PlayStation 4 Update: New PS4 Beta Starts Early March

A new PlayStation 4 beta update is arriving next month. Registration is now open for PS4 gamers interested in participating during the test period.

Gamespresso reported Sony's announcement about the upcoming PS4 beta for update 3.5. A beta test was also conducted for the previous system update for the Sony PS4 console.

For the forthcoming PS4 update, the official PlayStation blog for Europe noted that the sign-up process for interested beta testers had already commenced, and those who join will be able to get the first look at the features arriving for Sony's latest game console. The blog post also shared the link to register.

PlayStation 4 Update: New PS4 Beta Starts Early March
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Specifically, the new PlayStation 4 beta update is scheduled for release in early March. Participants will get an email containing the instructions on how to download the newest system update, allowing them to access the beta trial information and the voucher code. Moreover, Sony noted in the blog post update that it is possible for PS4 users to "roll back to the previous system software at any time," which means beta testers need not be concerned about downloading the beta update if they still prefer the previous version of the PS4 Software at the end of the beta test.

Sony's requirements to be one of the beta testers for the system update include, of course, having a working PlayStation 4 console and a reliable internet connection, as well as a master account.

For a more fruitful PS4 beta testing experience, the Sony PlayStation blog post added the following details.

"Be sure to join the PlayStation Forums to get access to our beta forums, so you can discuss the new features. We'll be monitoring the forums throughout the beta. While we can't always implement changes suggested by the community, it's really valuable for us to hear your feedback to help guide the direction we take. We're always listening!"
Below is Sony PlayStation's Twitter post about the upcoming PS4 beta update.
As for other news about the PlayStation 4, this weekend, gamers will be treated to free multiplayer access to any PS4 game that offers a multiplayer mode. Arriving in time for Street Fighter 5, PS4 owners without a PlayStation Plus subscription will be able to experience all the excitement they are missing. Free online multiplayer access begins Friday, February 19th, at 12:01 AM Pacific and ends on Sunday, February 21st, at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Street Fighter 5, the newest iteration of the fighting game franchise released exclusively for PS4, hit the shelves this Tuesday, February 16. The game is powered by the Unreal Engine 4, and it features impressive visuals showing "the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail," according to the official game overview on the PlayStation website.

A previous Inquisitr report cited producer Yoshinori Ono's interview with Hadoken, in which he explained that the development of Street Fighter 5 was anchored to the word "reset."

"We tried to recreate everything from the ground up, even going so far as to reset characters returning from past installments, fine-tuning them to further bring out their originality, with the aim of having returning players say, 'Wow, this is new! Guess I'll be starting over from scratch with SFV!'" the producer shared.

Check out the "Street Fighter 5" launch trailer below, posted on the game's official Youtube channel.

Going back to the free multiplayer access, the Sony offering for PlayStation 4 owners is also perfect for Call of Duty fans. The post noted that the highly-anticipated Awakening DLC pack was recently released for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, a military sci-fi and first-person shooter video game published by Activision.

Among the other available games PlayStation 4 owners can enjoy during this multiplayer weekend are several huge video game hits, including NBA 2k16, Grand Theft Auto Online, and Destiny. PS4 owners are certainly in for a treat as Sony offers them another free weekend of great gaming to highlight the benefits of a PlayStation Plus subscription.

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