PS4 Firmware Update 5.50's New Features Revealed

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Heads up, PlayStation gamers: Sony just announced details of its next major PS4 system software update, version 5.5.

This includes play time management, enhancements to its library user interface and quick menu, updates to notifications, the ability to load custom background images from a USB drive, and supersampling mode for the PS4 Pro. This new feature will come under the console's parental controls and will allow Family Manager profiles to set limits on when their children can play and how long they're able to do so. All the while, notifications will be sent to the child accounts during play so they know when to save and quit. If one's PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus. The first lists all games and apps installed on your PS4, and you can check everything you own by clicking on the tab showing your PSN ID. You can hide content like betas, trials, and demos.

You can also import your own custom wallpapers via a USB stick, and in the near future, customise your Tournaments team page. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look flawless on your dashboard. The new update will also allow the user to hide certain apps under the "Purchased" tab is in the Library.

PS Plus tab: This tab clarifies which games were downloaded from PS Plus' Monthly Free Games. We certainly hope it's soon, though, as a lot of the changes coming with the PS4 5.50 update seem as if they will change the system for the better. With Supersampling Mode, PS4 Pro owners with 1080p (or lower) TVs can enjoy enhanced visuals.

The Friends tab in the Quick Menu now lets you quickly access specific friends, and it'll also show which of them are online.

Two new tabs have been added to the library to make navigation easier. Speaking of tunes, the next firmware upgrade will allow players to listen to background music of their choice when streaming games through PlayStation Now. 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. "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". You can also now manually delete notifications. "In addition, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over", wrote SIEA Vice President of PlayStation Marketing Mary Yee on the Official PlayStation Blog. Xbox One added play limits previous year with the Creators Update, and the One X hardware has been supersampling games since last November.

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