PS4: Firmware update – this is how it works

by Johannes

If you want to update the firmware of your PS4, you can do this directly via an Internet connection or manually via a PC and USB stick. In our practical tip, we introduce you to both options.

PS4: Update firmware directly via the console

If you want to update the firmware of your PS4, the best way to do this is directly via the console.

  • Start the PlayStation 4 and open the “Settings”.
  • Use the “System Software Update” category to automatically check for and download updates.
  • In the meantime, you can exit the menu and start the installation once the download is complete.
  • Note: For future updates, you can set up the automatic updates on the PS4.

PS4: Update system software via USB stick

Note: As an alternative to the following instructions, you can also burn the firmware onto a CD and then insert it into the PS4.

  • First download the latest firmware update for the PS4.
  • Connect a USB stick to your computer and remove any data it contains.
  • Create a folder on the USB stick with the name “PS4” and as subfolder “UPDATE”.
  • Transfer the downloaded firmware to the “UPDATE” folder and remove the stick from the computer.
  • Turn off the PlayStation 4 completely. If the orange light is still on, press and hold the power button for about 7 seconds until the light turns off.
  • Insert the USB stick into the PS4 and press and hold the power button again for 7 seconds until the second beep appears. Now the safe mode starts.
  • Select the option “Update system software” in the menu and then “Update from USB storage device”. The update will now be installed.
  • If you cannot follow the instructions as described, the following may help: Format the USB stick in FAT32 format and start again from the beginning. Also make sure that the file is named “PS4UPDATE.PUP”

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