Sony PS4 system update 5.50 is rolling out – here are the best features

Sony’s next major PlayStation 4 system update is currently rolling out to selected gamers in the firm’s beta program.

System Update 5.50, detailed on the PlayStation blog, introduces a host of new features, improvements and enhancements.

The signature feature is Play Time Management, which is designed to give adult family members more control over how long kids are active on the PlayStation Network.

The family manager/guardian can log into the account and set the playable hours. The kid will get notifications, so they know how long they have to save their game before playtime is over.

The firm writes: “The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC,” Sony says. “In addition, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over.”

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PS4 Playtime mode

For PS4 Pro gamers, the firm is adding a new ‘supersampling’ mode, which boosts the visuals for gamers still operating on 1080p TVs.

Sony adds: “With supersampling mode, games that render to a higher resolution when connected to a 4K TV will downscale to match the HDTV – allowing PS4 Pro owners to leverage the benefits of an image clarity boost even if they don’t own a 4K TV.”

Sony is also updating the Library UI to include a ‘This PS4’ tab, which shows all of the applications installed on the console. This section also shows games that have been purchased, but not downloaded.

This PS4 Tab

The Library also includes a PS Plus tab, which shows your available games. If your membership has expired, you’ll see a lock next to it, until you’ve resubscribed.

The firm is also letting gamers hide apps, betas, trials and all that good stuff from the library.

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

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.

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