PlayStation 4 to Get New Parental Controls, Notifications Management Features, and More

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The beta for the PlayStation 4's next major system software update 5.50 releases today for users selected for the beta program.

The introduction of the Play Time Management feature seems to be the highlight of the update, letting family members track the play time of the child family members on PSN.

The biggest feature we'll be able to see in PS4 Update 5.50 is the play time management which will let parents create the flawless timetable for their kids to play their favorite game. Notifications will be sent to children while they're playing so they know they should save and quit.

There's also the option to add extra game time an the choice to automatically log the child out of the PS4 once their allotted playtime is over. If one's PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock appears next to games obtained from PS Plus.

In addition, the new firmware offers library UI improvements, including a PS Plus tab, and tabs for "This PS4" and Name/Avatar. So, you can hide betas, trials or demos you may not go back to.

In a new blog post on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony detailed the features included with the new firmware update, codenamed "KEIJI". You'll be able to zoom and crop to make sure you get the right background for you.

Go to Settings Themes Select Theme Custom Select Image USB Storage Device. You'll also be able to customize your Tournaments team page with a team logo or other artwork saved off of a USB drive. Some games already feautre this, however, this mode will be of a benefit to 4K enhanced games that do not have supersampling.

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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.

The Quick Menu is being made, well, more quick to navigate in update 5.5 with the ability to access custom friends lists.

The new Gold Wireless Headset features a new design that's slimmer with improved over-ear cushions to make it even more comfortable. Now players can view their friends (and who is already online) in the Quick Menu. The Quick Menu has also been updated with more options when you're listening to music through Spotify.

Users will be able to permanently remove old notifications from their PS4 - for better organisation and management.

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.

Finally, update 5.50 allows users to listen to music in the background while using PlayStation Now.

Let us know which features you're most excited about, and remember it's not too late to join the beta. Sony notes that, just like when playing a game locally on PS4, some background music may not always be available.

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