Supersampling, UI Updates, and More

Alan Olson
February 7, 2018

So while it is no PSN ID name change, the PS4 System Software Update 5.50 is quite substantial for anyone who owns a PS4 or PS4 Pro. This feature will allow family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) to manage PS4 playtime for child family members on PSN. From their PS4 or a web browser on PC or smartphone, a parent can see how many hours a child has played each day. On the PlayStation, users can even choose to automatically log their child out of their PS4 once they exceed the maximum playtime set by their parent. This is found under Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

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.

In addition, the new firmware offers library UI improvements, including a PS Plus tab, and tabs for "This PS4" and Name/Avatar. The PS4 section lists all of the apps and games now installed on the console, while the tab with your avatar and name shows what has been purchased with your PSN account. If your membership has expired, you'll see a lock next to it, until you've resubscribed.

Hide apps: This feature is great for clearing up the clutter in your "Purchased" tab in the Library. And if you were looking for custom audio loadouts, according to Sony, you'll be able to do this easily through the Headset Companion App.

Users will be able to access friends from their custom list via a pulldown menu under the Friends tab and see their online status.

Two new tabs have been added to the library to make navigation easier.

Other improvements include further options for the PlayStation 4 Quick Menu, including volume controls for music and some friends list changes. 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.

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You will also be able hide certain items so you can clear off that demo of Killzone Shadow Fall that has been in your library for four years, or remove any trace of Drawn To Death.

Making this the third PS4 firmware in a row to tackle the notification menu, this update will allow you to delete old notifications, either individually or in bulk.

With this new feature, users can listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games on PS Now.

PS4 Pro owners will be ecstatic to see a new "supersampling mode" under Settings, enabling those with HDTVs (i.e., 1080p or less) to enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing certain games on their PS4.

"Please note performance will vary, as games are optimised differently to take advantage of the power of the PS4 Pro".

Sony is yet to announce precisely when system update 5.50 will roll out to the entire PlayStation community, so we'll keep you posted. You can still sign up here for a chance to participate.

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