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Sony Seeks Beta Testers For PlayStation 4's Next System Update

Sony is looking for beta testers for the PlayStation 4's nex firmware update.

If you're interested in seeing what's in store for the PlayStation 4 in the next big firmware update, there's a way to get a sneak peek at these new features and improvements several months ahead of its release date. Sony has just announced that they are currently accepting applications for beta testers for the PlayStation 4 v5.5 firmware system update. Sony periodically updates the firmware of their consoles to fix bugs, introduce new features, and to improve existing apps and system functions.

On an official blog, an open call for beta testers was announced. Sony has previously opened up early versions of their system updates to beta testers, but one key difference this year is that testing is now open to Canadian gamers, where previously, beta testing was exclusive to people residing in the United States. Sony is also extending beta testing to console owners in Japan, but applications for this region are not open until the end of the month.

via: Polygon.com

If you're interested in becoming a beta tester for the PlayStation 4's new system update, there are just a few basic things you need. The first requirement is obviously that you have to already own a PlayStation 4. You also need to have a stable internet connection, as well as a Sony Entertainment Network or PlayStation Network account. It's also mandatory that all beta testers are at least eighteen years of age or older.

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There are some clear benefits and perks to becoming a beta tester. The biggest advantage is clearly that you get to have an early look at all of the interesting and new features that will come with the PlayStation 4 v5.5 firmware update. Last year, beta testers for the v5.0 update got an early look at features, such as improvements for Twitch streaming on PS Pro platforms, and updates to Family account management settings. In addition to seeing what Sony has in store for the next major update, beta testers also receive an exclusive PSN avatar.

via: Polygon.com

If you decide to become a beta tester for Sony, and you end up not liking certain aspects of the new firmware update, worry not: beta testers have the ability to "roll back" their firmware to previous versions as they see fit. Another perk is that successful beta testers can choose to be automatically registered for the next round of console testing.

At this point in time, nobody knows for sure which features are going to be included in the newest firmware update, or which of your favorite PlayStation apps and games will be improved. However, if you're curious about beta testing and you meet all of the requirements set out by Sony, it might be worth your while to give it a shot. Applications for testers in the North American market are open now.

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