PS4's Newest System Update Focuses on Improving Stability Once Again

The version 1.74 firmware is now available for PlayStation 4 owners.

The latest PlayStation 4 system update is now available. Unfortunately for those hoping it includes some new features, this one deals exclusively with system stability.

PS4 owners who turn on their console today will find the 1.74 update available for download. The one and only item listed in the notes for it is identical to what we've seen for several updates in a row: "System software stability during use of some features has been improved."

Addressing stability was the lone change in the last two system updates, versions 1.71 and 1.72, both of which were released in June. An update numbered 1.73 was apparently skipped (or someone at Sony just doesn't like the number).

The last PS4 update to include any new features--or even so much as a specific note about what was changed--was the 1.70 update released on April 30. That was a major update, introducing a new video editor, brightness settings for the DualShock 4's light bar, a way to disable HDCP, preloading support, and a number of other features. To date, it's one of only two system updates (not counting the one available at launch) to offer more than stability improvements and other small refinements.

While Sony has been relatively slow in releasing new feature updates--Microsoft has been releasing monthly system updates for Xbox One--it has nonetheless been the top-selling console since its release. As of April 6, 7 million PS4s had been sold worldwide.

Sony solicits ideas from fans for new features, and allows them to vote on those they would like to see implemented through system updates. Currently, the most popular PS4 ideas on the PlayStation Blog Share website include a way to change your PlayStation Network name, improved media support, notifications for friends coming online (or going offline), and a way to delete listings for games you've earned no trophies in.

What features would you most like to see in a future PS4 system update? Let us know in the comments.

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MrBlondeX

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371 comments
RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

This is barely news, minor update that takes 45 seconds to download. Move along.

maduscg
maduscg

Maybe these updates is a  way of trying to fight off the console hackers like what they did on ps3.These system stability updates are getting frequent and mine has always been stable since I bought it.

10854
10854

Would like a breakdown of which features' stability is improved.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

stop giving us improved stability, my ps4 has been stable since I bought it. only crashes I have had so far is on battlefield 4 and of course that was dice's fault :). Even thief had no crashes, and we all know how bad that game was on launch (very buggy). other than that ps4 has been the best and most flawless gaming experience I have ever had. start focusing on features!


where is play as you download? I couldn't play destiny beta while it was downloading.


where is the feature you promised where if ps4 goes in standby while playing a game the game comes back on where you left it when you next power on?


jellyman68
jellyman68

@sshfoma645 @Aaronp2k That doesn't sound right. You sure it's not a hardware problem? 

Mine has crashed a few times. Never played Madden, but I'd estimate I get 1 crash for every 15 hours of gameplay on EA's UFC. It hasn't happened enough to become a major issue for me though, but I welcome any software patches that make it less likely.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Software isn't -- and never has been -- Sony's strong suit.  They make pretty good hardware, but their software and services usually stink.  As a software company that can borrow from a fully functional OS, Microsoft's XBOX software is usually pretty stable.

My guess is that many of Sony's updates are tweaks designed to prevent hacking / piracy.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@theKSMM microsoft's xbox software maybe ye. not their other software though lol. use windows 8 or 8.1 for a year and compare to mac os or linux and you will soon see why they aren't great with software either.

oldtobie
oldtobie

@Aaronp2k @theKSMM Windows 8.1 is perfectly stable and easy to use.  Typical follower of any whine trend, you hear that others dislike something and jump right on the wagon with them.  Of course, you talk about the other popular OSes so generally that you're probably just making this up entirely.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I don't know why Sony doesn't give details about what the update pertains to. Seems kind of sneaky.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Vodoo japanese can be a wil sneaky somtimes!


south park instantly come to mind when I read your comment haha.

Janusmemory
Janusmemory

A way to emulate games of previous consoles (PSOne, PS2 and PS3) would be nice...

theKSMM
theKSMM

@Janusmemory Agreed, but Sony has already shown that they don't intend to emulate older games, they intend to sell us updated digital versions of "classics" that run on our current consoles.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

Having worked at a few software companies, I can tell you that monthly updates don't work.  Quicker is not always better.


I want things fixed quickly as much as the next consumer, but I'd rather something have been implemented correctly to begin with.  A lot of that comes down to time constraints and poor to non-existent QA when you're on a 30 day release schedule. 


running_snake
running_snake

1.75 coming next week; 3D Bluray film playback. Not terribly excited, but there's that.

hystavito
hystavito

An update that adds nothing but gets almost 500 comments :).  Yeah, people really like the console war :).

rob19ny
rob19ny

This is Sony's go-to update. It was expected.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Why is this even news tho? No one was reporting the minor updates whenever they came out on PS3 to complain about it not bringing new features.. why is it an issue now?

quicktim3
quicktim3

@PayneKiller because fanboys wars are greater then ever before, and articles like this generate clicks and revenue for gamespot. 

Triton
Triton

Gotta be stable for the PS3 ports.

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

I'd like it to remember wifi networks. I take my ps4 to friends houses and have to setup the wifi every time, and then again for my network when i get back home. It seems like pretty much all devices are able to do this now days, the ps4 should too. 

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@brandonmshanks I agree. All they have to do is have remember wep/wpa key feature and networking will be so much easier. why don't you write in to sony feedback?

acedamack
acedamack

4k for viewing(youtube, Blu-Ray ect.) backwards compatibility for ps2 and ps1. the ps4 is more than capable of handling that.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

I'm waiting for YouTube and hbo go apps right now, not a system update thing but ya that's all I feel I'm missing. The last major update that came with share factory made me feel my PS4 was twice as powerful all of a sudden. I'll patiently wait for the next update, I'm only on it to play games right now so the less I have to get randomly kicked out of them the better

niccodemarini
niccodemarini

Wow by reading your guys comments I can tell that Sony has the cream of the crop helping them with things to update. I personally think they need to get the Netflix audio to match up with the picture. I have to turn off my ps4 every damn time I log into Netflix to get the audio to match up. And I know that is shortening the life of my system turning it on and off all the time. That is my suggestion.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@niccodemarini thats not down to sony im afraid. whoever developed the netflix app is responsible for that. sony console itself doesn't have problems syncing audio which you will soon see if you watch a blu ray or stream something from psn. netflix sucks anyways, better off with apple tv and then beamer for mac or of course android tv if you use windows. then you can stream anything you want off the internet for free on your tv wireless, no sub fee :). wouldn't recommend airplay on apple tv, there is an app called beamer which handles airplay a lot better because it buffers part of the video before it gets sent to the screen meaning smoother playback. only works for physical video though, so you have to download video in order to stream.

sciencepunk73
sciencepunk73

What many of you fail to realize is the other reason for updates: creators & publishers have things they want the system/OS to do or bugs they've found that need patching. Updates like this are generally for that reason.

The Ps4 has 3D, for games only. I want the 3D BluRay driver so I can finally remove last gen from my set up and pass on to my gf who wants to play xcom & could use a bluray player.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I doubt anything was changed. 3 'updates' in a row with nothing to show for them screams marketing. Sony gets to say they have regular updates without updating anything. Has MS ever had an update with no verifiable content? No.

But hey, a marketing update without content makes sense since their average customer bought a PS based in marketing with no games.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Marketing... really?

I don't see the selling point behind it for consoles. This rant is poor.

customx5
customx5

@RobDev  He's speaking truth, Sony updates without adding new features while MS has been added new features for the past 3 consecutive months. This is being a fanboy for pointing out the facts? I think you're just trying to save face for the PS4's lack of features.

RobDev
RobDev

@customx5 "I doubt anything was changed." thats not the truth. thats fanboy bs. MANDATORY updates that change nothing? please.

rasterror
rasterror

This goes to show that Sony is not a software company at all. I think they are purposely not adding features so people will be forced into paying for their streaming services.

rasterror
rasterror

Yeah, okay. My Xbox One is pretty stable and that's while it's multi-tasking. Not only that I get nice added features. But keeping saying that to yourself and maybe one day someone will believe it.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@rasterror on the contrary, the fact they focus on improving their software makes them a better software company than most of the others. xbox one is constantly releasing new features but focusing less on improving their software. sony wants to get everything right before they add new features. quality > quantity.


lets also remember that ps4 is not about software. it is mainly about games, that is what we all paid for that is what we get. i mean who buys a ps4 to stream youtube or netflix, a ps3 can do that...

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I've been keen on having a away of deleting games from my trophy list for some time now, even if it meant I'd take a hit on my overall trophy level. There's just some games I don't like being reminded that I actually played them; NFS Shift for example.

I can't see us ever getting the ability to change our PSN names. Imagine logging on to find your friends have changed their names and their avatars. Unless you'd memorized their trophy levels you wouldn't have a clue who was who.

As far as this update goes, who cares if there's no features update? If there's problems with the system's processing capabilities or security, wouldn't you want it fixing straight away instead of waiting for the next update that lets you change the colour of your profile background.

Halloll
Halloll

I have no Idea what all these unrelated comment have to do with the article.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@Halloll i have no idea why you are on the internet asking this very question. dude its all about hardware right?

gordonmcn1
gordonmcn1

Hey can anyone send me a code for destiny beta please my email is amcnaught@hotmail.co.uk much appreciated if someone could

tim1935
tim1935

Generic patch notes mostly involve back end changes to keep them ahead of hackers:  security, encryption, etc.

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

meanwhile on microsoft, "lol, let's change the order of the apps and make it a update"

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

Adding 3D and improving the interface to customer demand or what you said.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

stabilize those triggers that no one can use properly because they where design for inhuman hands

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

sony knows pownies will get hard on stabilizing that hardware they bought with no software. 

Rushaoz
Rushaoz

GIVE ME CHAT AUDIO THROUGH HDMI WHEN HEADSET IS PLUGGED IN YOU MOOKS

J-007
J-007

More media support and classic titles to be played from early PS days and furthermore please

stickybun
stickybun

Stabalize my stabilization.