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PS4's next firmware update helps users clean up the clutter

PS4's next firmware update helps users clean up the clutter”

At the end of January, Sony Interactive Entertainment opened beta sign ups for the PS4's next firmware upgrade, Update 5.50, which will give some fans the chance to test out the new features on the way for the system. Some of the big features coming in the software update include Play Time Management, Library UI updates, enhancements to Quick menu, and more.

Play Time Management allows adults that have guardian privileges on the system to set time limits on how long children can play the console. Children will be sent notifications throughout their play with regards to how much time they have left so that they can save and quit in time. "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". There's also a section where you can see which games you only "own" through PlayStation Plus.

Several new tabs will be added to the PS4 Library to make it easier for users to see installed and purchased apps. 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.

Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro: This feature will no doubt be the one to get PS4 users the most excited. Once the software goes live for everyone, you'll finally be able to change your PS4 wallpaper to an image from a USB stick, and do the same to customize a tournament or Team page. You can import images from a USB device, and you'll even be able to make adjustments like crop, zoom and so on to fit the dashboard.

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Supersampling Mode adds an option that can be toggled in Settings that allows owners of 1080p TVs, or lower, to get a sharper image in some games.

Another section of the library allows you to see what games you now own through PlayStation Plus, keeping in mind that you'll lose access to said games should your subscription lapse.

The PS Plus tab will show every game that users own from PS Plus' Monthly Free Games. Now players can view their friends (and who is already online) in the Quick Menu.

The pulldown menu's "Friends" tab will feature quick access to specific friends that are featured in your custom list. Here's how Sony describes the situation on PS4 Pro: "Certain games already have the "supersampling" benefits as part of their "PS4 Pro Enhanced" feature set, but this new mode can enhance the experience for those games that don't already have the feature". Music controls for Spotify, the media player and USB music player apps are all coming to the main menu. 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. "Please note performance will vary, as games are optimized differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro". You can also now permanently remove old notifications from the PS4 as well.



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