PS4 System Update 550 Features Supersampling Parental Controls and More

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Most PS4 system updates usually consist of “stability updates.” Every once in a while, however, an update brings about a slew of new features and updates. Such is the case with the upcoming 5.50 firmware update (codenamed KEIJI). Though the update is still in beta, Sony has officially revealed the features players can expect when it goes live to everyone.Below is the full list PS4 firmware update 5.50 features via the PlayStation Blog:Play Time Management: This feature helps parents manage PS4 playtime for their children. From their PS4 or a web browser on PC or smartphone, a parent can see how many hours a child has played each day. They can apply restrictions to ensure the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours. The child will receive notifications telling them when the time is about to expire so they can save and quit their game. In theory, this is also a way for adult gamers to control their own playtimes.Library UI Updates: This update is to let players better understand what is on their PS4s. In the “This PS4” tab, users can see a list of all applications installed on the PS4. The tab with one’s name/avatar lists all of the apps a user has purchased with their PSN ID. This feature makes it easier to see what games have been purchased but not installed.PS Plus tab: This tab clarifies which games were downloaded from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If one’s PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus. Users can play these games again once they have re-subscribed to the service.Hide apps: This feature is great for clearing up the clutter in your “Purchased” tab in the Library. You can hide content like betas, trials, and demos. This is the type of content most users will not return to, so it’s nice to know they don’t ever have to see them in their Library.Quick Menu Enhancements: This allows users to quickly access specific friends from their custom list. They can do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. This also shows which friends are currently online. When listening to music on PS4, users can now access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act as the shortcut for volume control. On the Media Player or the USB Music Player, Triangle works as the shortcut for play or pause. Square serves as volume control.Background Music on PS Now: This allows one to listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games through PS Now. Sony notes that, just like when playing a game locally on PS4, some background music may not always be available.Notifications Update: This lets users delete old notifications from their notifications list. This is another feature that’s useful for gamers who don’t want so much clutter on their PS4.Import Custom Wallpapers via USB: Users can now import images and use them as their background wallpaper. Images can be zoomed and cropped to get them looking just right.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. Like the previous feature, this one is all about giving players the choice to truly make things their own.Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro: This feature will no doubt be the one to get PS4 users the most excited. With Supersampling Mode, PS4 Pro owners with 1080p (or lower) TVs can enjoy enhanced visuals. Games that render at a higher resolution on 4K TVs will downscale to match the HDTV. Some games already have supersampling, so this feature is for those without the option. Sony notes that not all games will get better image quality when Supersampling Mode is enabled.Make sure to head over to the PlayStation Blog to get a full rundown on each of firmware 5.50’s features. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more