The beta for the PS4’s next major system software update 5.50 starts today that will introduce many new features to Sony’s home console when it eventually rolls out to the masses at a later date.
For those lucky enough to have been chosen to participate, it’s the first chance to witness the new changes up close, but for those unlucky enough not to be selected this time around, SIEA’s Vice President Mary Yee has been kind enough to detail a list of new features coming later to PS4 on the PlayStation Blog which includes the introduction of Play Time Management, Library UI updates and much more.
Below are just some of the changes coming to PS4 in the near future.
First up there’s Play Time Management, which will allow adults who are set as managers or guardians to manage PS4 playtime for children members on the PlayStation Network. Managing playtime couldn’t be simpler with Play Time Management on the PS4. To adjust, head to Settings > Family Management on the PS4 or log into your PS account on the PC via the browser.
From there both managers and guardians can check and manage a child’s playtime or apply time restrictions to limit the amount of time the child can play on the console. Once a restriction is in place, the child will then receive a notification to inform them that it’s time to save and quit. Additional time can be added on by the manager/guardian who will also have the option to log the child out of their PS4 once playtime is over.
Next up we have changes to the Library user interface with 2 new tabs being added to make it easier to see which apps players have installed in the form of “This PS4”, which can check all installed applications and the “Name/Avatar” tab, which can be used to view all applications purchased with a players PSN ID. The introduction of the new tabs also makes it easier for the player to search and find purchased games that have yet to be installed to the PS4.
Players will also notice a new PS Plus tab in the Library, which will clarify which games the player owns from the PS Plus free games list. The tab will also alert the player if their PS Plus membership has expired by placing a lock on the icon, preventing the player from accessing the free titles until they re-subscribe.
With the update, players will also have the option to hide selected apps such as demos and betas. To do so simply go to Purchased > Options and select Do Not Show Content Item in [Purchased].
Enhancements are also being made to the PS4’s Quick Menu with faster access to specific friends in the players custom list via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in the Quick Menu, where players will be able to see who is currently online on their customised list.
Subscribers to PS Now will likely be happy to hear that the 5.50 update will add the option to play background music while using the streaming app which can be accessed with either Spotify or PlayStation Music using the square button as the shortcut for volume control while triangle button acts as a play or pause button when using the Media Player or USB Music Player with square used again to control the volume.
For additional changes coming to the PS4 with System Software update 5.50, check out the full list of details at the PlayStation Blog.