PS4 4.50 update is expected to drop today – here's what it brings with it

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The next PlayStation 4 update is set to be a big one – announced last month, Sony revealed it would introduce external hard drive support as well as 3D Blu-ray support for the PlayStation VR headset. 

The update has been in testing for over a month now and those on the inside are reporting that we can expect to see it rolled out to the wider PlayStation community on March 7. 

Aside from the big changes we’ve previously detailed there are lots of little changes being introduced in this update including changes to the notifications tab and the degree of customization users have over their profiles. 

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The notifications tab will now roll notifications, downloads, uploads and game alerts into one single tab. The intention here is to make it see all your new news “at-a-glance” but to us it seems slightly confusing and messy. Apparently there will, however, be the option to press ‘options’ and select the subcategory of notification you’d like to see.  

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Users are also going to have slightly more control over their profiles with the option to choose the color of their profile and the addition of custom themes. Apparently you can’t import an image from a USB but you can use the PS4 browser to google an image, capture it and set it as your theme. 

You can also use images you’ve screen grabbed in your favorite games which adds a feeling that your PlayStation profile is really yours. 

The Quick Menu is also receiving a refresh; now it’ll take over less of your gameplay screen when you pull it up and you’ll be able to create new parties, invite friends to existing parties and and join existing parties without having to trail all the way out to the separate party app. 

Last but not least, PS4 Pro users can look forward to that Boost Mode for improved performance on games that haven't been specifically patched for Sony's 4K machine.

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There are more features expected to be included in the update and it looks like we won’t have long to see what they are! It's almost like they planned it for TechRadar's Console Gaming Week. 

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