Wednesday, 7 February 2018

PS4 System Software 5.50 Details

The beta for the next system software update 5.50 rolls out today to those who were selected and Playstation have today told us what's in store in the new update. There are a few new features in update 5.50 including Quick Menu alterations and introduction of Play Time Management. Check out the new features below.

Play Time Management is being introduced in the new update, which will allow family members and guardians to manage PS4 playtime for children on PSN. You can turn this setting on in the Settings tab or log onto your PS account from a smartphone or tablet, and you can manage and check your childs playtime every day. You can add "playtime restrictions" to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time.The child will also receive notifications throughout their playtime to let them know how much time they have left online. The guardian will have the option to add extra playtime via their smartphone or can log them out of the PS once their time is up.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Play Time Managment

"Library UI Updates: ‘This PS4’ and Name/Avatar tab - Two new tabs are being added to Library to make it easier for you to see which apps you’ve installed and purchased. The ‘This PS4’ tab lists all the applications that are installed on the PS4 system, and the tab with your name/avatar lists all the apps that you purchased with your PSN ID. This feature also makes it easy to search and find games you’ve already purchased but have not yet installed."

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Library

"PS Plus Tab - This update also adds a new PS Plus tab to the Library, which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to your game so you’ll know you cannot play the game until you’ve re-subscribed."

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Library

"Hide apps - We’re adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the ‘Purchased’ tab in the Library. In ‘Options,’ you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won’t be going back to."

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Library

"Quick Menu Enhancements - If you ever want to quickly access specific friends in your custom list, you’ll be able to do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. You can also see who’s currently online. Whenever you’re listening to music on PS4, you’ll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. If you’re using Spotify on PlayStation Music, the ‘square’ button will serve as the shortcut for volume control. And when you’re on the Media Player or the USB Music Player, ‘triangle’ will work as the shortcut for play or pause, and the ‘square’ button as the volume control."

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Quick Menu - Music shortcut

"Background music on Playstation Now - With Background Music on PlayStation Now, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Just keep in mind that, similar to when playing a game locally on PS4, background music may not always be available."

"Notifications Update - This update will give you the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management. Just go to Notifications and press the ‘triangle’ or ‘Options’ button to open up a menu that will allow you to select a single or multiple notifications you’d like to delete."

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Notifications

"Import Custom Wallpapers from USB - Love customizing your PS4 Home Screen? Well, this new update will give you even more options. You can import your own images to PS4 from a USB stick and set it as your wallpaper. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look perfect on your dashboard. Just go to Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device."

"Customize Tournament Team Pages - Following the 5.50 update, you’ll be able to customize your Tournaments team page with your own team logo or background that you can import from a USB stick. Represent your team by customizing your team page with something unique and original! To set your logo and background, head over to Events > Teams > select your team > Edit Team Profile."

"Supersampling Mode on PS Pro - PS4 Pro users will see a new ‘supersampling mode’ under Settings, which enables those with HDTVs (i.e., 1080p or less) to enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games. With supersampling mode, games that render to a higher resolution when connected to a 4K TV will downscale to match the HDTV – allowing PS4 Pro owners to leverage the benefits of an image clarity boost even if they don’t own a 4K TV. Certain games already have ‘supersampling’ benefits as part of their ‘PS4 Pro Enhanced’ feature set, but this new mode can enhance the experience for those games that don’t already have the feature. 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."

For more information visit the Playstation Blog. You can also check out a video by Push Square below with more details.

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