PS4 System Software Update 9.50 Patch Notes Today (PS5 22.01-05)

Today’s PlayStation update for the PS4 The system software is live and launched alongside a similar patch for the PlayStation 5.

Firmware version 9.50 for PS4 is now rolling out and while there may be some teething issues with the new version, there are also a number of new features to check out. Many of these are available on both consoles, with the new PS4 system software update 22.01-05 also launching on March 23.

And with other changes promised in the future, players can now experience new open and closed game features, as well as improvements to the PS app and PS Remote Play.

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PS4 System Software Update 9.50

Launched without much fanfare, the new PS4 system software update 9.50 is gradually rolling out worldwide on March 23rd. New features listed in the official patch notes include the ability to create or join open and closed games on PS5 and PS4 consoles. On PS5, Sony also launched UI improvements for Game Base and Trophy cards, as well as accessibility features like mono audio for headphones.

The other big news has to do with changes to the PS app, including improvements to PS Remote Play. Soon, PS app users will also be able to create or join open and closed groups through the app. Sony has also updated the PS App Game Base user interface to make it easier to access Friends, Games and Messaging features, providing a consistent gaming experience with PS5. And in the future, variable refresh rate support for PS5 will go live, but with no release date set in 2022.

Sony explained more in a new statement today, adding, “On HDMI 2.1-capable TVs and PC monitors, VRR dynamically synchronizes the display refresh rate with the graphics output of the PS5 console. This improves the visual performance of PS5 games by minimizing or eliminating visual artifacts, such as frame rate issues and screen tearing. Gameplay in many PS5 titles is smoother as scenes are rendered instantly, graphics are crisper, and input lag is reduced. Previously released PS5 games may be fully optimized for VRR through a game patch and future games may include VRR support at launch.

Below are more details regarding these party chat changes and PS5 upgrades:

PS4 software update

  • In Party, we’ve updated the following:
  • Now when you start a party, you can select either an open party or a closed party.
  • An open party allows your friends to join without an invitation. Friends of group members can also join. A closed party is only for players you invite.
  • You can now individually adjust the voice chat volume for each player in a party.
  • We added Ukrainian language support.

PS5 22.01-05

In (Game Base), we have updated the following:

  • Voice chats are now called parties.
  • For easier access, we’ve split Game Base into three tabs: [Friends], [Parties] and [Messages].
  • From the Game Base menu and control cards, you can now perform the following actions:
    See all your friends under the [Friends] tab in the control menu.
    Start Share Play directly from the voice chat card. You no longer need to start Share Screen to use Share Play.
    Add a player to a group or create a new group directly from the message map. You can also send video clips, images, quick messages, and view group shared media from this card.
  • Now when a member of a group shares their screen, you will see the live icon. You can check this in the [Parties] tongue.
  • The player search function and friend requests are now under the [Friends] tongue.
  • We’ve made it easier to decline friend requests by adding a [Decline] button to your friend request list.

In (Accessibility), we’ve updated the following:

  • We’ve updated the following for the screen reader:
    The screen reader is now supported in six additional languages: Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, and Korean.
    The screen reader can now read notifications aloud.
  • You can now enable mono audio for headphones so that the same sound plays through both left and right headphones.
    When your headset is connected, go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] then turn on [Mono Audio for Headphones]. Otherwise, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Display and Sound] then turn on [Mono Audio for Headphones].
  • You can now display a check mark on enabled settings so you can easily see that they are enabled.
    Go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Display and Sound] then turn on [Show Tick on Enabled Settings].

In (Trophies), we have updated the following:

  • The visual design of trophy cards and the list of trophies have been updated.
  • You can now see suggested trophies to earn on the trophy tracker when playing a game.

For the features available in the Create menu, we’ve updated the following:

  • You can now start Share Screen and broadcast your game in an open party.

We added a new feature: voice control (preview).

  • Voice Command (Preview) includes voice commands to find and open games, apps, and settings, as well as control media playback.
  • To get started, go to [Settings] > [Voice Command] and turn on [Enable Voice Command (Preview)]. Then call “Hey, PlayStation!” and tell your PS5 to do something.
  • You can use this feature to help you find and open games, apps, and settings, control your media without even touching a button, and more.
  • Currently, Voice Command (Preview) is only available in English for players with PSN accounts in the US and UK.

We added Ukrainian language support.

Other updated features

  • We have made the following enhancement to the Game Library:
  • Under the [Your Collection] you can now filter your games by genre to find the games you want to play faster.
  • We’ve pinned PlayStation Plus to the left edge of the games home screen.
  • Now you can redeem monthly games faster.
  • Access PS Plus game collections more easily from your home screen.
  • We’ve added a button guide to show you how to reload and zoom while using the internet browser.
  • If you want to report something a member of a group said, visual indicators now let you identify who was speaking. This will help PlayStation Safety take appropriate action based on your report.
  • We’ve made the console safer for child accounts:
  • When viewing a purchased or installed game that is prohibited from being played, the game background image is hidden.
  • Activity cards, such as those displayed in Control Center or Game Hub, will not be displayed for age-restricted games.
  • Now you can keep any games or apps you choose on your home screen.
  • When you’re focused on a game or app, tap the options button to open the options menu and select [Keep in Home]. The games and apps you choose to keep will stay on your home screen.
  • You can keep a maximum of 5 games and apps on each home screen.
  • You can now have three more games and apps appearing on your home screen.
  • We’ve changed the look of the User Guide to make it easier to read. If you prefer the old look, you can restore it.
  • We now support more emojis.
  • We changed the keyboard layout for Polish.
  • We’ve updated the DualSense wireless controller software to improve stability.

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