Regular PS4 scheduled maintenances are so, well, regular that you can almost predict when the next one will hit your console. Each week, the PS4 servers go down for a brief period of time for numerous unknown updates and improvements, and that isn't something new.
However, as it seems, a major upgrade to the PlayStation 4's software is inbound, and this time around, Sony wants all you folks out there in the community to help out with the testing of the upcoming upgrade.
Via a recent PlayStation Blog update, Sony has invited PlayStation 4 users to sign up to beta test the upcoming 3.00 firmware update this September. Once signed up, players will then be able to access some of the new features in advance, and even revert to version 2.57 if the beta seems unstable. Interested users can sign up for the beta here.
"You will need a PS4 system (of course), an Internet connection, and a master account — sub-accounts cannot participate in the program. Make sure you're a member of the PlayStation Forums in advance to get access to our beta forums. Also, beta testers will be able to roll back to the previous PS4 system software update (v2.57) anytime," the official blog states.
According to a recent Pocket News report, it seems like the beta testers in Japan have already seen some of the updated features of the upcoming upgrade for the console. It seems like there will now be easier ways to join your friends' games and the ability to stream your gameplay to YouTube. Apart from that, the company is also said to be adding Stickers to the Messages application.
Stay tuned for more updates.