New PlayStation 4 Shingen update brings HDR support, new UI, folder options, and more

By Yen Palec / 2016.09.13
Detail of the Sony PlayStation 4 and peripherals, including the virtual reality 'Project Morpheus', during the Annual Gaming Industry Conference E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Tech giant Sony recently rolled out the biggest update for the company's flagship gaming console, the PlayStation 4. The new update, version 4.00, brings in significant upgrades like the HDR support, tweaks in menu screens, the console's interface, and the ability to create folders.

PlayStation 4 update 4.00 is codenamed Shingen. The update will pave the way for the two upcoming versions of the PlayStation 4 console: the PlayStation 4 Slim, and the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Perhaps the most important feature brought by the latest update is the introduction of High Dynamic Range or HDR. Although the the PlayStation 4 Pro is expected to run games in 4K resolution, such feature is not supported by current PlayStation 4 models, according to The Verge. The Shingen update will make this feature possible, provided that users have a 4K TV set as well.

The update will also allow 1080p video streaming on YouTube, Twitch, as well as remote play. The new update will also activate the PlayStation 4's wired LAN connection, a feature that will allow gamers to easily transfer data from their PlayStation 4 console to the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro or PlayStation 4 Slim consoles. According to Tech Hive, Sony said that users can still take their data directly from the cloud, but the LAN transfer option will be significantly faster.

The most noticeable upgrade is made on the PlayStation 4's user interface. The Shingen update allows users to create folders, giving them the ability to properly organize their games, videos, and other data stored on the console.

 Changes on the quick menu and share screens were also made. Both these two options were shrunk so that they will no longer cover a significant portion of the game screen. Changes were also made on game content info screens, DLC screen, trophies, trending images and videos. The new update also allows users to play songs from Spotify without the need to launch the application.

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