PlayStation 4 system update 2.50 arrives tomorrow, March 26, and it’ll let you jump right back into a game from rest mode.
The major update — dubbed “Yukimara” — enables the suspend and resume feature that Sony first promised two years ago. The missing feature, already present on the PS4’s big rival, Xbox One, hasn’t exactly hurt hardware sales — PS4 is Sony’s fastest-selling console with over 20.2 million units sold — but gamers will certainly welcome its arrival.
The suspend and resume feature lets players leave a game mid-session, place their console in the low-power rest mode, then jump straight back in when they power back on. It’s a big step toward making console gaming more immediate and accessible, but there’s a small caveat attached: The PlayStation Blog notes that the ability to suspend and resume isn’t fully supported by “some software titles.”
System update 2.50 also brings the ability to back-up your console’s data on an external USB drive, including games, save data, video clips, and screenshots.
Yukimara also improves the PS4’s social connectivity, making it easier to form chat parties and find friends online.
The update will please trophy-hunters with its automatic screenshot feature that triggers whenever you earn a trophy in a game. The ability to delete games from your list that you haven’t earned any trophies for will also help tidy things up.