A double whammy of firmware update goodness for you today, as both the Wii U and the PlayStation 4 receive fixes and changes over the internet from their Japanese masters. Admittedly, the Wii U’s update is much more substantial than that of the PlayStation 4.
Since firmware update 1.70 was released for the PS4 a few weeks ago, a seemingly universal bug has affected the background cloud save upload systems. There seemed to be some sort of authentication issue between the console and the servers, preventing the console from pushing save data to the cloud automatically when the console was turned off, though you could still manually upload.
Possibly linked to last night’s network maintenance, firmware update 1.71 has released today, citing stability fixes and vanquishing this bug in particular.
Over on the Wii U, however, the changes are much more substantial. The system version is now at 5.0.0, as Nintendo deliver on the previously revealed Quick Boot menu, as well as adding greater background functionality so that the console can automatically install future system updates and push notifications to the Gamepad, even in standby.
The full changelist is as follows:
- A Quick Start Menu is now displayed when users press the GamePad POWER Button or HOME Button to power on the Wii U
- Users can start recently played or newly installed software directly from the Quick Start Menu *1
- Wii U GamePad Alerts (special notifications from Nintendo) can be displayed on the GamePad when the Wii U is powered down
- Users will be notified with an audio ringtone when a new GamePad Alert is displayed
- GamePad Alerts that have been received can also be viewed through the Quick Start Menu*2
Changes to Standby Functions:
- System updates will now automatically install after download when the Wii U is in Standby
Changes to the Wii U Menu:
- The User Settings screen now displays when users select their User Mii from the Wii U Menu
- The design and layout of the Users Settings screen has been updated
- This includes the ability to switch the active user from the User Settings screen
Changes to System Settings:
- Quick Start Menu options have been added to Power Settings
- Wii U GamePad Alert options are located within the Quick Start Menu options
Changes to the HOME Menu
- A Notification icon is now available on the HOME Menu, allowing users to launch the Notifications feature from the HOME Menu
Improvements to system stability and usability:
- Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience
(*1) The Quick Start Menu is only displayed when the Wii U GamePad POWER or HOME Buttons are pressed. Other controllers, such as the Wii Remote Plus and Wii U Pro Controller, will continue to power on the Wii U
(*2) Wii U GamePad Alerts are different from the notifications received via the Wii U Notifications feature. Wii U GamePad Alerts settings can be changed via Power Settings located in System Settings.