Sony is asking players to test out the upcoming PS4 system software update. The company will be holding a beta-testing period over the next few weeks to workout any bugs that might still be lingering around in the code. In a blog-post this morning John Koller, Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing at SCEA, wrote:
“We’ve been hard at work on the next PS4 system software update, and could use your help testing it ahead of the official launch. Starting today, you can sign up for a chance to be a beta tester and get an advance look at some of the improvements and new features coming to PS4.
Click here to sign up. You can register to be a beta tester anytime between today and the start of the beta in early August.”
There are a few stipulations, one being that all beta-testers must be at least 18 years or older, and you will need to download the beta with a Master Account. Sony also stated that once the beta starts, it won’t be adding any new testers for this particular software update.
This isn’t the first time that Sony has tested out a new software version prior to its official release, the company also held a beta for the PS4’s 3.00 and 3.50 system software updates. If anything should go wrong while testing the beta, you can also roll back the update to the last stable build.
Koller added, “Participants got to see all kinds of upcoming features before they were officially rolled out, like Events, Communities, and more.” Once you join the beta Sony says that you will receive instructions on how to download the beta version of the new software. Obviously you will need an internet connected PS4 to test the beta and download the update.
You can also sign up to the PlayStation Forums, that way you can help callout any bugs or hiccups that you find along the way. Sony stated, “We’ll monitor forums throughout the beta, and it’s always valuable to hear your feedback. We’re listening to all the comments we get to help guide the direction we take.”
As for a release date, Sony is still being vague on when it plans to release the final version. The company stated, “We’ll be back in early August with an update on the features you can expect in the beta.” If you are looking to become a tester, you can fill out the form here on Sony’s official site.