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Sony’s latest beta update makes PS4 software feel more like a real operating system

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Sony’s latest software update to the PlayStation 4 is now coming to beta users. Unlike the last major update, which added support for remote streaming to Macs and PCs, the 4.00 firmware beta (codenamed Shingen) is mostly focused on tweaking the PS4’s user interface. One of the biggest changes is the ability to create folders to organize your games and apps, instead of relying purely on Sony’s existing organizational tools. Another is that instead of taking over the whole screen, the Share and Quick menus will open as windows that don’t entirely cover your current game or app, and you’ll be able to add and remove items from the Quick menu to customize it.

Sony says the update also adds some new system backgrounds and redesigned icons, along with other tweaks to what you’ll see in various menus. There’s also an offline mode that will let you see your game trophies even when you’re not connected to the internet. The final update will have features that aren’t in the beta, and we don’t know when it will come to all PlayStation 4 users, although Sony says it will release more information in the coming weeks. So far, though, the new changes seem meant to make the console’s interface more customizable and less obtrusive — like we’d expect from a phone or computer operating system.

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