PS4 Firmware Update 5.50's New Features Revealed

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For example, a parent can decide that their child is allowed to play their console for a total of two hours each day, but not play at all after 10pm. "Notifications will be sent to children during gameplay so that they know when they should save and quit", the blog post reads. The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC. In addition to that, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over.

That's on top of new Library tabs that make it easier to see which apps you've installed and own.

The "This PS4" tab will list all of the applications that are installed on your PS4 system, while a tab with your name/avatar will list all of the apps purchased with your PSN ID.

The second tab, PS Plus, only lists games you've acquired through the monthly PlayStation Plus offerings. However, users should note that certain games might not be enhanced by this new feature. You're now, finally, also able to hide apps in the Purchased section, such as expired betas and demos.

The quick menu now supports custom lists of friends and will also include new shortcuts such as pressing square to change the volume on music playing via Spotify, and background music is now supported by PlayStation Now. This change should serve to make it easier to figure out what you actually have on your system and available to play. Speaking of tunes, the next firmware upgrade will allow players to listen to background music of their choice when streaming games through PlayStation Now. As an added benefit, gamers can hit the "triangle" button to play and pause music entirely for the Media Player.

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Other details on what may be coming with the PS4 supersampling update will be forthcoming, but at least those of us with lower quality TVs may see a bit of a graphics bump in our favorite games. You can also now permanently remove old notifications from the PS4 as well.

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You can see a full breakdown of PS4 system update 5.50 in the gallery below. Once imported, you can even zoom, crop and preview them in-situ to help get the flawless look on your dashboard. Simply head to Settings Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

Import Custom Wallpapers via USB: Users can now import images and use them as their background wallpaper. You'll also be able to customize your Tournaments team page with a team logo or other artwork saved off of a USB drive. As reported back in January, those who have a PS4 Pro but not a 4K TV can still take advantage of games that render to higher resolution.

As with all major PS4 firmwares, this one brings a host of new features, some of which have been requested by fans for a while.

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