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PS4 system software 5.50 adds ability to limit a child's play time

09 February 2018, 04:02 | Yvette Williams

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Among several different features, such as play time management tools, custom wallpapers and other enhancements that are going to be coming with an upcoming Playstation 4 update, we're also going to see a new supersampling mode for the PS4 Pro in particular, which will allow players using the console with 1080p TVs to "enjoy an enhanced visual experience when playing some PS4 games". Building on the "Family Managers" controls introduced in 5.00, the new update allows Family Managers to set limits on when and for how long each individual child can play for. Another way to manage playtime for kids is by logging into the PlayStation account via the web browser on PC or smartphone.

Cool addition that I'm sure a lot of parents will appreciate.

A notification will also pop up on-screen while the child is playing to notify them of how much time they have left.

PS4 5.50 update also brings changes to the Library UI, such as the two new tabs that display which apps are installed on the PS4 system and which apps are purchased with the user's PSN ID.

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.

It is also easier to see your PlayStation VR games amongst all installed titles, thanks to a new PSVR icon that appears on their tiles.

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A slightly naughtier option which will allow you to hide certain applications that you don't want others to notice. Now users can message and invite friends faster than ever via the new Quick Menu. When users are listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, they can use the "square" button as a shortcut for volume control. Users may also press the "triangle" button to play or pause music when they are on the Media Player or the USB Music Player.

- And if you stream games via PlayStation Now, you'll be able to play your own background music, just like you would with locally downloaded games.

Registration for the beta test of a "major" new PS4 update recently began, and now the beta is officially underway. 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.

Users will be able to permanently remove old notifications from their PS4 - for better organisation and management. Please note performance will vary, as games are optimised differently to take advantage of the power of PS4 Pro.

Perhaps the most important feature.

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