PS4 Firmware 5.50 Features Detailed

REUTERS  Kim Kyung HoonSony's Play Station 4 Play Station 4 Pro and Play Station VR headset are displayed at Tokyo Game Show 2016

As above, if you did not sign up for the beta, it's unclear when you will get this update.

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.

Pocket-lint has had a chance to play with the PS4 system software 5.50 beta and, among other features, it includes the option to restrict play time for children.

The Quick Menu offers easy access to settings while you're playing, and the 5.50 update brings a couple of helpful-looking enhancements.

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Play Time Management is a new feature that allows you to set daily time limits for play for certain users, as well as choose which timeframe during the day they can play. Control can be done from the console, or from a web browser to adjust settings, and check your child's playtime each day.

For players who want to personalize their PS4 Home Screen, the upcoming update will allow them to import custom wallpapers via USB. Note that the picture files on a USB stick need to be located in a folder named "IMAGES" for the PS4 to recognize them. To access this option, users need to go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device. Other things that can also be customized with these images include the Tournaments team page. To set your logo and background, head over to Events Teams select your team Edit Team Profile. 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. Microsoft already has a supersampling feature for its Xbox One X.

Additionally, Sony is adding a "This PS4" tab that lists all your apps that are installed on your PS4, and a "PS Plus" tab that clarifies which games you own from the PS Plus Monthly Free Games service. Players will immediately know whether a game is playable on the VR due to the term "PS VR" appearing below the title.

A new software update is coming to the PS4 console.

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The update also includes enhancements to the interface, letting users quickly message or invite friends, change volume, and more from the newly revamped Quick Menu. Frustratingly, those clutter up the listings and make it hard to find the games you're actually playing now.

Another Quick Menu modification will allow users to listen to music on their PS4 using new shortcuts. Any of the two will open a menu that lists the options to delete a single notification or multiple notifications.

For PS4 Pro users, Sony is including a new supersampling mode that will allow HDTVs with 1080p or less resolution to enjoy the enhanced visual experience when they are playing PS4 games. This process involves a game being rendered at a higher resolution (up to 4K, in the case of certain PS4 games) and then downscaled to your display's resolution, thereby providing greater clarity. That said, Sony warns that performance may vary with this, as various games are optimized differently.

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