PS4 System Software Update 5.50 to include new features; Details here

Camille Francis
February 7, 2018

Heads up, PlayStation gamers: Sony just announced details of its next major PS4 system software update, version 5.5. This feature allows family managers set as guardians over a child's account to manage when and for how long the kids can play.

"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", Mary Yee, vice president of PS marketing, wrote in a blog post. To avoid saving woes or untimely quitting, the child will be notified during gameplay before playtime is over.

Family managers/guardians have the option to add extra game time through their smartphone or PC. There's also a section where you can see which games you only "own" through PlayStation Plus.

Sony is also updating the Library UI to include a "This PS4" tab, which shows all of the applications installed on the console. This means you can hide all those betas, trials, and demos that you didn't like.

Additionally, the PS4's library UI will see a number of much-needed updates, including two new tabs "to make it easier for you to see which apps you've installed and purchased".

Lesser improvements are the notification update that lets you delete older notifications from your system as well as the import custom wallpapers via USB feature with which you can use any image as a wallpaper on your console.

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Import your own images to the PS4 through a USB to use as a background image. This is accomplished via a new USB storage device option on the Themes area of the Settings menu.

Customize Tournaments Team Pages: It will now be possible to customize one's Tournaments team page with a team logo or background imported from a USB stick. Some games already feautre this, however, this mode will be of a benefit to 4K enhanced games that do not have supersampling. Some games already have supersampling as part of their PS4 Pro Enhanced features, though this new setting will bring that same experience to games that don't already include that feature.

A third PlayStation Plus tab will also be added to the Library to help you keep track of which of the free monthly games you've downloaded.

So while it is no PSN ID name change, the PS4 System Software Update 5.50 is quite substantial for anyone who owns a PS4 or PS4 Pro.

The Friends tab in the Quick Menu now lets you quickly access specific friends, and it'll also show which of them are online. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act as the shortcut for volume control. "Please note performance will vary, as games are optimized differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro". This process involves a game being rendered at a higher resolution (up to 4K, in the case of certain PS4 games) and then downscaled to your display's resolution, thereby providing greater clarity.

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