PS4 beta patch may include suspend and resume function

You might not have to wait too much longer to pick up your PS4 games right where you left off playing them. According to a leaked image allegedly taken of PS4's 2.50 beta firmware update notes, the patch will introduce the system's long-delayed suspend-and-resume function.

If you're playing on Xbox One, you may already be accustomed to the convenience of stopping a game, sending your console into low-power mode, and starting back up later without all the hassle of load screens and save points. It hardly sounds like a killer feature, but it's actually one of the coolest things about Xbox One.

The suspend feature was supposed to be one of PS4's coolest features, too, as it was announced alongside the console. Unfortunately, Sony revealed just a few weeks before launch that it wouldn't be included with the big day-one update that enabled PS Vita remote play, recording video, and many other key features.

Several big updates have arrived since then, adding in stuff ranging from dimmable DualShock 4 light bars to SharePlay support, but you still can't resume a game after putting your system into rest mode.

If the image really is from a beta firmware update sent out to select PlayStation VIP members, the next big PS4 patch might finally be the one we've been waiting for.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.