PS4 Owners Can Sign Up For System Update 5.50 Beta

Try out new features first Get a cool avatar!

News by Mike Williams, .

Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that it's almost ready to test out the next iteration of the PlayStation 4's system software. System update 5.50 is coming and Sony is looking for beta testers. Users in the United States (and Canada for the first time ever) can sign up right here to try out the new update. You have until the start of the beta in February to register.

"Beta testers for our previous major system software update, version 5.00, got a preview of features like Family on PSN, friend list management, message improvements and much more before launch," wrote Sony Interactive Entertainment America Senior Product Marketing Manager Brian Dunn on the PlayStation Blog.

"If you're part of the program, you'll receive an email with instructions on downloading the beta version of the next system software. In order to sign up, you'll need a PS4 system with an internet connection and SEN account. And remember - you can roll back to the previous system software at any time," he added.

When they register for this beta, users can choose to be automatically included in future beta updates. Doing so will net you an exclusive PlayStation avatar. Sony has yet to outline what features players can expect in the upcoming beta.

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  • Avatar for Roto13 #1 Roto13 6 months ago
    I want that avatar because it's "exclusive." But I don't want to use beta firmware just in case something goes wrong. And I don't want to sign up and then not test the firmware because that's dishonest. I'm so torn.
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #2 airbagfin51 6 months ago
    @Roto13 I don't think they will hold it against you. Last time I did it, it took abt. a week before I had time to install and try it out, and nobody said anything. I don't think they see it as a binding agreement that you *will* run the beta firmware.

    I mean, they even give you the option to rollback to the regular firmware whenever you want.Edited January 2018 by airbagfin51
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