System Updates  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | System Updates  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Nintendo Switch Firmware 4.0.0 and 4.0.1 Overview Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:05:02 -0400 bazookajo94

Nintendo recently released the 4.0.0 and 4.0.1 firmware updates for the Nintendo Switch.

The 4.0.0 update, dated October 18, 2017, was pretty hefty compared to its previous updates, with such changes as capturing video through gameplay, increasing game time available to save to video (up to 30 seconds), and being able to post the saved videos to Facebook or Twitter. 

In addition to the video changes, the 4.0.0 update allows users to select new player icons from games like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Players can now also transfer data from one system to another, along with the ability to pre-purchase certain games from the Nintendo eShop. The final patch in 4.0.0 includes adding TKIP security to network search results. 

An interesting feature, the 4.0.0 update allows users to match software versions with other users, for instances when one console has a more recent version than the others. Users simply have to create a group and select "Match Version with Local Users" to get started. The system match will only work on consoles that at least have the 4.0.0 update, so anyone who's is still on 3.0.2 won't be able to join a local group and match to the most recent 4.0.1 version.

Released October 25, the 4.0.1 firmware update returned the HDMI connection process back to its 3.0.2 version to fix some sound issues arising on certain TV models.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and updates on Nintendo game releases and hardware updates.  

PS4 to Support External HDD Soon Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:09:12 -0500 Bryant Pereira

Sony is rolling out one of their biggest updates for the PS4 for beta testers tonight -- but did not say when it will be available to the public. System Update 4.50 will allow users to finally use an external hard drive to increase the storage capacity, a feature available on the Xbox One since its debut. The update also comes with more features like custom wallpapers, freedom to post on activity feeds, and 3D Blu-ray support for the PlayStation VR.

PS4 owners have always had the option of swapping their internal hard drive, but fans now have the option to just plug in a USB 3.0 HDD to increase the space on their system. The update is compatible with HDDs up to 8TB in size, and data can be moved back and forth seamlessly from the internal drive to the external.

Many PS4 games are well over 50GB in size, and in the past, owners would have to delete and redownload games as they play them. After putting it off for years, the long awaited feature to get around this is here.

Sony made sure to include some quality of life improvements with this update as well. The current clunky notification tab will be condensed into one simplified list. Notification preferences will be updated as well, giving the option to set which notifications actually pop up on screen. The menu that appears after holding the Playstation button, also known as the Quick Menu, is designed to take up less than half the game screen now. Party features like inviting friends and creating parties can be done through the Quick Menu without having to open a separate app.

System Update 4.50 also adds the ability to post screenshots, text, and more, directly into the activity feed. In addition to seeing what your friends are playing and the trophies they won, the feed will be more personalized and similar to other social media outlets.

This may be the Playstation 4’s biggest firmware update yet, adding in a number of highly requested features like external HDD support and a seamless Quick Menu. There are still a number of key things missing like changing PSN usernames and more Bluetooth support, but it's clear Sony is listening to fan requests. We don’t know when the update will officially be available to the public -- but make sure to keep checking back here for more updates.

New Features and Improvements Headed To Xbox One In April System Update Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:50:54 -0400 Corey Eastin

Hold on to your hats Xbox One users, this party is about to be dedicated. Microsoft has taken the suggestions made by its community to bring its users together. The April system update brings with it many new features that are designed to deal with many of the party issues players have been experiencing with the current system. Each unique chat will now have a dedicated server, which should reduce the amount of NAT issues users have to deal with. 

    (The new voice message feature coming in the April system update.)

Xbox is still working on a feature called "What's on". The feature will show users what is currently popular on Xbox. Your activity will dictate what appears in a section called "Staff Picks". 

The April system update also brings the one feature I know I have been dying for most. Xbox One users will finally be able to send their friends a voice message. 

All of these features are available to members of the Xbox One Preview Program. This program is currently invite-only; however, if you have friends who are enrolled in the program then they can send you an invitation. You can read more about this upcoming system update at Xbox Wire

Wii U System Update 5.0 Adds Quick Launch Feature Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:10:04 -0400 Charner Boney

As promised in previous Nintendo Direct videos, Nintendo has just pushed patch 5.0 to Wii U owners to add the new "quick launch" feature. This addition allows players to quickly skip the main menu of the console and load recently played or installed software instantly.

On top of the "quick launch", the patch also added a new notification system to the console. The Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) will be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down, and also in the "quick launch" menu

Lastly, the console will now update on its own while in standby mode. The Wii U uses the least amount of power in standby mode, so don't be afraid to leave your console plugged in for these updates. 

You can read the full patch notes below:

Version 5.0.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements:

New Features:

  • A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U
    • Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu *1
  • Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down
    • Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
    • GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu*2

Changes to Standby Functions:

  • System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby

Changes to the Wii U Menu:

  • The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
  • The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated
    • This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen

Changes to System Settings:

  • Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings
    • Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options

Changes to the HOME Menu

  • A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu

Improvements to system stability and usability:

  • Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience

(*1) The Quick Start Menu is only displayed when the Wii U GamePad POWER or HOME Buttons are pressed. Other controllers, such as the Wii Remote Plus and Wii U Pro Controller, will continue to power on the Wii U

(*2) Wii U GamePad Alerts are different from the notifications received via the Wii U Notifications feature. Wii U GamePad Alerts settings can be changed via Power Settings located in System Settings.


Xbox One Beta Starts Today Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:17:08 -0500 Coatedpolecat

Microsoft started its Xbox One beta program today. With good reason, too, as we've already seen some hiccups in the latest update. This program should allow them to gain useful feedback prior to officially launching a system-wide update.

Starting today (February 20, 2014) Xbox will start sending out invitations to individuals regarding entry into a closed beta next week. The purpose of the beta is to test the new system updates on a few, to see if anything might negatively affect the many. According to Polygon, their contact at Microsoft stated:

"Features that will not be enabled during the preview include party chat, party invites, party matchmaking and party visibility... Once the March system update becomes available to all consoles worldwide, new party features will function normally for all Xbox One users. If this is an issue, you should consider not signing up for this beta."

The last update didn't go so well

Just last week Xbox One launched an update to help give USB keyboard functionality, controller battery life indicator, and better voice commands from the Kinect. Unfortunately, since this was not tested in a beta of its own, there's been a "black screen bug" that has affected some Xbox One owners.

The solution, provided by Xbox Support via Twitter, states to "hold the power button down for 10 seconds" and turn your console back on.

Hopefully with the new update beta tests, issues like the black screen bug won't occur as commonly. It would seem as we rely more on servers and consistent system updates, precautions like beta updates seem rational, if not necessary.

How do you feel about testing these kinds of updates? Would you take part in the Xbox One beta?