Update 4.70 Has Sneaky Features and Caused Some Problems
I’ll forewarn you now, this article includes a small rant..
Sony updates the Playstation on a fairly regular basis. Which is all good and everything but this one in particular was a bit strange. On the 30th of may, the newest update was released that seemed to be just a simple patch for system stability and to add a feature to tournaments that let’s you see results for each player. Nothing too crazy there. That was all the changelog tells us though. But it turns out that wasn’t all that was included in the update.
The new patch also updated some of the icons that were spotted by eagle eyed reddit users. The changes are pretty subtle but they are there. Check it out below.
Apparently the plus icon is a tad different as well. That’s cool. I guess. Wonder why that wasn’t included in the changelog?
On top of that several users were reporting problems with their PS4s not starting up correctly and some even claiming the update almost bricked their system. Of course there wasn’t any word from Sony about these issues but, once again, other users came to the rescue and most people were able to get their systems in order by installing the update in safe mode.
I just… What a weird update. It didn’t really do anything substantial except maybe improve performance. Apparently. And thankfully I haven’t had any problems with my PS4 (crosses fingers) but the issues caused by it were were fairly widespread. It’s frustrating when something that is supposed to help your system run better causes problems. This isn’t the first time either.
I mean I guess I can’t complain too much. There have been much worse issues before that took quite some time to fix. This one resolved itself (thanks to other reddit users) fairly quickly so it certainly could have been a lot worse. But Sony tends to be kind of slow on these things. It’s not the first time they seem to have been a little slow to react.
I love Playstation and even Sony because of that but man, they really miss their shot sometimes. This isn’t the first time updates have caused problems with systems either. And a few years ago we had all kinds of issues thanks to hackers. To be fair that wasn’t exactly Sony’s fault but they took forever figuring it out. And just earlier this week there was a big fiasco with getting tickets to the E3 experience that I was, unfortunately, a big part of. Sigh.
Maybe it's because of that last bit that I'm feeling a bit cranky towards Sony. I’ll always be loyal to Playstation and through that to Sony, but man they can be aggravating at times. I’m still pretty sore about the treatment Vita is getting too but I'm not going to go there.
Anyway, rant aside, you’ll have to download the update to play online anyway and most of the major issues have been fixed as far as I know. And if you have issues installing it, putting the PS4 in safe mode seems to do the trick.
At least you’ll be able to enjoy some fancy new icons. I guess.
6/3/2017 9:31:40 PM Christopher D. Anderson