PS4 Pro ships with firmware 3.70
Early buyers of the PS4 Pro have been confirming that the Playstation 4 Pro launch bundles ship with firmware 3.70. This has been confirmed by several PS4 Pro owners, across all regions (NA, EU, Asia).
Takeaway notes from this article:
- PS4 Pro launch bundles ship with firmware 3.70
- PS4 Slim launch bundles ship with firmware 3.55
PS4 Pro Firmware: Why should you care?
Homebrew and tinkering enthusiasts are typically looking for lower firmware devices, which increase the chances of the PS4 Pro being hackable. Recently, a PS4 Jailbreak was demonstrated on firmware 4.01, and, although that Jailbreak is apparently not going to be released publicly, this gives PS4 Pro owners some hope that their PS4 might be hackable at some point.
Of course, to enjoy all of the actual benefits of the PS4 Pro, you will need to upgrade to the latest firmware, at the time of this writing, 4.05. In particular, firmware 4.00 introduced many PS4 Pro specific features such as 1080p streaming for Remote Play, youtube, and twitch. More generally, being on the latest firmware is usually the only way to connect to the Playstation network, to download games and play online. Proxies exist to get access to the PSN on firmware 4.01 right now, but it is suspected these techniques will stop working whenever Sony release a future firmware update.
PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim, PS4 Phat: which one should you get for homebrew?
My personal opinion is that it would be a waste at this point to get a PS4 Pro and hold it on a lower firmware in hopes of a future hack: the chances of a PS4 Jailbreak release for firmware 4.01 are slim at best, unfortunately. It would sound much more cost effective at this point to get a used PS4 on a lower firmware, and wait with that one. Better yet, if you have the funds, get yourself a PS4 on 1.76, a firmware on which tinkerers can already run Linux today.
The PS4 Slim launch bundles ship with firmware 3.55. My personal plan is to get a PS4 slim as my gaming PS4 moving forward, and keep my current PS4 “Phat” on firmware 4.01.
Nevertheless, at this point if you buy a new PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim for this holiday season, you are guaranteed that it will ship with a firmware lower than 4.01. For details on PS4 Pro Firmware at launch, also see this reddit thread.
Whatever your purchase plans are for this holiday season, if you think there is hope for firmware 4.01, make sure at least one of your consoles is below that firmware, and follow the steps to update to PS4 4.01 here.