PS4 system update 5.50 enters beta as Sony previews new features

07 February, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Devin Moran
  • PS4 system update 5.50 enters beta as Sony previews new features

Every once in a while, however, an update brings about a slew of new features and updates. In 5.50, we're introducing Play Time Management, Library plus Quick Menu updates and much more.

There's no word on when update 5.50 will launch for the general public, but we'll hopefully hear some feedback from those accepted into the beta.

Family managers/guardians can apply playtime restrictions in two ways.

The new Play Time Management feature will let family managers and others set as guardians keep tabs on their child's playtime each day. On the PlayStation, users can even choose to automatically log their child out of their PS4 once they exceed the maximum playtime set by their parent. Notifications will be sent to children while they're playing so they know they should save and quit. Just go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device. As we previously reported, this includes a custom Tournaments team page that can be found in the Events sections, as well as Supersampling for everyone with a PS4 Pro and no 4K TV. To set your logo and background, head over to Events Teams select your team Edit Team Profile. One of the sections allows you to see everything you've purchased on your account, while the other shows only what's now installed on your console.

PS4 system update 5.50 enters beta as Sony previews new features
PS4 system update 5.50 enters beta as Sony previews new features

The other features are mostly there to help with clutter and to make finding games in your library easier. Users can play these games again once they have re-subscribed to the service. In addition, you'll be able to hide apps such as demos, betas etc with the Hide Apps option.

The pulldown menu's "Friends" tab will feature quick access to specific friends that are featured in your custom list. Side benefit: that way you can see at a glance what games you'll lose access to if your PS Plus subscription ends, which is both practical and a clever little way for Sony to say "you sure you wanna cancel that sub?"

Now on to the quick menu improvements. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act as the shortcut for volume control. 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.

Background Music on PS Now: This allows one to listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games through PS Now. As mentioned above, PS4 owners can download the update immediately. The feature will downscale some, but not all games to match the capabilities of the connected HDTV (i.e. 1080p or less), allowing PS4 Pro players who haven't upgraded their TV to see an improvement to image clarity. "Please note performance will vary, as games are optimized differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro".


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