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PS4 News       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date Feb 6, 2018 at 10:33 AM       18,718       24      
Since the 5.50 PS4 Beta Signups we've seen hints of PS4 Firmware 5.50 slip out including PS4 Pro Supersampling, and today Sony has unveiled what else is coming in the PS4 System Software 5.50 Update codenamed KEIJI including Play Time Management, custom wallpapers via USB, enhancements to notifications and the Quick Menu with more details below! :D

To quote from Sony PlayStation Marketing VP Mary Yee on what to expect:

The beta for the PlayStation 4 system’s next major system software update 5.50 (codenamed KEIJI) rolls out today. If you signed up and were selected for the beta program, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download and get started.

Even if you are not in the beta program, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of features you can expect in this update. In 5.50, we’re introducing Play Time Management, Library UI updates, further enhancements to the Quick Menu, and much more.

Play Time Management

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. Managing Playtime is easy; go to Settings > Family Management on your PS4, or log into your PlayStation account on your web browser from your PC or smartphone, to check and manage your child’s playtime each day. If needed, the family manager/guardians can apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours.

Notifications on PS4 will be sent to the child during gameplay so that he or she knows when they should save and quit. The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC. 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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Library UI Updates - ‘This PS4’ and Name/Avatar tab

Two new tabs are being added to Library to make it easier for you to see which apps you’ve installed and purchased. The ‘This PS4’ tab lists all the applications that are installed on the PS4 system, and the tab with your name/avatar lists all the apps that you purchased with your PSN ID. This feature also makes it easy to search and find games you’ve already purchased but have not yet installed.

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PS Plus tab

This update also adds a new PS Plus tab to the Library, which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to your game so you’ll know you cannot play the game until you’ve re-subscribed.

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Hide apps

We’re adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the ‘Purchased’ tab in the Library. In ‘Options,’ you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won’t be going back to.

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Quick Menu Enhancements

If you ever want to quickly access specific friends in your custom list, you’ll be able to do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. You can also see who’s currently online.

Whenever you’re listening to music on PS4, you’ll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. If you’re using Spotify on PlayStation Music, the ‘square’ button will serve as the shortcut for volume control. And when you’re on the Media Player or the USB Music Player, ‘triangle’ will work as the shortcut for play or pause, and the ‘square’ button as the volume control.

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Background Music on PS Now

With Background Music on PlayStation Now, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Just keep in mind that, similar to when playing a game locally on PS4, background music may not always be available.

Notifications Update

This update will give you the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management. Just go to Notifications and press the ‘triangle’ or ‘Options’ button to open up a menu that will allow you to select a single or multiple notifications you’d like to delete.

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Import Custom Wallpapers via USB

Love customizing your PS4 Home Screen? Well, this new update will give you even more options. You can import your own images to PS4 from a USB stick and set it as your wallpaper. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look perfect on your dashboard. Just go to Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device.

Customize Tournaments Team Pages

Following the 5.50 update, you’ll be able to customize your Tournaments team page with your own team logo or background that you can import from a USB stick. Represent your team by customizing your team page with something unique and original! To set your logo and background, head over to Events > Teams > select your team > Edit Team Profile.

Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro

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, 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.

Certain games already have ‘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. Because PS4 Pro’s added power and modes benefit different games in different ways, please note that certain games’ image clarity may not improve with this new feature.

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nokodemus

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Looking forward especially to the supersampling improvements and how they will make content look like ... probably it's time to add a PS4 Pro to the console family.

And of course, as always, thank you very much for summarizing the news to the most essential bits (y)
 

bjorno

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The import wallpaper looks cool, but they probably cannot have a theme as customized as the people on 4.05. Would be cool if they could allow us to hide anything we want from the dashboard and not only the paid apps.
 

NeoGeoX

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finally a firmware that also adds new function otherwise it was only ever small bug fixes stability improvements.

i hope the final release cooming soon
 

AeonLewis

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I'm interested to get a PS4 Pro to replace my OG PS4, but I'm still using 1080p TV and I have no plan to upgrade to 4K at the moment.

The main reason for me to want to get the PS4 Pro is because I want the Boost Mode feature for a more stable frame rate. The new 5.50 Supersampling feature is nice, but not in my top priority.

For those who own the PS4 Pro, do you mainly play on 4K TV or still on 1080p TV? Do you notice a more stable frame rate / smoother gameplay?

I'm wondering is the improvement even noticeable during real world usage. I appreciate if someone can share their experience with me. Thank you.
 

NanoVoid

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The best feature (imo) is the custom wallpaper via USB.
Just like with Apple and iOS: Why is something like that not a 1.0 feature?

About the supersampling: I really like that Sony is adding features to make the PS4 Pro more useful for games, where the Devs do not optimize (anymore). Just like with the boost-functionality of OFW4.50.
 
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