Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

PS4 System Software 5.50 beta out today, key features revealed

PS4 System Software 5.50 beta out today, key features revealed

Following several leaked PS4 5.50 screenshots, Sony has now lifted the lid off the entire thing, revealing every improvement coming in the new system update. "Notifications will be sent to children during gameplay so that they know when they should save and quit", the blog post reads.

There's also the option to add extra game time and the choice to automatically log the child out of the PS4 once their allotted playtime is over. Such is the case with the upcoming 5.50 firmware update (codenamed KEIJI). The "This PS4" tab will list all the applications that are installed on the PS4 system. Once the image has been imported from USB, users can zoom, crop and preview them. Sony notes that, just like when playing a game locally on PS4, some background music may not always be available. Just go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

Custom wallpaper had been implemented to some extent previously, but 5.50 allows you to import any image via USB to apply as your background.

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.

If your Notifications tab makes you feel like you're in a particularly bad episode of Hoarders, you'll be glad to know that update 5.5 will make it possible to permanently delete any and all old notifications. Now you can clear out the notifications you don't want to see.

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. If this happens, the games will be shown with a lock icon on top of the PS Plus logo, making it more obvious that re-subscribing will restore access to those games.

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For owners of the PlayStation 4 Pro, this update adds a new supersampling mode.

Other features coming along with this update include enhancements to the Quick Menu, notifications, and new customization options for Tournaments team pages. According to the description of the, it will allow players to 'improve the image quality of some games on a TV with 2K resolution or lower.' It is noted, however, that the results of the adjustment will vary from game to game, and even warns that the 'frame rate might change.' if you're willing to risk a reduction in frame rate for better graphics, the PS4 supersampling mode might be worth a try.

PS4 Pro users taking part in the beta will see a new "supersampling mode" under Settings, which enables those with HDTVs (i.e., 1080p or less) to enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games. Over the course of a console's life, it's all but guaranteed to get new features, interface overhauls, and tweaks to make it more user-friendly.

Sony did not set a release date for firmware 5.50, but these beta test usually take about a month.

Meanwhile, updates to the Quick Menu promise to help you more quickly access specific friends and control your music.

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