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PlayStation 4 firmware 5.50 beta released: Here's what's inside

07 February 2018
PlayStation 4 firmware 5.50 beta released: Here's what's inside

Do you like the new features? The update, codenamed KEIJI, mostly focuses on improved user experience features and a new Play Time Management features.

There's no word as to when system update 5.50 will leave beta and go live for all PlayStation 4 owners. From here, you can check and manage your child's playtime.

Playtime management will introduce parental controls allowing any family member set as a guardian to limit play time for children (or other family members who aren't set as guardians ). In addition to that, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over.

By popular demand, you can now import your own images via USB stick to use as custom wallpapers on PS4. You'll be able to zoom and crop to make sure you get the right background for you.

From the dashboard go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device. To set the logo and background, head to Events Teams select your team Edit Team Profile. One of the sections allows you to see everything you've purchased on your account, while the other shows only what's now installed on your console. This should make it easier to search games you've bought but haven't installed.

A third PlayStation Plus tab will also be added to the Library to help you keep track of which of the free monthly games you've downloaded.

The child will get a notification before the period ends to allow them to save. Additionally, a new option will allow you to hide "certain" items from the Purchased list, such as demos, trials, and betas.

The pulldown menu's "Friends" tab will feature quick access to specific friends that are featured in your custom list. If your membership has expired, you'll see a lock next to it, until you've resubscribed. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act 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.

This is a long-awaited improvement: you can now permanently remove old notifications from your PS4.

The changes coming with the PS4 5.50 update affect the system across the board. PS4 Pro users also get a new "supersampling mode" under settings to deliver better visuals for TVs with a 1080p resolution or less. 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". This is the type of content most users will not return to, so it's nice to know they don't ever have to see them in their Library. You can still sign up here for a chance to participate.

The PlayStation Blog has posted details of the features found in the beta test of the 5.50 firmware upgrade.