Supersampling, UI Updates, and More

Supersampling, UI Updates, and More

Another section of the library allows you to see what games you now own through PlayStation Plus, keeping in mind that you'll lose access to said games should your subscription lapse.

"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".

The PlayStation Blog has posted details of the features found in the beta test of the 5.50 firmware upgrade.

There's no word on when update 5.50 will launch for the general public, but we'll hopefully hear some feedback from those accepted into the beta. In 5.50, we're introducing Play Time Management, Library plus Quick Menu updates and much more. A new USB storage device option has been added to the Themes area of the Settings menu. You'll also be able to customize your PS4 Home Screen with custom wallpapers imported from a USB stick. Notifications are sent to children while they're playing, giving them a heads-up on when they should save or quit because their playtime is set to end. Once imported, you can even zoom, crop and preview them in-situ to help get the flawless look on your dashboard.

"This feature also makes it easy to search and find games you've already purchased but have not yet installed". Users can play these games again once they have re-subscribed to the service.

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You will also be able hide certain items so you can clear off that demo of Killzone Shadow Fall that has been in your library for four years, or remove any trace of Drawn To Death. If one's PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus.

Sony's also added quick menu enhancements, allowing you to swiftly access specific buddies on your custom list by using the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. This is the type of content most users will not return to, so it's nice to know they don't ever have to see them in their Library. 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.

With Background Music on PS Now, you'll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. This process involves a game being rendered at a higher resolution (up to 4K, in the case of certain PS4 games) and then downscaled to your display's resolution, thereby providing greater clarity.

PS4 Pro owners will receive a "supersampling mode" which will enable those with HDTVs (1080p or less) to experience enhanced visuals in PS4 games.

With this feature, parents and guardians will also have the option to automatically log the child out of their PS4 once their allocated gaming time is over.

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