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New Features Coming to PS4 in System Software 5.50

Play Time Management, custom wallpapers via USB, enhancements to notifications and the Quick Menu, and more.

Mary Yee's Avatar Posted by Vice President, PlayStation Marketing, SIEA

The beta for the PlayStation 4 system’s next major system software update 5.50 (codenamed KEIJI) rolls out today. If you signed up and were selected for the beta program, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to download and get started.

Even if you are not in the beta program, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of features you can expect in this update. In 5.50, we’re introducing Play Time Management, Library UI updates, further enhancements to the Quick Menu, and much more.

Play Time Management

We’re introducing Play Time Management, which will allow family managers (and adult family members who are set as guardians) to manage PS4 playtime for child family members on family on PSN. Managing Playtime is easy; go to Settings > Family Management on your PS4, or log into your PlayStation account on your web browser from your PC or smartphone, to check and manage your child’s playtime each day. If needed, the family manager/guardians can apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours. Notifications on PS4 will be sent to the child during gameplay so that he or she knows when they should save and quit. The family managers/guardians also have the option to add extra game time via their smartphone or PC. In addition, the family manager/guardians can choose whether or not to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their playtime is over.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Play Time ManagmentPS4 System Software Update 5.50: Play Time Managment

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Play Time Managment

Library UI Updates

‘This PS4’ and Name/Avatar tab

Two new tabs are being added to Library to make it easier for you to see which apps you’ve installed and purchased. 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. This feature also makes it easy to search and find games you’ve already purchased but have not yet installed.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Library

PS Plus tab

This update also adds a new PS Plus tab to the Library, which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to your game so you’ll know you cannot play the game until you’ve re-subscribed.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: LibraryPS4 System Software Update 5.50

Hide apps

We’re adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the ‘Purchased’ tab in the Library. In ‘Options,’ you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won’t be going back to.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Library

Quick Menu Enhancements

If you ever want to quickly access specific friends in your custom list, you’ll be able to do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. You can also see who’s currently online.

Whenever you’re listening to music on PS4, you’ll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. If you’re using Spotify on PlayStation Music, the ‘square’ button will serve 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.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Quick Menu - Music shortcut

Background Music on PS Now

With Background Music on PlayStation Now, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Just keep in mind that, similar to when playing a game locally on PS4, background music may not always be available.

Notifications Update

This update will give you the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management. Just go to Notifications and press the ‘triangle’ or ‘Options’ button to open up a menu that will allow you to select a single or multiple notifications you’d like to delete.

PS4 System Software Update 5.50: Notifications

Import Custom Wallpapers via USB

Love customizing your PS4 Home Screen? Well, this new update will give you even more options. You can import your own images to PS4 from a USB stick and set it as your wallpaper. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look perfect on your dashboard. Just go to Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device.

Customize Tournaments Team Pages

Following the 5.50 update, you’ll be able to customize your Tournaments team page with your own team logo or background that you can import from a USB stick. Represent your team by customizing your team page with something unique and original! To set your logo and background, head over to Events > Teams > select your team > Edit Team Profile.

Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro

PS4 Pro users will see a new ‘supersampling mode’ under Settings, which enables those with HDTVs (i.e., 1080p or less) to enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games. 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. Certain games already have ‘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. Because PS4 Pro’s added power and modes benefit different games in different ways, please note that certain games’ image clarity may not improve with this new feature.

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successful_00 said:

February 11th, 4:13 pm

for the next update:I think that if they can delete the notifications, they should also be able to erase the error history that also occupies additional space, and for any non-important error they throw it and there it remains, I think they should be erased also in the next update. because when im playing online and the network is disconnected drop error its not good for anyone.occupies additional space and all this error in there appear.do that for your consumers its good idea.

successful_00 said:

February 11th, 4:17 pm

we also want the ps4 pro’s fan to be heard less, we hope that in this update they solve that. and a bit of speed for the menu interface

    successful_00 said:

    February 11th, 4:25 pm

    can you do it for all going there and make the report?with some games my fan listens a lot no matter if it’s cold i want solution.

    successful_00 said:

    February 11th, 4:28 pm

    with some games my fan listens a lot no matter if it’s cold i want solution.

successful_00 said:

February 11th, 4:57 pm

They should finish the hardware problems at this point.
the noise in the fan it not good resolve this. and talk later.

CrazyCatLady_of2 said:

February 11th, 5:31 pm

But when can we change our PS name?

K1tBallard said:

February 11th, 7:47 pm

Sony needs to update the social media stuff. Streaming needs more options (Who even uses DailyMotion?), and with Twitter’s update, the console is still using the shorter posting rules.

thecrankymonkey said:

February 11th, 7:48 pm

Will custom wallpapers support 4K?

DkWw019 said:

February 11th, 8:31 pm

I would really like to see a feature in the controller settings to be able to customize the default color of the light bar

    dannyman24 said:

    February 14th, 4:31 pm

    Never thought of that but it would be awesome

Dark3r_thn_blck said:

February 11th, 9:42 pm

why we cant share season passes or character passes on different ids i travel alot so i have to make different ids to buy games from different regions it sucks to not share passes on different ids and we need mouse keyboard support or other wise all fps online competitive play is for nothing i have titanfall 2 destiny 2 overwatch etc but i dont play on ps i play on pc if u want to sell more pan amd online growth give keyboard mouse support .

Dark3r_thn_blck said:

February 11th, 9:42 pm

why we cant share season passes or character passes on different ids i travel alot so i have to make different ids to buy games from different regions it sucks to not share passes on different ids and we need mouse keyboard support or other wise all fps online competitive play is for nothing i have titanfall 2 destiny 2 overwatch etc but i dont play on ps i play on pc if u want to sell more pan amd online growth give keyboard mouse support .

JrdnCrm91 said:

February 11th, 10:37 pm

Can we PLEASE get an update to change our PSN names? This has been asked for years! Why hasn’t this been added yet?

galaguta86 said:

February 12th, 7:37 am

Please finally add Ukrainian language

Gamer_Bram040 said:

February 12th, 8:12 am

Maby you can add that the owner of the ps4 can dat or you can have ps plus or not.

gamingchamp317 said:

February 12th, 10:05 am

Add an option where you can change your username on ps4

    dannyman24 said:

    February 14th, 4:25 pm

    Can I hide my movies? My trailers and extras

    dannyman24 said:

    February 14th, 4:28 pm

    They’re apparently thinking about it so hopefully
    Ps ignore my other reply

dannyman24 said:

February 14th, 4:17 pm

Can I hide some s of my movies? The trailers and extras

ElexyMidnight said:

February 15th, 9:27 am

Since Im One Of The People Who Got Into The Beta, All I Have To Say Is The Update Is Incredible, But There Are Things That Need Improving, Obviously The Issues With Certain Game Not Working And If Your Like Me And Have Games That Are 80+ GB Its A Long Wait To Play Your Game After Re Install, The New Enhancements To, The Quick Menu Makes Music Easier To Control, And Streaming On The 5.50 Beta Feels Just The Same As It Was Before So No Complaints There, As Long As I Can Stream Im Happy, However I Do Have One Question Has Anyone Gotten Their Playstation Beta Avatar I Cant Seem To Find It I Would Like To Know If They Havent Given It To Us Yet Or If Theres A Specific Set Way To Download Or Get The Avatar

Fireninja447 said:

February 16th, 6:12 am

I agree that all update ideas are great and are necessary but personally I need my PlayStation trophy progression bar and all the other update suggestions. I understand that older games can’t have it but newer games can. Other than that great work for pumping out useful updates!

XMSAMSONX said:

February 16th, 11:40 am

I hope they give us the option to remove the bloatware apps that are installed on the system. I HATE scrolling through the MLB app and VUE to get to my Plex/Netflix. I purchased this system, refund me a portion if you want to advertise on it!

Upvote this reddit post if you agree: https://redd.it/7p04qu

ramurel said:

February 17th, 10:21 am

Does supersampling trick Netflix to help 4k movies better view, or its only for games?

destinyplayer197 said:

February 17th, 4:29 pm

I got my avatar code over two weeks ago and still haven’t been able to update to the 5.50 beta yet

HARRYTHEJOKER87 said:

February 21st, 8:42 pm

Looking forward to the new update

sockwookie said:

February 21st, 9:30 pm

Always improving.

Dangisuckatgamin said:

February 22nd, 12:18 am

I’d like to see achievement tracking and time played tracking added to the PS4.

Rob_Zombiez89 said:

February 22nd, 5:20 am

Background music FTW

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