Is there more to come?
PlayStation 4’s anticipated 6.0 system software update went live earlier today. After weeks of speculation as to what the update may include, many fans were disappointed to learn the update brings with it only one stated change: improved system performance.
Sony held a private beta for the 6.0 update last month, with sign ups going as far back as mid-July. Then, in late August, Sony unexpectedly began rolling out a new PlayStation Store search bar, which many thought would be fully released as part of the 6.0 update. This level of testing and preparation led some PlayStation 4 owners to believe big changes were in store for when the update eventually went live.
Now that the update is here, and it apparently lacks any new features, many fans have voiced their disappointment and suspicion on the PS4 subreddit. The 6.0 update thread’s top comment, posted by user rygarswf, seems to summarize the community’s sentiment at large: “Either there is some huge hidden feature announcement coming, or this is the biggest troll of an update ever.”
Other optimistic members of the subreddit believe Sony is, in fact, holding back additional 6.0 updates for the time being. “It seems very odd that they would make a stability patch an incremental update and have a beta test for it and everything,” wrote user survyguy79. “Something tells me there is more to this update than we know yet and Sony has to switch it on over on there side.”
While that could easily be dismissed as a hopeful fan theory, the possibility of additional changes may not be so farfetched. Earlier this week, Luke Mears, a member of Sony’s online safety team, responded to a question on Twitter about what to expect from 6.0 by simply saying, “You’ll see.” With the update now out, another user questioned that response, which prompted Mears to post a gif implying he’s not at liberty to share any further information.
Mears’ response is far from confirmation of additional features, but it was seemingly enough for hopeful fans to begin theorizing. Naturally, among the most popular theories is perhaps PlayStation Network’s most requested feature of all time: “Now, I don’t want to say name change, but this suspiciously seems like name change,” wrote Reddit user HexaBlast.
Sony last commented on PSN name changes during PSX 2017. At the time, Sony’s Shawn Layden told Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, “Let me put it this way: I hope we’ll see events occur so that you don’t have to ask me that question next PSX.”
For now, we’ll have to wait and see. Stay tuned to IGN for the latest.
Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @jdsirani.