Supersampling, UI Updates, and More

07 February, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • PS4 Firmware Update 5.50’s New Features Revealed

The new system software will introduce supersampling for Ps4 Pro, play time management, library UI improvements and more. This feature allows family managers set as guardians over a child's account to manage when and for how long the kids can play. 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.

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

Go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

As of update 5.50, players will also be able to use custom wallpapers through the use of USB.

Other features coming along with this update include enhancements to the Quick Menu, notifications, and new customization options for Tournaments team pages.

Several new tabs will be added to the PS4 Library to make it easier for users to see installed and purchased apps. 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. Through it, you're also able to search for games you own but don't now have installed. A new PS Plus tab will show all the games you've received for free as a member. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to your game so you'll know you can not play the game until you've re-subscribed.

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Read on for the full list of changes, which are now being experienced by closed trial testers, and will soon be made available to all PS4 owners. In 'Options, ' you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won't be going back to. If your subscription has lapsed, games on the system will be shown with a lock icon on top of the PS Plus logo.

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

However, if you aren't already signed up for the PS4 5.50 beta test, you won't be able to see these beta features until release. From the Notifications menu just hit Triangle or the Options button to open the appropriate dialog.

Listening to music on the PS4 will now feature Quick Menu shortcuts. Xbox One added play limits previous year with the Creators Update, and the Xbox One X hardware has been able to supersample games since last November.

PS4 Pro owners will receive a "supersampling mode" which will enable those with HDTVs (1080p or less) to experience enhanced visuals in PS4 games. This process involves a game being rendered at a higher resolution (up to 4K, in the case of certain PS4 games) and then downscaled to your display's resolution, thereby providing greater clarity. "Please note performance will vary, as games are optimized differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro".

There's a few other little things that will be coming in update 5.50, which you can check out at the PlayStation Blog right here.

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