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PS4 system update 5.50 enters beta as Sony previews new features

07 February, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Upcoming Update Features PS4 Supersampling Mode

Play Time Management: This feature helps parents manage PS4 playtime for their children.

One new feature that is helpful for parents is a new "Play Time Management" setting. In addition to that, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over. All the while, notifications will be sent to the child accounts during play so they know when to save and quit. You can add an hour limit, or set specific times they're only allowed to play during.

Family managers/guardians can apply playtime restrictions in two ways. This makes the PS4 Pro render the game in 4K, and then downsample it to your TV's resolution.

PS4 Pro owners will receive a "supersampling mode" which will enable those with HDTVs (1080p or less) to experience enhanced visuals in PS4 games.

The PlayStation library will also see some updates making it easier to navigate through your available games.

What do you think of the free February PlayStation Plus games? Some PS Now games will also let you listen to your own tunes while streaming a classic title from Sony's servers. If one's PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus.

The final coup-de-grace for messy libraries: you can finally hide apps. You can import your own images to PS4 from a USB stick and set it as your wallpaper.

In a new blog post on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony detailed the features included with the new firmware update, codenamed "KEIJI". Arguably the biggest overhauls added by System Software Update 5.50 are the changes made to the PS4's UI.

The quick menu now supports custom lists of friends and will also include new shortcuts such as pressing square to change the volume on music playing via Spotify, and background music is now supported by PlayStation Now. You can zoom and crop the image before saving it as your background, so no need to fiddle with dimensions or resolution beforehand.

From the dashboard go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

Furthermore, in a bid to reduce clutter, Sony's Update 5.50 for PS4 will will give users the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management, and it will provide the option to hide certain apps that likely won't be booted up again - think betas, trials, or other demos of the like.

Other features in this patch include new Quick Menu improvements (shortcut buttons for volume and Pause/Play when listening to music, faster access to individual friends) and customization options for team pages in Tournaments. "Please note performance will vary, as games are optimized differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro".

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