PS5 firmware 21.02-04.51.00 is out, here are the patch notes

PS5 Firmware 21.02-04.51.00
PS5 Firmware 21.02-04.51.00

It’s time to update your giant curvy iceberg as Sony have released a new firmware update for the PlayStation 5. PS5 firmware 21.02-04.51.00, to give it it’s full title, weighs in at 914mb and you will never, ever guess what it does.

No, you can’t. Stop it. Stop pretending you know exactly what’s coming next. At least act surprised, it will make Sony happy. Right then, those patch notes are as follows:


“This system software update improves system performance.”


I really think Sony need to start being a little more specific, how does this update improve performance? Does the console load 0.004 seconds faster? Is the text 0.00076% slightly more clearer to read? Does the disk drive sound less like a 747 taking off and more like a 737?

Sony should also consider us poor writers who have to try and wrangle 300 words based on “This system software update improves system performance” so we hit SEO targets and Google will give us all the clicks. Like me. Now. 164 words so far and I’m really running out of steam, which coincidentally a website that sells PC games and never gets patched. 188 words. That last bit was really tenuous wasn’t it?

Oh I know let’s talk about the BAFTA nominations as PS5 games kicked butt, even if they didn’t have PS5 firmware 21.02-04.51.00. Housemarque’s critically-acclaimed Returnal is the forerunner with eight nomationations, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Music, Narrative, Original Property, and Technical Achievement. It is closely followed by Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart which has seven nominations and the third placed game in the table is yet another PS5 exclusive, Deathloop, which picks up five nods.

All three are in the running for the Best Game category:

  • Deathloop – Arkane Lyon/Bethesda Softworks
  • Forza Horizon 5 – Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios
  • Inscryption – Daniel Mullins Games/Devolver Digital
  • It Takes Two – Hazelight Studios/Electronic Arts
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Returnal – Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment

320 words. Phew.

Source: PushSquare

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  1. I feel for you Tuffcub, but the Steam client gets patched all the time! Or at least every time I start it (which probably tells you more about how often I play games on Steam versus my PS5).

    But yes, I hope that we one day will have a patch with noteworthy additions, like bringing back the communities in some form perhaps as a Discord integration? I don’t know, but I hated having to add 20+ players to my friends list just because I started to play Deep Rock Galactic. I want my friends list to be my real friends, and those that I only play with in a small tightly knit community. That way when someone joins that community they instantly becomes “friends” with everyone, not having to add n friends (and the next n+1 friends).

    Playstation prides itself on the social interaction of gamers with sharing and communitites in the past. I understand that the communities probably became some kind of illicit message boards that they couldn’t patrol. But I would be happy with just the ability to group people and organize events like in the past. The message board and sharing of screenshots perhaps was fun, but not the essential part of the communities IMHO.

    Oops. I better stop my rant… already over 200 words shouldn’t post longer than the article itself :-D

    • I specifically mentioned the Steam website, not the client. The website never gets patched. Or at least, not that you notice :D

      • Absolutely, you are right in that the website isn’t patched in a way that the visitor sees. But neither is PSNs homepage.

        And you cannot play games on Steam by just using the homepage, you have to install the client that updates quite frequently. If you are only interested in buying games, you don’t see the updates, but neither do you see the updates on the PS5 if you only buy games using the PSN website. So the two cases are pretty much the same.

        Sorry for being such a nitpicker. (But I agree that these “stability updates” are less than exciting, guess they actually are security patches whenever they find a bug.)

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