The 4 biggest features coming in PlayStation 4 system software 5.50


With the update beginning to roll out to select PS4 users, Sony has announced the details of what to expect from what we now know is system update 5.50.

If you signed up to beta test the update, keep an eye on your email for details on accessing it. Other features that have arrived with the update include "play-time management", hiding apps, clearing notifications, library UI changes and a bunch more.

In system software update 5.00 we introduced a range of parental control enhancements. Building on the "Family Managers" controls introduced in 5.00, the new update allows Family Managers to set limits on when and for how long each individual child can play for. To do this, you just go to Settings and select Family Management on your PS4. With this the parent/ guardian can set the number of hours the child is allowed to use the PS4 before it automatically powers off.

Moving on to the new wallpaper component of the update, it lets users import images from their USB sticks for custom wallpaper creation. In the Settings menu, an option of USB storage device has been inserted, which you will get in Themes option.

Two new tabs are being added to Library to make it easier for you to see which apps you've installed and purchased. Family Managers can set their kids Play Time limits on the PS4 itself or through PSN on the web.

Other new additions include a "This PS4" and "PS Plus" tab, differentiating between apps and games already installed on the PS4 and apps and games you have on the PS Plus Monthly free games platform, respectively. If your subscription has lapsed, games on the system will be shown with a lock icon on top of the PS Plus logo. In 'Options, ' you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won't be going back to.

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With the launch of 5.50, you'll be able to access custom friends' lists directly from the Quick Menu.

This update will give you the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management. Users may also press the "triangle" button to play or pause music when they are on the Media Player or the USB Music Player.

You will now be able to listen to your favorite music while streaming games on PS Now. Just be aware, similar to when playing a game on disc or via digital download on PS4, background music may not always be available.

For PS4 Pro users, Sony is including a new supersampling mode that will allow HDTVs with 1080p or less resolution to enjoy the enhanced visual experience when they are playing PS4 games.

PS4 Pro users who don't own a 4K resolution television will now benefit from HDTV Supersampling, which won't work with all titles but for the ones it does work with, it will provide a greater clarity to the game for anything 1080p resolution or below. That said, Sony warns that performance may vary with this, as various games are optimized differently. The complete update may bring some more exciting features to the users. You can still sign up here for a chance to participate.