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11/13/2017
Updating Destiny on the PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4

This is a sub-page in the Installing and Updating Destiny Guide. To return to the start of the support flow, please click here.

Updating Destiny on the PlayStation 4


The current Destiny release is often updated to address gameplay issues or to update in-game features. All Destiny releases require players to download and apply all available updates for their consoles to continue playing. Most consoles will automatically download and install updates as they become available, however players may occasionally need to manually begin the update process. For more detailed information on downloading and installing Destiny Updates on the PlayStation 4, please read the below guide.

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Legacy Support for Destiny 1
Destiny 1 is no longer scheduled to receive any updates or content releases. For more information, please see the Legacy Support Guide for Destiny.


Automatic Updates for Destiny

Most consoles can be set up to receive automatic updates to Destiny. Here are the recommended steps to do so:

  1. Turn on the PlayStation 4 system
  2. Sign into the desired PSN profile
  3. Press up on the D-pad and navigate to the Settings menu
  4. Click on the System menu
  5. Clock on the Automatic Downloads menu
  6. Highlight and select Application Update Files

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Manually Updating Destiny

If players do not have automatic updates enabled, or if they encounter an issue with an update they may need to manually update Destiny. Here are the recommended steps to do so:

  1. Turn on the PlayStation 4 system
  2. Sign into the desired PSN profile
  3. Press up on the D-pad and navigate to the Notifications menu
  4. Select the Downloads menu 
  5. Click on the Destiny Update File icon
  6. The download will begin automatically
  7. The game will be ready to play once the update finishes installing

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Vital Information for Updating Destiny

Below is a list of Vital Information players may need to know before beginning the update process for Destiny:


  • Hard Drive Requirements: Players should ensure they have the proper amount of console storage space available to complete the full installation process. For more information, please see the Platform Storage Requirements guide.

  • Interrupting Update Downloads: When receiving a patch or update for Destiny, please do not interrupt the download or install process. Doing so may force some consoles to re-download all previous patch data. Once this occurs, it cannot be undone and may only be resolved by allowing all deleted patch data to be re-downloaded.

  • Wired Connections Recommended: Players that are using a wireless or wifi connection may want to switch to a wired connection for the download and installation process. Wireless connections are susceptible to a variety of different sources of interference and may cause issues in the stability of the Destiny download or installation. For more information, please see the Network Troubleshooting Guide

  • Long or Stalled Downloads: If the download is taking an abnormally long time, please stop or delete the download, and clear the console cache. Once the PlayStation 4 system is turned back on, please start the download from the Downloads queue in the Notifications menu. When downloading from that menu, the download bar may say that is "Preparing to Download" for a while, but as long as progress is being made, please try to continue the download normally. If progress on the download bar stops, never starts, or otherwise stalls, please try uninstalling Destiny, clearing the console cache, and then reinstalling Destiny. If the download continues to encounters this problem, please contact PlayStation Support.

  • Console Error Codes: Players may occasionally encounter a console error code when downloading, installing, or updating Destiny. These are most often a string of numbers and/or letters. To troubleshoot these errors, please contact PlayStation Support.

  • Corrupted Data Error: Players may occasionally encounter a "Corrupted Data" error message when downloading, installing, or updating Destiny. To troubleshoot this error code, please stop or delete the download, clear the console cache, and then try initiating the download again from the Downloads queue in the Notifications menu. If the download continues to encounter the "corrupted data" error message, please contact PlayStation Support.

  • Destiny Error Codes: Players may occasionally encounter a Destiny error codes when downloading, installing, or updating Destiny. These are codes like OYSTER. To troubleshoot these errors, please try searching for the associated error page in the Destiny Help Knowledge Base and work through any suggested troubleshooting steps. Additionally players may want to search or post on the #Help forums where Destiny Player Support, Mentors, and community volunteers may be able to provide additional assistance. Please note: It is expected behavior to encounter the SHEEP error code if players launch Destiny without having downloaded and installed the latest Destiny update. To resolve this error code, please close Destiny and install the latest update.

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