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PS4 Firmware 5.50 Features Detailed

PS4 Firmware 5.50 Features Detailed

As above, if you did not sign up for the beta, it's unclear when you will get this update.

Whether you're taking part in the beta programme or not, we wanted to give you a first look at some of the features you can expect in this update.

Sony has revealed some features in an upcoming PlayStation 4 update that include tools for play time management, custom wallpapers, and library enhancements.

One of the most significant changes brought in with the v5.50 firmware update is the ability to change to custom wallpapers from an external storage system. This feature basically enables family managers and adult family members to control playtime for the younger family members on PSN.

If you're anxious about your kids not playing outside enough, Play Time Management gives designated "Family Managers" the ability to set limits for when and for how long each child can play. The settings also allow parents or guardians to set the PS4 to log out when the child's play session ends, and also to add to or cut game time. You can even manage these accounts using the browser. Note that the picture files on a USB stick need to be located in a folder named "IMAGES" for the PS4 to recognize them. To set your logo and background, head over to Events Teams select your team Edit Team Profile. If needed, the family manager/guardians can apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours. Microsoft also offers the same feature for its Xbox One X 4K HDR game console and their own list of select games.

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This update also adds a new PS Plus tab to the Library, which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus' Monthly Free Games. A helpful lock icon will materialise when your subscription runs out, letting you know it's time to renew. In 'Options, ' you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you may not be going back to.

The update also includes enhancements to the interface, letting users quickly message or invite friends, change volume, and more from the newly revamped Quick Menu.

Another Quick Menu modification will allow users to listen to music on their PS4 using new shortcuts. The same shortcut can be used when playing music via the Media Player or the USB Music Player. There will also be a "Purchased" tab for hiding all sorts of apps that clutter your interface and an option for deleting old notifications is being introduced.

A new feature called "Background Music" on PlayStation Now will allow users to play their favourite tracks on supported games. With supersampling, those games which render at a higher resolution whilst connected to a 4K device will downscale to match the HDTV. That said, Sony warns that performance may vary with this, as various games are optimized differently.