What To Expect From The PS4 5.50 Update

The new system software will introduce supersampling for Ps4 Pro, play time management, library UI improvements and more. Gamers who are registered for the beta program will receive an email that tells them how to download the new software and get started with the update. Sony dives right in by previewing new tools that will allow accounts designated as family managers to set restrictions on PS4 playtime for child accounts. Notifications will be sent to the player about the impending cut off allowing them to find a place to save, but there's also the option for an immediate sign out as well.

If you are getting swarmed with bought as well as earned games from PS Plus, the PS4 Update 5.50 has you covered. To access this feature, go to Settings Family Management on your PS4. This allows you to track time played and set daily time limits, even from a PC or smartphone.

Additionally, the PS4's library UI will see a number of much-needed updates, including two new tabs "to make it easier for you to see which apps you've installed and purchased".

The update also brings with it a PS Plus tab that let you see at a glance what games are in the Monthly Free Games Library.

Meanwhile, updates to the Quick Menu promise to help you more quickly access specific friends and control your music. If the game is no longer accessible because your PSN subscription lapses, a PS Plus symbol will appear on the game with a lock to note that the game is no longer accessible. This app will come with several audio EQ presets, which emphasize certain ranges of sound depending on what type of game you're playing. You'll also be able to customize your PS4 Home Screen with custom wallpapers imported from a USB stick.

This includes the ability to import images via USB and then modify pictures to get the ideal look. Simply head to Settings Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

The changes coming with the PS4 5.50 update affect the system across the board. Here's how Sony describes the situation on PS4 Pro: "Certain games already have the "supersampling" benefits as part of their "PS4 Pro Enhanced" feature set, but this new mode can enhance the experience for those games that don't already have the feature".

Among the biggest new features is Supersampling on PS4 Pro, which is ideal if you don't own a 4K TV. "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", wrote SIEA Vice President of PlayStation Marketing Mary Yee on the Official PlayStation Blog.

Let us know which features you're most excited about, and remember it's not too late to join the beta.

  • Joey Payne