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Sony’s massive PS4 software update rids us of a hugely annoying feature

The next major system software update for Sony PS4 and PS4 Pro is rolling out to beta testers from today.

The 5.00 update (codenamed NOBUNAGA) is headlined by the launch of 1080p/60fps streaming on Twitch.

However, for everyday PS4 users, the ability to block pop-up notifications when playing video is long overdue.

The tweak will spare PS4 owners from alerts popping up in the middle of an intense Netflix episode, for example.

Related: Upcoming PS4 games

In a post on the PlayStation blog, Sony says: “We’ve added a new setting that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you’re watching a movie or TV show on your PS4.”

“This setting is off by default, so go to Settings > Notifications to disable notifications and go uninterrupted during your videos.”

PS4 Notifications

Elsewhere, Sony is making PlayStation Network family settings more flexible. This means two adults can act as Parent/Guardian and both will have access to the parental controls of individual children.

Game age ratings can be individually attuned to each child’s account.

There’s also the opportunity to add Custom Lists within the Friends settings. So, if you want to create a list for the folks you play Overwatch with, now you can.

Quick Menu and more

Sony is also boosting the Quick Menu, bringing easy access to all notifications. This means you won’t have to exit your game every time you want to check on the progress of a download for example.

PS4 Quick menu

There are also improvements to Communities, PlayStation VR comments and Messages. Finally, there’s an improved bracket viewer for tournaments and new language additions.

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