PS4 5.50 Update Makes Organizing Games Easier, Adds New PS4 Pro Functionality

by Fredrick Graves February 7, 2018, 1:07
PS4 5.50 Update Makes Organizing Games Easier, Adds New PS4 Pro Functionality

This includes play time management, enhancements to its library user interface and quick menu, updates to notifications, the ability to load custom background images from a USB drive, and supersampling mode for the PS4 Pro.

Another useful feature is Play Time Management, which lets parents and guardians set time limits on how long children can play for. All the while, notifications will be sent to the child accounts during play so they know when to save and quit. Apart from setting this to check on their kid's playtime, 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. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look flawless on your dashboard. This is accomplished via a new USB storage device option on the Themes area of the Settings menu.

And, at long last, update 5.50 will also allow players to set custom wallpapers as their home screen. The first lists all games and apps installed on your PS4, and you can check everything you own by clicking on the tab showing your PSN ID. Games will soon be broken down via what is now installed on the system - labeled as "This PS4" in the library - and all of the items associated with your account via an option labeled with your name and avatar. There will be a PS Plus tab in your library, so you can see what games you own from the PS Plus' Monthly Free Games.

Hide apps: This feature is great for clearing up the clutter in your "Purchased" tab in the Library. So, you can hide betas, trials or demos you may not go back to.

Sony added a pulldown menu under the Friends tab in the Quick menu that allows you to see which of your friends are online.

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Other improvements include further options for the PlayStation 4 Quick Menu, including volume controls for music and some friends list changes. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act as the shortcut for volume control.

With this new feature, users can listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games on PS Now.

The changes coming with the PS4 5.50 update affect the system across the board. The most notable addition though, is supersampling with the PS4 Pro - this allows those using HDTVs to get a better visual experience when playing PS4 games, according to Sony.

Sony adds: "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".

"Please note performance will vary, as games are optimised differently to take advantage of the power of the PS4 Pro".

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