If you’re on the list, you may be able to help Sony test new PlayStation 4 firmware soon. Invites are going out for the beta of system software 6.00. If you signed up to be a tester, check your email to see if you’ve been selected for this beta round.
Those who are selected to participate will get a notification when the beta begins, and then need to visit the Settings menu to download it. Sony urges testers to play a wide variety of games to test the new software, and to provide feedback to the development team. Crashes and bugs can be flagged with their respective reports, and general feedback is invited on the beta forum.
Whatever new features may be coming in this update will remain a mystery until Sony is ready to roll it out to the public, as beta testers are sworn to secrecy. The whole numbered updates tend to add significant features, though. The 5.00 system update, for example, added new family settings and child safety features, friends list and follower tweaks, messages and setting customization, and other various quality-of-life improvements.
Meanwhile, PlayStation recently announced its PS Plus offerings for August. Those include Mafia III and Dead by Daylight on PS4, Bound by Flame and Serious Sam 3: BFE on PS4, and Draw Slasher and Space Hulk on Vita.