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

Jo Lloyd
February 7, 2018

Along with the time management feature, Sony is introducing some design improvements for the Library section. Under the Family Management tab in the settings menu, users will be able to check and manage their play time or apply restrictions that limit daily gaming to a certain length of time. The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC. The kid will get notifications, so they know how long they have to save their game before playtime is over.

The "This PS4" tab lists every app now installed on the PS4. 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. This will make it even more easier for you to find the games and apps that you have already downloaded. More than that, some PS Now games will let you listen to your own tunes while streaming a classic title from Sony's servers. If one's PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus.

We're adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the "Purchased" tab in the Library.

The Quick Menu is being made, well, more quick to navigate in update 5.5 with the ability to access custom friends lists.

Update 5.50 will include various enhancements to the Quick Menu. You can also now manually delete notifications.

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. Square serves as volume control. Background music may occasionally be unavailable, similar to when playing a game locally on the PS4. You can also now permanently remove old notifications from the PS4 as well. This is another feature that's useful for gamers who don't want so much clutter on their PS4.

As of update 5.50, players will also be able to use custom wallpapers through the use of USB.

This includes the ability to import images via USB and then modify pictures to get the ideal look.

Customize Tournaments Team Pages: It will now be possible to customize one's Tournaments team page with a team logo or background imported from a USB stick.

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

Among the biggest new features is Supersampling on PS4 Pro, which is ideal if you don't own a 4K TV. A number of Pro-enabled games already have supersampling built-in, while this update extends the option to all games. Sony did not specify when the full release of firmware 5.50 would roll out to all users. This is meant to let you know you can re-subscribe to regain access to the game in question.

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