PlayStation 4 News: Software Version 1.51 is Live

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Nov 20, 2013 06:26 PM EST
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With its brand new system now available in North America, Sony is keeping on top of things, making sure the PlayStation 4 is running smoothly. Today, the first post-launch update for the console is now available. The update doesn't add anything major, but best grab it just in to make sure you're up to date.

According to the PlayStation Blog, while the update is a minor one, it does make some changes, mostly improving system stability, making sure you're aware when game downloads and patch downloads are taking place at the same time, via the user interface.

As the blog notes: "In the North American region, automatic downloads for system and game updates are enabled by default when PS4 is in stand-by mode. Once system software update 1.51 is available later tonight, your PS4 will automatically download it, enabling you to update quickly and easily."

The PlayStation 4 released last month with some questionable reviews, but the launch overall was viewed as a critical success, with Sony managing to sell through one million consoles.

With the console still to arrive in U.K. and Europe next week, coupled with upcoming huge shopping holidays Black Friday and Christmas, numbers can only climb higher, falling well in line with a number of analysts' sales predictions.

Under the hood, the PlayStation 4 boasts Supercharged PC architecture, X86 CPU, Enhanced PC GPU, and 8GB Unified Memory according to theofficial specs.

It supports the same PlayStation Plus service as the Vita and PlayStation 3. However, a Plus subscription is required for online multiplayer games, but not for additional media services like Netflix. Sony has also updated the Dual Shock controllers with a touch screen and improved shoulder triggers, and bundles the console with a headset.

Available titles for the system include Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag,Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: GhostsKillzone: Shadow Fall, Madden NFL 25,NBA 2K14, Need for Speed: Rivals, and more. You can check out a complete list of launch titles' prices and install sizes here. It currently retails for $399. For those of you still without the console, and plans to buy it later, make sure you also grab the companion app, and the system update, both of which are ready to download, before you do.

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