, remember the days when consoles didn't need updates?

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

man whats up with this console its just hardware sitting on old games and indie games

draign
draign

Can the PS4 play CDs yet?

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@t1000_v2 @draign It plays video games it streams netflix it plays dvds it plays blu ray, but omg no audio cds. Think about it for a damn minute. It's a video game console. They used to only play video games, they don't have to fricken do everything.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@thebeachguy90 @draign What's that supposed to even mean? It's too advanced for 20 year olds to figure out how to play a cd? Because you know we had cds for quite a long time, in the 90's. Or do you mean it's too advanced for adults to program cd functions into a video game system? Do you think ten year olds could program video game consoles because they're so much smarter and more tech savvy? Think before you open your mouth.

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

@gunnmetal @mirage_so3 @t1000_v2 @draign Why? You have a computer. Why does a video game console need to do everything? I would rather have a video game console that focused on playing video games rather than one that focused on making sure it can do everything and neglect the video game aspect of the console.

mikees1
mikees1

Funny that, because I had to download a programme to play dvds on my windows 8 laptop. So no, old computers had that function, new ones don't. And anyways who wants cds playing through the tv? Why oh why are people complaining about not having a function they wouldn't use anyway? If I wanted an entertainment centre that played games as an afterthought I'd have kept my x1. But I didn't, so I'm happy with my ps4 and Bose music centre.....designed for cds!

t1000_v2
t1000_v2

@draign LOL. You just reminded me that It's the year 2014 and a console needs an update to play an audio CD. And companies like Sony wonder why they are bleeding billions of dollars.