PS4’s System Software 5.00 Beta Rolls Out Today, Key Features Detailed

351 5
PS4’s System Software 5.00 Beta Rolls Out Today, Key Features Detailed

An overhauled family management system, 1080p60 broadcasting with PS4 Pro, and various other enhancements headline the new update.

5 Author Replies

The beta for the PlayStation 4 system’s next major system software update 5.00 (codenamed NOBUNAGA) rolls out today for those of you that were selected for the beta program. If you signed up and were chosen, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download and get started.

Whether you’re in the beta program or not, we wanted to give a first look at the features included in this update. We’re introducing family on PSN, making it easier to manage your friends, and adding a variety of new features for Broadcast, Notifications, Messages, and much more.

Family on PSN

We’re overhauling the current master/sub-account system, and introducing the new “Family on PlayStation Network.” This new system will offer a more flexible experience for families on PS4 by making it easier to setup PSN accounts for children and customize parental control settings. Below are the new features that will be introduced with family on PSN:

Family Manager, Parent/Guardian

Family on PSN will allow multiple adults to be part of a single family. The Family Manager can promote another adult inside the family to a Parent/Guardian, who can then customize parental control levels of children’s accounts.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Individualized Parental Controls

Before this update, the same parental controls were applied to all users on the same console, including adults. But with 5.00, all controls (including game age ratings) can be individually attuned for each child.

Friend List Management

In place of the current ‘Favorite Groups’ tab, we’re adding a new ‘Custom Lists’ tab within Friends, which allows you to create and edit custom lists of your friends. This makes it easier for you to manage your friends and access specific groups. For example, you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Broadcast feature updates


If you own a community, you can now bind your community to your broadcast. When a broadcast is linked to a community, the community button appears on the Live from PlayStation spectator screen. Once a spectator clicks on the community button, they’ll be able to jump directly to your community page to check out the details.

PlayStation VR

We’ve added a new setting in PlayStation VR: Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast is displayed not only in cinematic mode, but also in VR mode. This makes it much easier for VR broadcasters to keep up on comments and communicate with their viewers.

PlayStation 4 Pro

Good news Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.

Messages Improvements

You’ve already been able to share your favorite music to Twitter and Facebook via PlayStation Music, but now you’ll also be able to share via messages using your PS4. If your friends are on PS4, they can listen to the track right inside the message by booting up Quick Menu, and if they’re on their mobile device, they can jump directly to the Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song.

In addition, if you’re part of multiple message groups, you can now easily leave several groups at once. Just open up Options in the message list, select Leave, and choose the message groups you want to leave.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Notifications Updates

We’ve added a new setting that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you’re watching a movie or TV show on your PS4. This setting is off by default, so go to Settings > Notifications to disable notifications and go uninterrupted during your videos.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Furthermore, you now have the option to turn off message previews on your pop-up notifications. If you turn this setting off, the pop-up notification will hide the message senders’ online ID and will display a generic user icon and message instead.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Lastly, you’ll have the option to change the color of your pop-up notifications to either white (default) or black.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Quick Menu Updates

If you want to keep an eye out on what’s happening under Notifications, like the progress of your game downloads/installations or new party invites, you can now access this directly from the Quick Menu so you don’t have to step away from your game every time you want to check your notifications.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

Also, we’ve added a ‘Leave Party’ option in the Quick Menu, so you can easily exit a party and go right back to playing your game.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

In addition, now you’ll see the system clock in the upper-right corner of the screen when you pop open the Quick Menu.

Virtual Surround Sound on PS VR

PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound on your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, making for an even more immersive viewing experience

Improved Tournaments Bracket Viewer

We have a new bracket viewer that shows full tournament brackets for Single Elimination and Double Elimination tournaments on PS4. This makes it easier for you to see the current tournament standings.

PS4 System Software Update 5.00

New System Language Additions

With this update, we’re adding the following system language options on PS4: Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese.

Comments are closed.


5 Author Replies

  • I still don’t understand why they haven’t figured out how to allow use of mics when using remote play on games.

  • Shadowbhiemes

    Probably the most boring update, but I can understand how people will appreciate the parental controls function. Nothing like activity log, changing username, etc. Preventing pop ups during video is great, and changing notifications back to the sleeker black is definitely appreciated.
    I guess nothing will ever top the update with folders

  • Tatanka2007

    Disappointing!!! Much ado about nothing for what should have been a big update.

    Not being able to delete old PSN messages or track time in games would have made this update much better.

    The update of PS VR is nice, for example, but it hardly seems anything that should have trumped the above.

  • I wish they would add a feature that lets us use our PlayStation camera even when we’re not doing a Livestream, let us use it as soon as we press record when we’re playing a game. If you have a camera that is. Lol

  • Black notifications are back!

  • When are we going to be able to do in game chat from two machines using the same wifi connection I understand that singular IP address inhibits team chat when two separate players, on two separate machines in the same household can’t team chat because of the singular isp.

  • Death_Reaper951

    Everything seems great but one thing is missing, I still can’t change my ID!

  • “option to share music via the system’s messaging app”
    I can’t find this anywhere? share menu only display fb, tweet and activities,
    share spotify link on messages, only bring shortcut to web browser.
    lol i know it’s kinda useless, but this kinda stuff always making me itchy

  • Still no ability to organize folders in grids other than long lists. We can look at our library (which cannot be organized) in a grid, but NOT OUR FOLDERS!? When are you gonna realize that folders made of long lines are awful? There’s a reason RPG’s use grids for inventory and not long single lines like Quest 64’s inventory management. (Yeah I went there) Is that who you are Sony? Quest 64? This would be the easiest option to implement, so much easier than anything else in this or any other update, how have you not done it yet?

  • BACK-COMPATIBILITY!!! And PS1+2 Classics!!!

  • Are you going to fix the bug where upload error notifications are pinned to the top of notifications and can’t be removed or just ignore it forever?

  • AhmetYaq8bi

    good job SONY i knew that you would fix some issues on ps4 system but but now with 5.00 is that we can leave party’s though quick menu and we can check notifications through quick menu so THANKS SONY this is gonna be HELPFUL !!

  • Antoine-Assaf15

    Why does nintendo wii u, 3DS, steam on windows and xbox one have trophy progression and acitvity log but PS4/PS4 PRO does not? It’s really a shame

  • For the most part I couldn’t care less about this. I have a Playstation to play games. If they play I couldn’t care less about all this other crap. But how about letting all of the PS4’s in a household have use of the digital media? My ps4 pro isn’t even my primary because I have to let the PS4 everyone else uses be the primary so they can use the games. Which means if I have an internet outage my ps4 pro is useless. The only thing that I WOULD like to see as far as menus and such is to be able to switch back and forth between party chat and game chat when in a chat party without having to go through so many menus. There should be a button on the controller for this.

  • Still not picked for the beta……. 99 Platium trophies, 11,000+ trophies, PS+ member since day 1, PS Now subscriber, 100+ digital purchases, and still no love from Sony. Come on already……

    • So you want a cookie? Those things don’t make you any better or more important than anyone else. If your looking for the place where cool kids hang out, it’s called high school…!

    • I’m sorry, did I make this hard for you no comprehend what I was wanting? I thought it was obvious I was wanting in the beta. Although I am not sure I could have made this any easier to understand.

    • However it is quite clear you are jealous of what I have achieved or you never would have said anything at all. You feel the need to put people down when you see they are better than you. I hope you grow out of that.

  • Такс ,а где:

    1)Форсированный режим для PS4 slim & fat как на PS4 PRO.

    P.S. Понятно ,что это не будет 4к или даже 2к растянутые до 4к в играх ,а вот увеличение FPS или детализации или сглаживание вполне возможно.
    Как этого добьются ,а вот так ,просто отключат запись/стриминг/дистанционное воспроизведение ,а также разгонят процессор ,ибо сами SONY заявили (базовая тактовая частота CPU 1,6 ГГц, потенциальный разгон до 2,75 ГГц) Так ,что это вполне возможно.

    2)4к для видео/просмотра облачных сервисов (YouTube Netflix) как на PS4 PRO для PS4 slim & fat ?
    P.S. На PS4 HDMI разъём 1.4 ,и он позволяет выводить 4к 30Hz ,да максимум всего 30fps и кроме того 4к работает в стандартной PS4 в приложении PlayMemorise Online.

  • NixProramatth
  • How about fixing this stupid error code WS-37397-9 an stop blocking random people on psn


    Update is fine and all but where is the update to share play???? I mean it’s still broken and I (including others) are upset that we have a feature that we can’t use. Please FIX share. Also stop making me look like a liar when I tell people why they should buy a PlayStation when some features don’t work.

  • So….Why did you guys ask if we subscribe to PlayStation Now?

  • I see they have hired Xbox development to work on our updates now, great…! Communities are a joke 9/10 times I click one it tells me they are unavailable even though I get a notification every 2 minutes of recent posts. Useless to me. Also, fix the Store! No reason for the page reloading every time I’m looking at current games on sale. Wouldn’t be that bad if it was a once in awhile thing, but it does it EVERY time. Get halfway down the page then it reloads again sending me back to the top…!

    • Couldn’t agree more about the Store…that’s really annoying and needs a fix asap.

  • cristianmuniz1

    Still can’t change my PSN ID… *sigh*

  • That’s it? We waited 6 months for the big 5.0 update and we get a bunch of nothing?
    Come on Sony you are way behind the competition in terms of software features and updates,WHY BOTHER adding features that NO ONE WOULD USE, I’M SOO DISAPPOINTED SONY, INSTEAD OF THAT YOU COULD ad more useful features, LIKE “ACTIVITY LOG” A BETTER INTERFACE BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY,

  • extremely weak set of features, XBOX DID A BETTER JOB

  • Probably the most boring update

  • Probably the most boring update,

  • Must admit….. Not a single thing on that list is of any interest to me

  • Disappointing.

  • Thought this update would be useless as I kept reading but Notification Updates and specially the Quick Menu Updates are some real improvements…for once you’ve done it right Sony,now It’s just the wait to see you’ve not ruined anything.Also the option to change the pop-up notification color…ha for once you’ve listened to people,doesn’t matter to me but saw a lot complaining when it was chnaged to white.

    PS:You guys must really love the Sengoku era with these names for the updates lol.Mitsuhide next?

  • BTW y’all have fixed the broken video recording with the last minor update some weeks ago…finally the videos don’t skip themselves anymore and start recording in the moment you leave the share menu.This was broken since the major update in september 2016 so please DON’T BREAK IT AGAIN.

  • Sneakydude555

    No PSN name change? Oh well then. We tried….

  • confusion052

    I like to try thing first and then I buy it.

  • This is extremely underwhelming. I just want to be able to see how long I’ve played my games. I know you guys keep track of that data, just make it publically available to us already :(

  • werewolfgold

    Interesting, but where’s my menu button customization? It’d be helpful for international users.


    Please add Persian language

  • Wish Sony would bring back the DATE in addition to the time on the upper right hand corner just like it had on the PS3

  • the_lone_snip977

    Ooiii Oiiiii

  • Hi
    I’m waiting for the possibility of changing Psn Id
    Please make it possible

  • budamania1989

    Thanks for the update sony

  • ARES-666-CZ

    please mans a need redeem code, send me everybody help me :) thenks.. main nick ps4 is : ares-666-cz

  • I wish we could select items we wanted to update on the PS4 so I could skip worthless ones like this. Every item listed could be removed completely from my ps4 and I would not care. I want the firmware updates/software updates that fix things that are broken. How about a way to move all game installs to an external hard drive when you plug one in? How about more usb ports (lol I know firmware cant fix this but I added it anyway :p)? How about free ps now playability for games we already own (insert disc, check validity, check if ps now version exists, allow free play) – I do not know if this could be done with a firmware update or if an external drive would be needed to check the ps3 discs.

    Anyway, more useless fluff to me. Get back to the real gaming which, btw, IS GAMING not sharing videos, not messaging, etc.

    Parental control when I was a kid was my parents, not a machine ;) Play a bad game and they caught you, WHAP up along side the head and banned from computer/console for a week.

    please add :
    Persian language = 44.518 score
    Ability to change User ID = 30.844 score

  • Gallardo-ir

    Please add Persian language


    Hello SONY
    Our request is on TOP in your Idea Site so Please add Persian language to PS4
    We love you
    you can sell your games in Iran cheaper because we can’t spend 60 USA dollar
    you can sell games like Russia .

  • please add Persian Language please Sony add

  • I think this is an awesome update, especially since it addresses a lot of things people have requested regarding the PS4 UI specifically, such as dark notification schemes, ability to leave multiple message groups at once, create friend-lists (rather than be forced to join a group message)…and while it doesn’t affect EVERYONE, the overhaul of the family system is the biggest for PS4/PSN, due to the very inflexible parental controls the PS4 has had.

    Kudos! Excited to see this roll out to everyone!

  • alternahead

    I would like to be in invited to a PS4 firmware update beta
    I have a ps4pro
    How do I get on the future invite list ?

  • Please add Persian language

  • Blazer270Win

    The MOST IMPORTNAT thing the 5.0 Beta does is not listed a s a key feature.

    I was given a code for the beta, I downloaded the beta and immediately checked latency (ping) to servers of the one game I primarily play. Why did you do that you ask, well, when the 4.50 System Update was released it destroyed my gaming experience by inducing horrendous latency to all games played. I have checked the latency following every update since 4.50 (4.72 & 4.73) and have had no improvement. But with the 5.0 Beta the latency has been RESOLVED to pre 4.50!!! This IMO is THE biggest and best feature of the 5.0. If there were no other features provide I would be totally fine with it. Now I don’t have to go buy a PC to play video games AND I will no longer boycott all Playstion/Sony purchases, including games developed for use on Playstation. However, this is only if the reduced latency holds true through till, and after, full release of 5.0 to everyone.

    So until then, THANK YOU SONY/PLAYSTATION for resolving the latency caused by the 4.50 System Update for the time being!!!

Please enter your date of birth.