Last week, we reported on the upcoming PlayStation 4 System Software update 5.00, as some features in the update were leaked. It turns out, all the leaked features were correct, including changes to the PS4 family account system and that Twitch Streaming will now be available at 1080p and 60FPS for PS4 Pro owners.
In a post on the official PlayStation Blog, the details for the System Software update 5.00 were detailed, aimed to give beta trial testers (the beta goes live today) a heads-up about what they will get to experience and test out. The update brings quite a lot of quality-of-life features and changes, but nothing that stands out as much as, for example, the PS4 Boost Mode or External HDD support.
Check out all the features as detailed on the PlayStation Blog post below.
Families on PlayStation Network
The existing master/sub-account system is being redesigned to be more family friendly. This new 'family on PSN' system will offer a more flexible experience, make it easier to set up PSN accounts for children, and customize parental control settings for each family user. Below are the new features that will be introduced with update 5.00:
- Family Manager, parents/guardians and child accounts
Each family on PSN will now have a Family Manager. In turn, the Family Manager can promote any other adult in the family to be a parent or guardian.
From there, each parent or guardian can customise the parental control levels of each child account, such as restricting certain age ratings or online access.
- Individual parental controls
Before this update, the same parental controls were applied to all users on the same console, including adults. But with 5.00, all controls (including game age ratings) can be individually controlled for each child account.”
Friend list management
“In place of the current ‘Favourite Groups’ tab, we’re adding a new ‘Custom Lists’ tab on the ‘Friends’ screen.
This will allow you to create and edit custom lists of your friends and arrange them into specific groups, based on the games you play, or groups of friends you like to hang out with online. For example, you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites.”
Broadcast feature updates
“If you’ve set up a community on your PS4, you can now link your community to your live gameplay broadcast. When a broadcast is linked to a community, the community button appears on the ‘Live from PlayStation’ spectator screen, allowing any spectator to jump directly
“We’ve added a new setting in PlayStation VR: ‘Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments’. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast are displayed not only in cinematic
PlayStation 4 Pro:
“Good news for Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.”
You’ve already been able to share your favourite music to Twitter and Facebook via Spotify and PlayStation Music, but now you’ll also be able to share individual tracks by sending a message on PS4.
Your friends will be able to listen to the track directly from the message you send, and if they’re on their mobile device, they can jump directly to their Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song and add it to their own playlist.
“We’ve added a new setting that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you’re watching a movie or TV show on your PS4. This setting is set to ‘off’ by default, so go to Settings > Notifications to enable it.
Furthermore, you now have the option to turn off message previews on your pop-up notifications. If you turn this setting off, the pop-up notification will hide the message senders’ online ID and will display a generic user icon and message instead.
Lastly, you’ll have the option to change the colour of your pop-up notifications to either white (default) or black.”
Quick Menu updates
“If you want to keep an eye out on what’s happening in your Notifications tab – like game download progress or new invitations – you can now access this directly from the Quick Menu without leaving your game.
Also, we’ve added a ‘Leave Party’ option in the Quick Menu, so you can easily exit a party and go right back to playing your game.”
Virtual surround sound on PS VR
“PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound through your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, making for an even more immersive viewing experience.”
Improved tournaments bracket viewer
“We’ve added a new ‘bracket viewer’ that shows full tournament brackets for Single Elimination and Double Elimination tournaments on PS4, making it easier for you to see the current tournament standings.”
The update looks decent, but there isn’t any feature that really pops out to me and gives me that “wow, I can’t wait for this” feeling. There is also support for the following languages added to the User Interface: Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
What do you think about the features in the next big PS4 System Software update? Let us know in the comment section below.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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