Here's Every New PS4 5.50 Update Feature Explained

07 February, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Sony Announces All The New Features Coming To PS4 System Update 5.50

This new feature will allow family managers and adults set as guardians to control the playtime of child family members.

The signature feature is Play Time Management, which is created to give adult family members more control over how long kids are active on the PlayStation Network. Additionally, they have the option of automatically logging the child out of the PS4 once playtime ends. Children will be sent notifications throughout their play with regards to how much time they have left so that they can save and quit in time. This will also allow parents to set playtime limits - even from a PC or smartphone.

Family managers/guardians can apply playtime restrictions in two ways.

Library UI changes: A new tab called "This PS4" will show every application installed to the system, and then a tab with the user's name and avatar will show all of the games and applications they have acquired from PlayStation Network - again, to help users better manage and understand their application libraries.

The second tab, PS Plus, only lists games you've acquired through the monthly PlayStation Plus offerings. Speaking of music, you'll be able to listen to tunes in the background while streaming games on PS Now. You can also hide apps you may no longer need like betas, demos and trials.

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Meanwhile, there's the ability to delate old notifications, import custom wallpapers via USB, plus the addition of background music on PS Now.

In a new blog post on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony detailed the features included with the new firmware update, codenamed "KEIJI".

Have you downloaded the new PS4 update yet?

Finally, new quick menu upgrades allow users to access custom friends lists right in the console's menu, making it easier to see who is online immediately. On the Media Player or USB Music Player, the triangle button works as a shortcut for play or pause and the square button can be used to control the volume. You can import images from a USB device, and you'll even be able to make adjustments like crop, zoom and so on to fit the dashboard.

Outside of parental controls, update 5.5 will allow users to import images from a USB stick to use as a custom wallpaper for a more personal look. Background music will also be coming to PlayStation Now, though as with local gameplay, background music may not always be available. With the 5.5 update, you can insert a flash drive that has the image you want, and set it as your background from the Themes tab in Settings. Because PS4 Pro's added power and modes benefit different games in different ways, please note that certain games' image clarity may not improve with this new feature. Sony also made tweaks to the music function, "Whenever you're listening to music on PS4, you'll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu".

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