PS4 System Software 5.50 beta out today, key features revealed

PS4 System Software 5.50 beta out today, key features revealed

Sony has revealed a number of new features that are set to come to the PlayStation 4 as part of the system's upcoming 5.50 update.

The update, which begins today in beta form, introduces play time management, library and quick menu updates. This new feature will allow family managers and adults set as guardians to control the playtime of child family members. Under the Family Management tab in the settings menu, users will be able to check and manage their play time or apply restrictions that limit daily gaming to a certain length of time. To avoid saving woes or untimely quitting, the child will be notified during gameplay before playtime is over. "The family managers/guardians can also set the PS4 to log out once the playtime session is over, and increase or decrease game time on the go, via the web portal". If your membership has expired, you'll see a lock next to it, until you've resubscribed. You can hide apps through the "Options" settings.

Additionally, the PS4's library UI will see a number of much-needed updates, including two new tabs "to make it easier for you to see which apps you've installed and purchased".

Following PS4 update 5.50, all PlayStation 4 owners have the ability to import custom wallpapers via USB directly to your PS4. This is accomplished via a new USB storage device option on the Themes area of the Settings menu.

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HDTV Supersampling for PS4 Pro. If you're a longtime subscriber, there's a good chance you've racked up an unwieldy number of games that add clutter to your game library. As reported back in January, those who have a PS4 Pro but not a 4K TV can still take advantage of games that render to higher resolution. One of the sections allows you to see everything you've purchased on your account, while the other shows only what's now installed on your console. Now, the multinational video game company has made a decision to officially reveal the contents of the next update, which is set to introduce several changes and refinements in the console's user interface, as well as a supersampling mode for the PlayStation 4 Pro that assists those who don't have a TV that supports 4K resolution. Seen in the image below, the Library will now be divided into "This PS4" and your PSN ID - this way, content is more easily divided and navigatable for those with a growing digital collection.

With the launch of 5.50, you'll be able to access custom friends' lists directly from the Quick Menu. You can also now permanently remove old notifications from the PS4 as well.

PlayStation gamers, get ready for a system update coming your way soon.

All of the new features are described in this PlayStation Blog post. Sony notes that, just like when playing a game locally on PS4, some background music may not always be available.

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