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PS4 PS4 System Software 5.50 beta out today, key features revealed

Discussion in 'PlayStation Hardware & Other Games' started by Martok, 6 Feb 2018.

  1. Martok

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    Custom Wallpaper via USB, Play Time Management, library enhancements and more are coming to PS4

    The beta for the PlayStation 4 systems next major system software update 5.50 (codenamed KEIJI) starts 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.

    Whether you’re taking part in the beta programme or not, we wanted to give you a first look at some of the features you can expect in this update. In 5.50, we’re introducing Play Time Management, Library plus Quick Menu updates and much more.


    Play Time Management
    In system software update 5.00 we introduced a range of parental control enhancements. These allowed assigned Family Managers to easily control what each individual child plays, watches and views online.

    Play Time Management builds on this, giving Family Managers (and adult family members who are set as guardian), the ability to set limits on when and for how long each individual child can play for. Managing Playtime is easy; go to Settings > Family Management on your PS4, or sign in to PlayStation Network account as a family manager or guardian on your web browser from your PC or smartphone, to check and manage your child’s playtime each day.

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    Notifications will be sent to children during gameplay so that they know when they should save and quit. The family managers/guardians can also set the PS4 to log out once the playtime session is over, and increase or decrease game time on the go, via the web portal.

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    Import custom wallpapers via USB
    By popular demand, you can now import your own images via USB stick to use as custom wallpapers on PS4. Once imported, you can even zoom, crop and preview them in-situ to help get the perfect look on your dashboard. Note that the picture files on a USB stick need to be located in a folder named “IMAGES” for the PS4 to recognize them. Just go to Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device.

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

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    Library UI improvements

    • This PS4’ and Name/Avatar tab
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    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.

    • PS Plus tab
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    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 know which games you can play if you re-subscribe.

    • Hide apps
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    As requested, 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 may not be going back to.


    Quick Menu enhancements
    With the launch of 5.50, you’ll be able to access custom friends’ lists directly from the Quick Menu. This will make it easier to see who’s online, and then send them messages or invitations – especially when you’re in the middle of game.

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    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.


    Notifications update
    Users will be able to permanently remove old notifications from their PS4 – for better organisation 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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    Background music on PlayStation Now
    With Background Music on PS Now, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Just be aware, similar to when playing a game on disc or via digital download on PS4, background music may not always be available.


    Supersampling mode on PS4 Pro
    PS4 Pro users taking part in the beta 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. Please note performance will vary, as games are optimised differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro.

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    Let us know which features you’re most excited about, and remember it’s not too late to join the beta. You can still sign up here for a chance to participate.

    Stay tuned for further details about more features and improvements are coming with system software update 5.50.

    Source: PS4 System Software 5.50 beta out today, key features revealed
     
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  2. Plaxinator

    Plaxinator Wino extraordinaire
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    I got sent an email inviting me to join this, but when I tried to get my beta key it said the beta trial was full :cry:
     
  3. Pernarcale

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    I'm currently testing it. No issues so far and I like the changes to the quick menu.
     
  4. Grooooog

    Grooooog Semi-Regular Gamer
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    Unfortunately I wasn't selected for that one. Some nice features.
     
  5. Pafkes

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    I received 2 extra codes for friends to beta-test system software 5.50. anyone?

    *20 min later
    1 left,

    early birds are winning today ;)
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  6. Grooooog

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    @Pafkes
    Sure, I'd love to if you want to share one.
     
  7. Pafkes

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    got you
     
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  8. Grooooog

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    Thank you very much.

    Btw, how did you get it? Did you apply somewhere? Got my last code from Martok.
     
  9. Pafkes

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    I just signed up long time ago, responding to a mail from Playstation. I got a mail today with the codes.
     
  10. Grooooog

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    Thanks Pafkes, found the link in Martok s Post and signed up. Let's see.
     
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  11. Grooooog

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    Can someone who got the invite please share the link to the beta forums where you can report bugs?
     
  12. Pafkes

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  13. Grooooog

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    Thanks a lot Pafkes, needed to report my first bug :)
     
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  14. Martok

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    Everything you need to know about PS4 system software update 5.50, launching today
    Custom wallpapers, play time management, Quick Menu enhancements and more

    Some of you may have already got hands on with the system software 5.50 update for PlayStation 4 via the recent beta. A huge thanks to all those who have taken part and helped us fine-tune the new features and improvements. The update rolls out today and to give you a closer look at some of the key features, including a few new additions, take a look at what you’ll be enjoying from today.


    Custom wallpapers from USB
    One major feature that was included with the 5.50 update beta trial was the ability to customise the PS4 home screen with your own images from a USB stick.

    To get started, save your pictures into a folder named “IMAGES” on your USB stick. Ensure this folder is at the top of the USB directory, i.e. not saved within another folder. Note the max image resolution is 1920×1080 for PS4 and 3840×2160 for PS4 Pro.

    Then with the USB stick connected to your PS4, select Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device. Once your image is selected you can zoom and crop it, all while seeing in real time how it looks on the home screen.

    You can also customise the thumbnail of group message threads with images taken from USB. Select Messages > Select Message > Group Settings >Image> Change Image> USB Storage Device




    Play Time Management
    Another major update is Play Time Management. This feature gives Family Managers (and adult family members set as Guardians), the ability to control when and for how long each individual child can play for. Playtime can even be set to vary depending on the day of the week, for example you could allow your child to play for two hours between 4-7pm during the week and then for 4 hours between 8am-8pm on the weekend.

    This joins a long list of parental management features already available, including the ability to individually set what each child in your family on PlayStation Network (PSN) plays, watches and accesses online. All these features can be accessed on your PS4 via Settings > Family Management.

    What’s more, you can also monitor and change these settings on the go from your PC or Smartphone via the PSN account web portal – giving parents greater flexibility and peace of mind.



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    Library improvements
    New tabs and filters are also being added to the Library, to make it easier to organise and find content.

    New “This PS4” and “Name/Avatar” tabs allow you to split content between everything you own and what’s currently installed on your PS4.

    There is now a dedicated PS Plus tab too showing all Monthly Free Games you have access to, along with the ability to hide certain apps under the “Purchased” tab – such as old trials or demos of games.




    Quick Menu enhancements
    The Quick Menu is also getting some UI enhancements. You’ll shortly be able to access the custom friends drop down list directly from it, making it easier to see who’s online and send them messages or invitations.

    Furthermore, if you’re using Spotify on PlayStation Music, the ‘square’ button will now 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.

    Notification management
    You can now permanently remove old notifications from your PS4 – to help you keep on top of game invites, status of downloads etc. 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.

    Tournament page improvements
    In addition to being able to import your pictures from USB to use as your Team Logo or tournament page background, some further UI improvements are coming too. For example, with 5.50 you can now schedule events directly from the tournament page, and more easily filter between Team vs Team and 1v1 events.

    As a reminder to set your tournament team logo and background, head over to Events > Teams > select your team > Edit Team Profile.PS VR Support Icon


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    PS VR Support Icon
    Never miss out on an opportunity to augment your experience with PlayStation VR. After this update, a PS VR icon will be shown next to all content on your dashboard and library which support the headset.



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    Supersampling Mode for PS4 Pro
    The system level optional mode gives more control to the player, helping them further benefit from the power of PS4 Pro, even if they don’t have a 4K TV.

    Once enabled, all games output at a higher resolution, which for many PS4 Pro enhanced titles is above 1080p, and up to 2160p. Then, with up to 4x the amount of visual and colour information to work with, the PS4 Pro is able to deliver a more refined image when downscaling to HD.

    As a result some games will receive a clarity boost, feature sharper details and benefit from a reduction in jagged edges on objects. Performance will vary by title, as games are optimised differently for PS4 Pro.

    To enable supersampling select Settings > Sound and Screen > Video Output Settings > Supersampling Mode.



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    We’re really looking forward to everyone getting stuck in to the new features, and are keen to hear your feedback in the comments below.

    Source: Everything you need to know about PS4 system software update 5.50, launching today
     
  15. Martok

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  16. Grooooog

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    Hope they fixed the issues with Supersampling and PSVR.
    Also I am missing some statistics on how much time you spent playing individual games, although I thought I read that in the patchnotes.
     
  17. mick

    mick Even More Grumpy Grandad
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    They missed out "After almost 5 years we are still saying F*** You to all of those people who would like to change there PSN I'd"
     
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  18. Grooooog

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    It's the same excuse they have for not participating in cross play between consoles: They want to protect their customers.

    What if bad guys could just change their name and continue with their world domination plans?
    What about the bad guys on the other systems? They could bring you to tears when a Switch gamer finds out you are on a PS4?
    Oh wait, Microsoft allows it, even Nintento.
     
  19. Grooooog

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    On a related note. No, they didn't fix Supersampling with The Assembly VR.
     
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