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PS4 5.50 Update Beta Now Available, Requires 450MB Download

The Beta for the upcoming PS4 5.50 update is now available to download on your console. The update brings new features like the long-awaited play time management and quick menu enhancements as well as system supersampling on PS 4 Pro. If you are registered for beta testing on the console then you can go ahead now and test it out.

As announced in a post on PlayStation Blog by Mary Yee, Vice President at PlayStation Marketing, the PS4 5.50 Update Beta has officially rolled out and that’s where you can find what the update includes in detail. You’ll need 450MB of free space in order to download it and get started. What you’ll find this new update:

  • Play Time Management
  • New Library Tabs
  • Quick Menu Enhancements
  • Background Music on PS Now
  • Notifications Update
  • Import Custom Wallpapers via USB
  • Customize Tournaments Team Pages
  • Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro

Through the Play Time Managementparents can now monitor the play time their minor has on their PlayStation 4, lock them out if they surpass that limit or provide them with more time. You can check how much time is left on your PC or mobile phone as well as follow the instructions to add more time or lock the console completely. The procedure is user-friendly and will let parents monitor their kid’s playtime, even if it comes with some nagging.

The biggest feature of the PS4 5.50 Update is the supersampling on PS 4 Pro. 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. As PlayStation Blog indicates, “with the 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.”

What wasn’t included in the changes and new features was the ability to change your PSN ID, which was highly requested by the community and was many times hinted by Sony in the past. We’re looking forward to seeing that feature at a later date.