The PlayStation 4 was released about five years back, so its normal to get few updates. However, this PS4 update 5.50 have more to it than previous updates . Unlike the updates that we have every now and then, this is a major update that improves the system performance. The upcoming PS4 update codenamed KEIJI , will add many new features. However, most of these features will come under UI and navigation improvements. Moreover, this update have some long-awaited features like adding custom wallpapers and team logo via USB. Adding your custom wallpapers via USB was available on day one on PS3, just not sure why it took over four years to get it to PS4.
The new update currently in beta is available only by invitation. The PlayStation blog goes over many details on the PS4 update 5.50 official features. Here is quick rundown of some the upcoming features:
Look and Feel
Most of the new features in the look and feel categories will allow you to hide and organize unwanted notification or hide app to prevent clutter in your dashboard. So now you can hide all these demos that you don’t want to see in your list.
Also there are new enhancements on the Quick Menu. Moreover, the new update will allow you to add custom wallpapers via USB. You even can use images for team logo in the Customize Tournaments Team Pages. Furthermore, the new update will add a new tab to have all your PS Plus games under. Which is something good, since I cannot keep track of what games I bought and what games I got From PS Plus.
Play Time Management
One of this PS4 update 5.50 new and more integrated feature is the advance parental control. On this update, adult family members who are set as guardians can set PS4 playtime for child family members on family on PSN. The adult user can set the play time through the system or PlayStation account via web browser. Also the adult user can add extra play time vie the browser. I was hoping for more integration between the PlayStation app, I think might come soon with app update.
Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro
The PS4 Pro got some love in this update with the Supersampling Mode feature. This feature will allow those with PS4 Pro and don’t own HDR TVs to enjoy better resolution using the same TV.
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.
This feature might not work with all games. So don’t except all games to look better just because you have this feature on.
There are no words when this update will be rolled out to the public. However, most likely you will see this coming out by the end of this month. If everything goes well with the beta testing. Let us know what do you think of this new update feature.