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PS4 Firmware Update 5.50's New Features Revealed

PS4 Firmware Update 5.50's New Features Revealed

The PlayStation 4 operating system's next major update has gone out, in beta, to those who signed up to test it back in January. The highlights include Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro, an updated library UI, improvements to the Quick Menu and notifications, and a new feature called Play Time Management. A select few people, starting today, have access to the beta program and all of its awesome new features that Sony has made a decision to share with us today via a sneak peek.

The signature feature is Play Time Management, which is created to give adult family members more control over how long kids are active on the PlayStation Network.

"If needed, the family manager/guardians can apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours".

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'Notifications on PS4 will be sent to the child during gameplay so that he or she knows when they should save and quit. You'll also be able to delete old notifications to help clean up your list. To access this feature, go to Settings Family Management on your PS4. It's a cinch to operate, requiring you to simply head to Settings Family Management on the PS4, or fire up your PlayStation account on your web browser via a PC or smartphone. Following this, Sony details several of the UI improvements coming in Update 5.50, starting with a "This PS4" tab that lists all applications installed on a PS4, and a tab with players' names/avatars showing all apps purchased with their PSN ID. A new PS Plus tab will show all the games you've received for free as a member. The Quick Menu has also been updated with more options when you're listening to music through Spotify. Designed for gaming, the headset was a affordable option, and came with a few PlayStation specific goodies via the Headset Companion app on PS4. Update 5.50 will open things up even further: drop any image you like on a USB stick, plug it into your PS4, then go to Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

With Background Music on PS Now, you'll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Oh well. There will always be another PS4 update! Once imported, you can even zoom, crop and preview them in-situ to help get the flawless look on your dashboard.

Last but not least, PS4 Pro users will see a new Supersampling Mode under Settings that will enable users without a 4K TV to get some of the same visual enhancements that those with 4K can enjoy. "Because PS4 Pro's added power and modes benefit different games in different ways, please note that certain games' image clarity may not improve with this new feature". Such is the case with the upcoming 5.50 firmware update (codenamed KEIJI).


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