How to Update Your PlayStation System

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Keeping your PlayStation system updated is crucial for various reasons, including security, new features, and enhanced performance. This guide will walk you through the different ways you can update your PlayStation, whether it’s a PS4 or PS5. We’ll cover step-by-step instructions for automatic and manual updates, as well as updates via a USB drive. Furthermore, we’ll provide valuable links for additional resources and troubleshooting tips to ensure your gaming experience remains uninterrupted.

Automatic Updates

Enabling Automatic Updates on PS4

To ensure your PS4 always runs the latest firmware, follow these steps to enable automatic updates:

  • Go to the Settings menu.
  • Select ‘System Software Update’.
  • Check the ‘Install Automatically’ option.

Enabling Automatic Updates on PS5

For PS5 users, the process is just as simple:

  • Navigate to Settings.
  • Access ‘System’ and then ‘System Software’.
  • Under ‘System Software Update and Settings’, turn on ‘Download and Install Update Files Automatically’.

Manual Updates

If you prefer to have control over when your PlayStation system updates, manual update is the way to go. Here’s how:

Updating PS4 Manually

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select ‘System Software Update’.
  3. Choose ‘Update Now’. If an update is available, follow the on-screen prompts.

Updating PS5 Manually

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Select ‘System’ and then ‘System Software’.
  3. Choose ‘System Software Update and Settings’, followed by ‘Update System Software’.
  4. Click on ‘Update Using Internet’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Updating via USB Drive

For those without an internet connection or facing issues with direct updates, using a USB drive is a viable option. Here’s how you can update your PlayStation system using a USB drive:

For PS4

  1. Download the update file from the official PlayStation website to your computer.
  2. Format a USB drive to FAT32 and create a folder named PS4 on it.
  3. Inside the PS4 folder, create another folder named UPDATE.
  4. Copy the downloaded file to the UPDATE folder and rename it to PS4UPDATE.PUP.
  5. Connect the USB drive to your PS4, navigate to Settings → System Software Update, and follow the instructions.

For PS5

  1. Similar to the PS4, download the PS5 update file from PlayStation’s official website.
  2. Prepare a USB drive formatted in FAT32, create a PS5 folder, and within it, an UPDATE folder.
  3. Move the downloaded file into the UPDATE folder and rename it PS5UPDATE.PUP.
  4. With the USB drive connected to your PS5, head to Settings → System → System Software → System Software Update and Settings → Update System Software → Update from USB Storage Device.

Additional Resources and Troubleshooting

Even with careful updating, you might encounter issues. Here are some resources that can help:


Keeping your PlayStation system updated is key to a seamless gaming experience, thanks to enhanced features, improved security, and performance optimization. Whether you prefer automatic updates for hassle-free maintenance, manual updates for more control, or using a USB drive due to internet constraints, there’s a method to suit every need.

For most users, enabling automatic updates is the most convenient solution as it ensures your system is always up to date without any intervention. Gamers with limited internet access or those who prefer to review update details before installing may find manual updates or USB updates more suitable.


How can I check my PlayStation’s current system software version?
Go to Settings, then System Software Update (PS4) or System > System Software (PS5) to view your current version.
What should I do if my PlayStation fails to update?
Restart your console, check your internet connection, and ensure there’s enough storage space. If problems persist, visit the PlayStation Support website for more help.
Can I use any USB drive to update my PlayStation?
The USB drive must be formatted in FAT32 with at least 400MB of free space for the update file.
How often does PlayStation release system updates?
This varies, but PlayStation typically releases major updates a few times a year, with smaller patches in between as needed.
Is it possible to downgrade my PlayStation’s system software?
No, once you’ve updated your PlayStation’s system software, you can’t downgrade to a previous version.

We hope you found this guide helpful. If you have any corrections, additional questions, or experiences to share, please don’t hesitate to comment below. Keeping your system updated ensures you’re getting the most out of your PlayStation, so happy gaming!