This is Mack, for Pixel Enemy, here to talk about the improvements coming with the PS4 5.50 system software update. Following some leaked screenshots, which teased a few cool new features, Sony has now revealed everything.
So, as we wait for the 5.50 update to roll out to PS4 systems worldwide, let’s pass the time by pointing out which features we’re most hyped for. These are the five best PS4 5.50 update features.
1 – Hide Apps & Delete Notifications
Let’s start with a simple one. It’s been over four years now since the PS4 first launched, and over that time I’ve played many, many games, and taken part in many different alpha and beta tests. These are all still stored in the “Purchased” library tab.
This means that when I want to reinstall one of my games, I have to wade through betas, trials, and demos which I’ll likely never play again.
Happily, we’ll soon be able to hide those never-to-be-used again apps.
Notifications can also pile up, making a mess of your menus. Soon we’ll be able to delete those, too.
2 – Import Custom Wallpapers via USB
Once 5.50 drops, there will be more options for customizing the PS4 home screen. Users will be able to import images from a USB stick, before then zooming and cropping to find the perfect background. This has been requested from players time and time again, so I’m glad to finally see it being supported!
3 – Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro
Most exciting for me, and for anyone else rocking a PS4 Pro, is the Supersampling Mode. This will let 1080p (or less) TVs output an “enhanced visual experience.”
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.
Some select titles already do this, but this mode will act as a boost for all games.
4 – Quick Menu Enhancements
After finally taking the time to properly figure out how to use the Quick Menu to navigate options without leaving my game, I now love the feature.
With 5.50 the Quick Menu is getting additional functionality. Specific friends can be quickly accessed, and improved music shortcuts will help you play, pause and adjust the volume.
It’s a minor improvement to what I now consider a major feature.
5 – Play Time Management
I don’t have kids, but if I did, I’d be very happy to hear about the new Play Time Management system. With this, you can check and manage your child’s daily playtime. This can be accessed on a PC or smartphone, and you can add or take away set amounts of time.
Use it as a punishment or as a reward, or make sure your child is only playing during playable hours. Notifications will pop up to let the child know when they are running out of time, so that they can save and quit.
This should be great for parents, and those with a gaming-addicted significant other.
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