Sony is inviting PlayStation 4 owners to sign up to beta test the newest version of the PS4 system software before it is publicly released.
The PS4 System Software is the operating system for the console. It gives the PS4 its unique graphical layout and enables multiple features including the ability to view your online profile, access social features and share your captured gameplay videos.
Sony have a team of software developers who are improving system security, evolving the OS and constantly adding features many in response to user requests. These are released at non-specific intervals throughout the year.
PS4 users are notified via their PS4 when a new (free) System Software version is available which they can update manually, although this can be set to update automatically.
Whilst Sony put the System Software through quality control prior to release, it’s public release on over 25 million PS4 consoles can reveal bugs and sometimes lead to more significant technical issues. The new beta program is a way to test the System Software on a wider sample of PS4s with testers providing feedback on their experience. The other benefit is that it increases customer engagement. PlayStation fans get to test the new OS earlier than the public and there is a certain credibility about that.
The beta program will begin on the 2nd September and Sony will reveal the new System Software features on the same day.