PS4 Update 5.50 Beta Brings Parental Controls To Limit Kids' Playtime

Sony Announces All The New Features Coming To PS4 System Update 5.50

Upcoming Update Features PS4 Supersampling Mode

This new feature will come under the console's parental controls and will allow Family Manager profiles to set limits on when their children can play and how long they're able to do so.

The family manager/guardian can log into the account and set the playable hours. "Notifications will be sent to children during gameplay so that they know when they should save and quit", the blog post reads.

Play Time Management is a new feature that allows guardians and family members to manage PS4 playtime for their child.

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Setting custom wallpapers on PS4 used to require all kinds of hacks and workarounds. Once imported, you can even zoom, crop and preview them in-situ to help get the ideal look on your dashboard.

Go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device.

Meanwhile, the update lets you import your own images via USB stick to use as custom wallpapers. The PS4 tab will show you all of the games and apps installed on the PlayStation, while the PSN ID tab will show you all of the content purchased by that individual user. One of the sections allows you to see everything you've purchased on your account, while the other shows only what's now installed on your console. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to your game so you know which games you can play if you re-subscribe.

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Following on from this, there's a new function that lets you hide certain apps under the purchased tab in the Library. And if you were looking for custom audio loadouts, according to Sony, you'll be able to do this easily through the Headset Companion App. This feature makes it easier to see what games have been purchased but not installed. They can do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. Music controls for Spotify, the media player and USB music player apps are coming to the quick menu. It lets you go take PS4 games online, but it also gives subscribers free games each month.

Other tweaks include the ability to listen to favorite tracks while streaming on PlayStation Now, while notification updates allows you to delete old notifications. Background music may occasionally be unavailable, similar to when playing a game locally on the PS4. The new firmware will introduce several changes and conveniences in the user interface plus a supersampling mode for PlayStation 4 Pro that accommodates those who don't have a TV supporting 4K resolution. "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".

Finally, Sony details the supersampling mode coming for PlayStation 4 Pro owners.

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