PS4 Update 5.50 is out now for the base model as well as PS4 Pro. The update brings plenty of new features and improvements but the most requested, PSN name change, is still missing from the patch notes.
One of the notable features includes a Supersampling mode for PS4 Pro. The mode will allow players with 1080p or below TVs to enjoy better quality visuals. The mode will downscale 4K games to match with 1080p TVs.
PS4 Pro Superampling lets players enjoy a higher visual clerity even if they don’t own a 4K screen for their PS4 Pro.
“This PS4” and Name/Avatar tab
Two new tabs are being added to Library to make it easier for you to see which apps you’ve installed and purchased. The “This PS4” tab lists all the applications that are installed on the PS4 system, and the tab with your name/avatar lists all the apps that you purchased with your PSN ID. This feature also makes it easy to search and find games you’ve already purchased but have not yet installed.
PS Plus tab
This update also adds a new PS Plus tab to the Library, which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus’ Monthly Free Games. If your PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to your game so you’ll know you cannot play the game until you’ve re-subscribed.
We’re adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the “Purchased” tab in the Library. In “Options,” you can hide content including betas, trials or demos of games that you probably won’t be going back to.
Quick Menu Enhancements
If you ever want to quickly access specific friends in your custom list, you’ll be able to do so via the pulldown menu under the Friends tab in Quick Menu. You can also see who’s currently online.
Whenever you’re listening to music on PS4, you’ll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. If you’re using Spotify on PlayStation Music, the ‘square’ button will serve as the shortcut for volume control. 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.
Background Music on PS Now
With Background Music on PlayStation Now, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite tracks while streaming a game on PS Now. Just keep in mind that, similar to when playing a game locally on PS4, background music may not always be available.
This update will give you the ability to delete old notifications for better organization and management. Just go to Notifications and press the “triangle” or “Options” button to open up a menu that will allow you to select a single or multiple notifications you’d like to delete.
Import Custom Wallpapers via USB
Love customizing your PS4 Home Screen? Well, this new update will give you even more options. You can import your own images to PS4 from a USB stick and set it as your wallpaper. You can also zoom and crop your images so they look perfect on your dashboard. Just go to Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device.
Customize Tournaments Team Pages
Following the 5.50 update, you’ll be able to customize your Tournaments team page with your own team logo or background that you can import from a USB stick. Represent your team by customizing your team page with something unique and original! To set your logo and background, head over to Events > Teams > select your team > Edit Team Profile.
While PSN Name Change isn’t included in this update, Sony is planning to release this feature sometime before the end of this year. We can expect the update before PlayStation Experience this year.