Here's What's Coming in PS4 System Software 5.50 Update

The Play Station 4 Has Peaked

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.

As a feature primarily designed for parents of children, the new Play Time Management feature coming with the PS4 5.50 update will allow tracking of how much the PS4 is used. A select few people, starting today, have access to the beta program and all of its awesome new features that Sony has chose to share with us today via a sneak peek.

The system will send a notification to the child when playtime is coming to an end, giving them enough time to save progress.

Users will be able to permanently remove old notifications from their PS4 - for better organisation and management. To access this feature, go to Settings Family Management on your PS4.

The family manager/guardian can log into the account and set the playable hours. In addition to the new tabs, the "Hide apps" function will be added to the library that will hide certain applications (betas, trials, and demos) under the "Purchased" tab.

PS Plus tab: This tab clarifies which games were downloaded from PS Plus' Monthly Free Games.

Other improvements include further options for the PlayStation 4 Quick Menu, including volume controls for music and some friends list changes. If your membership has expired, you'll see a lock next to it, until you've resubscribed. You can hide apps through the "Options" settings.

While custom wallpapers were previously implemented to some extent, the PS4 5.50 update allows users to import any issue they'd like to apply as the PS4 background. The "This PS4" tab will list all the applications that are installed on the PS4 system.

Background Music on PS Now: This allows one to listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games through PS Now.

Just hop into the system settings menu to activate it and you should be good to go.

'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, ' reads the blog post. You'll be able to zoom and crop to make sure you get the right background for you. "Please note performance will vary, as games are optimised differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro".

There are now more quick menu features thanks to PS4 Update 5.50 that lets you access specific friends in your custom list, see who's currently online, access certain music shortcuts if you are listening to music on your PlayStation 4.

Let us know which features you're most excited about, and remember it's not too late to join the beta.

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