Get updates early
Sony is now offering a pretty quick and painless sign up for beta testing the PS4 system software. All you’ll need is a PS4 (duh), an Internet connection and a master account — which you have if you created your account yourself as an adult, most likely.
If you meet all the preceding requirements you can fill out this two-question survey to sign up for the beta program slated to start in early September. Sony notes that it will only be accepting a limited number of beta testers, so sign up sooner than later if you want in.
If you get selected and for some reason the PS4 beta update is having issues for you, you can even roll back to firmware 2.57 at anytime, certainly a nice reassurance that you won’t be stuck with a buggy system.
How to Sign Up for the PS4 System Software Beta [Playstation Blog]