It happens with every launch of a new online product and it’s happening with the PS4: PSN is experiencing some issues due to the high volume of people attempting to log on and download that mandatory 1.5 patch to unlock some of the system’s features. Players are being met with error messages stating that the internet connection was lost. It’s nobody’s fault, and it’s just a fact of the matter. However, all is not lost.
Thankfully, the PS4 is equipped with the ability to install updates through USB, so you can actually circumvent PSN altogether by downloading the patch straight through Sony’s site. It’s actually quite easy; here’s the link to the update, as well as Sony’s instructions on how to get things rolling. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you follow these instructions exactly, particularly when it comes to naming the folders. For clarification, you will need to create a folder on the USB drive called PS4, then create another inside that folder called UPDATE. After downloading the update, save it to the drive inside the UPDATE folder. Therefore you will have the update inside the UPDATE folder, which itself is within the PS4 folder on the drive.
The reason this has to be done so precisely is that that PS4 will not recognize the folders and therefore will not be able to install to them. And yes, that means that you will have to use single-byte letters, all uppercase. Make sure you read through all of the instructions before you do anything, because there are some other important tidbits as well such as the obvious turning off the system before plugging in the drive, then holding down the power button for 7 seconds to boot the system in Safe Mode. If you follow all of this correctly, you should be able to be up and running very quickly.