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How to update system software on PS4

The last system software update for Sony PS4 was released on December 14, 2017 — version 5.03, which builds upon the significant version 5.0 update and improves system performance.

Keeping your PS4 updated with the latest system software update is vital as then you can enjoy additional features, improved usability and enhanced security.

Things to keep in mind before starting the update

  • Do not install system software soon before or soon after a power outage.
  • Do not turn off your system during the installation. Interrupting the installation can cause your system to be damaged.
  • You might not be able to use some applications or content without first updating the system software.
  • Do not download or install the update using data other than the official update file provided online by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

If you download or install update data from a different source, by a different method, or on a system that has been altered or modified in any way, the system might not operate properly and might not be able to install the official update data. Any of these actions can void the system warranty and affect your ability to obtain warranty services and repair services from Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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How to update system software on PS4

You can update system software on PS4 using these four methods:

Update using the internet

Your PS4 can be updated using the system’s network update feature.

From the function screen, select Settings > System Software Update. Your system automatically checks over the Internet whether you have the latest version of the system software.

If there is an update file for a later version, it is downloaded to the system. When downloading is complete, a notification message is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen.

On the function screen, select Notifications > Downloads, and then follow the screens to perform the installation.

Update using a disc

You’ll need to download and copy the update file onto a disc. When you play the disc that contains a newer version of the system software, a screen is displayed to guide you through the update process. Follow the onscreen instructions to perform the update.

Update using a computer

This update method can be used if your PS4 system is not connected to the Internet. Download the update file to your computer, and then save it on a USB storage device. Copy the saved file to the system storage of your PS4 system to update the system.

Note: There must be approximately 320MB of free space.

  • Using a computer, create a folder named PS4. Inside that folder, create another folder called Update.
  • Download the update file, and save it in the Update folder you created in step 1.
  • Save the file with the file name PS4UPDATE.PUP
  • Now move the whole PS4 folder to the root of your USB storage device.
  • Connect the USB storage device on to your PS4 system, and then from the function screen, select Settings > System Software Update.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

If your PS4 system does not recognise the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.

Perform a new installation of the system software

This procedure is for initialising your PS4 system and performing a fresh installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disc drive.

Be careful when using an update file for reinstallation. All users and all data will be deleted.

Note: There must be approximately 900 MB of free space.

  • On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.
  • Using a computer, create a folder named PS4. Inside that folder, create another folder called UPDATE.
  • Download the update file, and save it in the UPDATE folder you created in step 1.
  • Save the file with the file name PS4UPDATE.PUP.
  • Turn off the power of your PS4 system completely.
  • Check that the power indicator is not lit. If the power indicator is lit up in orange, touch the power button on the PS4 system for at least seven seconds (until the system beeps a second time).
  • Connect the USB storage device that the update file is saved on to your PS4 system, and then touch the power button for at least seven seconds. The PS4 system starts in safe mode.
  • Select Initialize PS4 >> Reinstall System Software.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

If your PS4 system does not recognise the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.


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