With a new firmware update, you generally get some new bells, whistles and features to (hopefully) improve your experience. This includes setting play time for different children who use the console, or monitor their recent use on the machine.
We're introducing Play Time Management, which will allow family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) to manage PS4 playtime for child family members on family on PSN.
A notification will be sent during gameplay when the duration is closing to its end. The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC. In addition, players can now choose to hide apps in the Purchased tab. The first one is "This PS4 tab" which lists all the applications that are installed on your PS4. This will make it easy to look for purchased but not yet installed games.
This tab helps to identify which PS Plus monthly free games do you own. What's more, you can hide purchased apps like betas and demos, so that they don't clutter up your Library.
Other features in this patch include new Quick Menu improvements (shortcut buttons for volume and Pause/Play when listening to music, faster access to individual friends) and customization options for team pages in Tournaments.
- And if you stream games via PlayStation Now, you'll be able to play your own background music, just like you would with locally downloaded games.
- Along the lines of the library management tweaks above, you can also delete old notifications in v5.50.
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Users of the PS4 Pro will now see a new option under the settings menu labelled "supersampling mode".
Finally, users can now upload their own custom wallpapers via USB, as well as zoom, crop and preview those images before committing. Perhaps best of all, you can now import custom wallpapers via USB, with the option to zoom and crop images for the flawless dashboard.
The option to fully customize your team's tournament page will be available. To set your logo and background, head over to Events Teams select your team Edit Team Profile.
PS4 Pro users will see a new "supersampling mode" under Settings, which enables those with HDTVs (i.e., 1080p or less) to enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games.
With supersampling mode, some games will render at a higher resolution and then be downscaled to match the HDTV - allowing PS4 Pro owners to leverage the benefits of an image clarity boost even if their PS4 Pro is not connected to a 4K TV.
This feature is something Xbox One X has had since its launch, and now its great to see that Sony has also closed the gap between the two consoles with the addition of this feature.
A feature has been added to allow features to clean up their display by being able to remove tabs either not wanted or rarely used.