Sony is looking to find and accept a collection of beta testers for the new PlayStation 4 system update. In accordance with a post on PlayStation.blog the beta is set to begin sometime in early August (2016) and players have up until then to register to help PlayStation test the update. Once the beta is underway, PS4 players will no longer be able to register. In order to successfully register to play a part in the beta, you have to be aged 18 or older.
Once registered for the program, players who are to partake will receive instructions dictating how to access and download the beta version of the system software update. PlayStation.blog also notes that beta testers can switch back to software version 3.55 whenever they please.
The beta test period will allow registered PlayStation 4 owners and players to have a gander and test out some of the new features and fixes. When the results of the beta are in and worked on (if necessary) the software update will become available for all PlayStation owners to download. PlayStation have used beta’s to test software updates before, more specifically in updates 3.00 and 3.50.
“As you may recall, we ran betas for the PS4’s 3.00 and 3.50 system software updates. Participants got to see all kinds of upcoming features before they were officially rolled out, like Events, Communities, and more.” – PlayStation.Blog
All features available in the beta for the next software update are yet to be confirmed, according to the PlayStation.blog these will be confirmed in early August just before the beta gets underway.