Sony has officially released the 5.50 version of the PS4 system firmware. This latest version of the console’s OS comes packed with a few new features. Here’s a rundown of all the main new features:
- As a family manager, parent, or guardian, you can now monitor your child’s time played (the amount of time they’ve spent logged in to the PS4™) and set restrictions accordingly. To manage play time settings for each child, select (Settings) > [Parental Controls/Family Management] > [Family Management].
- You can view your child’s total time played for the day.
- You can limit how long your child plays per day, and set playable hours to prevent play late at night or other unwanted times. Restrictions can be set for each day of the week.
- When the set play time ends, a pop-up notification appears repeatedly on the screen to let your child know that they’re out of play time. If you choose, the PS4™ can automatically log your child out when play time ends.
- You can also extend or shorten your child’s play time on the day they play.
- You can view and manage your child’s play time anytime from your PC or smartphone using the (PlayStation App) or by visiting this website.
- The following features have been added to (Library).
- [PlayStation Plus] will now appear if you were ever a PlayStation®Plus subscriber. You can keep track of all your free PS Plus games.
- You can now hide games and applications you no longer need from [Purchased]. Highlight a game or application, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Do Not Show Content Item in [Purchased].
Here are the minor updates and improvements:
- Supersampling Mode] has been added to (Settings) > [Sound and Screen] > [Video Output Settings]. Enable this mode to improve image quality in some games when your PlayStation®4 Pro is connected to a TV with 2K resolution or lower. This setting is available only on PlayStation®4 Pro.
- You can now customize logos and backgrounds with your favorite images. On the image selection screen, select image files from a USB storage device. Customize any of the following.
- Team logo
- Team cover image
- Background image for the home screen
- Image for the message group
- On the quick menu, (Online Friends) has been changed to (Friends). From here, you can view online Friends and custom lists.
- Music playback functions on the quick menu have been improved.
- You can now create events from the team profile screen. On the screen, select [Events] > [Create Event for This Team].
- Easily find games that can be played on PlayStation®VR from the home screen or (Library). (PS VR) appears next to supported games.
- You can now delete notifications. Select (Notifications) to display the notifications list, press the OPTIONS button, and then select [Delete].
- You can now choose who can view the list of players you follow and who can view the list of your followers separately. Select (Settings) > [Account Management] > [Privacy Settings] > [Friends | Connections].