The beta for PS4 software update 5.50 has begun, and it's a preview of the (extremely) long-awaited features coming for all of us once testing concludes. Following this, Sony details several of the UI improvements coming in Update 5.50, starting with a "This PS4" tab that lists all applications installed on a PS4, and a tab with players' names/avatars showing all apps purchased with their PSN ID.
Sony is expanding on the parental controls introduced in the previous 5.00 update with Play Time Management.
Elsewhere, play time management gives family managers and adult family members who are set as guardian the ability to set time limits on when and for how long each child can play for.
Invitations for PlayStation beta have gone out, and allow users to test a new PS4 supersampling mode. Notifications will be sent to children while they're playing so they know they should save and quit.
For example, a parent can decide that their child is allowed to play their console for a total of two hours each day, but not play at all after 10pm. 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.
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Read on for the full list of changes, which are now being experienced by closed trial testers, and will soon be made available to all PS4 owners. Games will soon be broken down via what is now installed on the system - labeled as "This PS4" in the library - and all of the items associated with your account via an option labeled with your name and avatar.
The other features are mostly there to help with clutter and to make finding games in your library easier. A new PS Plus tab will show all the games you've received for free as a member.
The Friends tab in the Quick Menu now lets you quickly access specific friends, and it'll also show which of them are online. You'll also be able to access media shortcuts - when using Spotify on the console, for example, opening the Quick Menu and pressing square will allow you to control the volume. New handy shortcuts will let you control the volume and play/pause. Another new option with the PS4 5.50 update will allow you to hide certain items from the Purchased list, which will likely be used for game demos, trials, and betas that you'll no longer want once the full game releases. Also, those who enjoy customizing their PS4 will be in for a treat, as Sony is adding a feature letting players import custom wallpapers and customize tournaments teams pages with content via USB drives.
Among the biggest new features is Supersampling on PS4 Pro, which is ideal if you don't own a 4K TV. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look flawless on your dashboard. Xbox One added play limits a year ago with the Creators Update, and the One X hardware has been supersampling games since last November. With the option enabled, games will be rendered at a higher resolution, before being downscaled to match the TV.