PlayStation 4! It comes out tomorrow—or midnight tonight if you’re one of the people who decided to waste your Thursday night by waiting in line in the cold. Either way, you’re going to need that day one firmware update, and it’s available from Sony right this second.
Firmware update 1.5 is right here, and you can download it to your computer and put it on a USB stick for quick installation when you plug your PlayStation 4 in. That’s convenient! Apparently the whole update takes up only about 400 megabytes of space, so most USB sticks should be able to handle the job. But doing it this way means you’ll be booting your PS4 into safe mode and doing things a bit more manually than usual.
The other main option is to simply connect your console to the Internet and hoping that Sony’s servers aren’t too slammed to get the job done. Sony Worldwide president Shuhei Yoshida took to Twitter earlier today to let you know that, indeed, that’s a good way to get it done:
New PS4 users, no need to download FW1.50 now, when you connect your PS4 to Internet, the download starts automatically in the background :)
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 14, 2013
When I got my Wii U, the day one software update took forever. And a few of my friends had consoles that restarted along the way, making it even longer. Needless to say, it wasn’t an ideal roll out. One would think, however, that Sony would have a bit more of a robust set of servers to work with. By that same token, there will probably be a fair fewer more users trying to access those servers than there were for Nintendo last year.
We’ll see! I might do the USB thing just to be safe…then again, maybe I won’t. Yoshida says that it’ll all happen automatically in the background, so maybe it’ll all go fine. So nervous. Hope I don’t get a broken one.