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PS4 9.03 update out now, here’s what it does

Sony released the new PlayStation 4 9.03 update, bringing in minor improvements and a reminder that the company is still far from finished with the final-generation console.


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Wednesday morning is a pretty busy time for PlayStation updates. Sony starts with boosting performance Firmware update for PS5. The company then followed up with a similar update for Playstation 4.


NS Playstation 4Firmware update 9.03 went live on December 1st. The 490MB patch doesn’t do much of that, although it’s a required download. The update will automatically install as long as one’s PS4 has an internet connection.

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The patch notes are nothing short of spectacular, simply stating, “This system software update improves system performance.” The PS5 patch is similarly vague, although the new system requires a much heavier 941MB download. Given the lack of specificity, it’s likely that both updates are just general performance improvements and not fixes for any significant issues with either system. However, it’s also possible that Sony is trying to cleverly deal with a known bug before too many players hear about it.

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It’s unclear how important the performance update is, but unlike PS4’s 9.00 update, there don’t seem to be many issues reported with the new patch. Either way, it’s good to see that Sony is rolling out regular updates to its two older supported consoles. The PS4’s last major firmware update, version 9.00, was released on September 15. That patch brings in even more notable improvements. These include allowing users to view PS5 titles on PS4, removing Message groups they’ve started, and various modifications to parental controls, among other things. The full patch notes for both the 9.00 and 9.03 updates are available on the PlayStation website.


If nothing else, PlayStation 4 owners are sure to be happy to see their device receive interest from Sony. In 2020, the electronics giant announced that it intends to continue PS4 support for three to four years after PlayStation 5 release. This means that PS4 players will continue to see both new updates and game releases until at least 2023. That gives the PlayStation 4 a lifespan of about 10 or 11 years, depending on when. Sony decided to unplug. This is in line with the typical lifespan of a PlayStation console.

Sony and Microsoft have been relatively willing to continue supporting their last-generation consoles. Microsoft has yet to set a definite end date for Xbox One, with a significant number of them Games coming to all three Xbox consoles. COVID-related supply issues may have informed both companies of their willingness to keep older machines. However, it is good news for Playstation 4 and Xbox One owners aren’t ready for an expensive upgrade.


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The source: PlayStation



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