PS4 system update 5.50 enters beta as Sony previews new features

Doug Carpenter
February 7, 2018

Sony has revealed a number of new features that are set to come to the PlayStation 4 as part of the system's upcoming 5.50 update. Included in the newest PS4 Update 5.50 we'll see play time management, quick menu enhancements, importing custom wallpapers via USB and more. The child will receive notifications telling them when the time is about to expire so they can save and quit their game.

"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. The update brings the PS4 to software version 5.50 and is codenamed KEIJI.

While the new tabs are welcomed, the feature I'm personally most excited for is the ability to hide applications under the "Purchased" tab in the library. You can zoom and crop the image before saving it as your background, so no need to fiddle with dimensions or resolution beforehand. Background music will also be coming to PlayStation Now, though as with local gameplay, background music may not always be available. If parents are feeling generous, they can extend play time from a smartphone or computer.

Go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device. There will also be a "PS Plus" tab that sorts out which games have been acquired by simply subscribing to the service, with lapsed players seeing a locked icon until their re-subscription.

This tab lists all the applications installed on the PS4 system and the tab with your name/avatar lists all the items you've purchased with your PSN ID.

Other improvements include further options for the PlayStation 4 Quick Menu, including volume controls for music and some friends list changes. This will also allow you to see who's now online.

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. While gamers may see some framerate issues with the use of this new option, it will be interesting to see how much of a difference the supersampling coming with the PS4 5.50 update actually makes.

Supersampling mode will take games that render to a higher resolution when connected to a 4K TV to downscale to match the HDTV. Finally, the PS Plus tab will show you games that have been downloaded using a PS Plus membership, and with this new update, you'll even be able to hide apps you don't use. Though not applicable to all games, it still allows PS4 Pro owners who haven't upgraded their television to see an improvement to image clarity.

There are a handful of other new features that every PlayStation owner will benefit from as well.

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