PS4 Update 9.03 Rolls Out for System Performance
The morning of Wednesday was a particularly busy time for PlayStation upgrades. Sony began with a PS5 firmware update that improved performance. After afterward, the business released a similar upgrade for the PlayStation 4. The firmware update 9.03 for the PlayStation 4 was released on December 1st. Though it is a required download, the 490MB patch doesn’t do much. As long as one’s PS4 has an internet connection, the update should install automatically.
The patch notes are straightforward, stating simply, “This system software update improves system performance.” The PS5 patch was similarly cryptic, despite the fact that the new system necessitates a much larger 941MB download. Given the lack of detail, both updates are more than likely just normal speed enhancements rather than solutions for any major concerns with either system. However, it’s plausible that Sony was attempting to get ahead of a known flaw before too many gamers were aware of it.
It’s unclear how significant the performance improvement is, but unlike the PS4’s 9.00 update, the new patch doesn’t appear to have many bugs. In any case, it’s encouraging to see Sony continuing to maintain the elder of its two supported systems with regular updates. On September 15, the PS4’s most recent significant firmware upgrade, version 9.00, was published. With that patch, there were a lot more visible improvements. These include, among other things, the ability to view PS5 trophies on PS4, the deletion of Messages groups created by users, and numerous changes to parental restrictions. The PlayStation website has the entire patch notes for both the 9.00 and 9.03 patches.
Owners of the PlayStation 4 will definitely be pleased to see Sony paying attention to their gadget. The electronics behemoth announced in 2020 that it would continue to support the PS4 for three to four years following the release of the PlayStation 5. This means that new upgrades and game releases for PS4 users should continue at least until 2023. That gives the PlayStation 4 a ten- to eleven-year life expectancy, depending on when Sony decides to retire it. This corresponds to the average lifespan of a PlayStation console.
Sony and Microsoft have shown a willingness to support its last-generation systems. With a large number of forthcoming games coming to all three Xbox systems, Microsoft has yet to establish a definitive end date for the Xbox One. COVID-related supply concerns may have influenced both firms’ inclination to preserve the older machines. It’s still good news for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users who aren’t ready to make the costly move yet.