PS4 Pro will make more games look better on older TVs

Sony's next major PlayStation 4 system update is now rolling out to selected gamers in the firm's beta program. Those who signed up and were selected for the beta program should receive an email today with instruction on how to download it and get started. This feature allows family managers set as guardians over a child's account to manage when and for how long the kids can play. This will give you the ability to apply playtime restrictions to make sure that a child (or overzealous adult) is only able to play for a set amount of time or within playable hours. Notifications will be sent to children while they're playing so they know they should save and quit.

This is a long-awaited improvement: you can now permanently remove old notifications from your PS4. Managing Playtime is as simple as heading to Settings Family Management or logging into their PlayStation account from their PC or smartphone, to check and manage their child's daily playtime. The first lists all games and apps installed on your PS4, and you can check everything you own by clicking on the tab showing your PSN ID. A new PS Plus tab will also be added to the library, "which clarifies what games you own from PS Plus' Monthly Free Games", while also informing you of what games you can't play if your PS Plus membership expires. Sony also made tweaks to the music function, "Whenever you're listening to music on PS4, you'll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu". You can hide apps through the "Options" settings.

Meanwhile, the update lets you import your own images via USB stick to use as custom wallpapers.

Background Music on PS Now: This allows one to listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games through PS Now. With the option enabled, games will be rendered at a higher resolution, before being downscaled to match the TV.

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Most PS4 system updates usually consist of "stability updates". The new firmware will introduce several changes and conveniences in the user interface plus a supersampling mode for PlayStation 4 Pro that accommodates those who don't have a TV supporting 4K resolution. This is accomplished via a new USB storage device option on the Themes area of the Settings menu.

This includes the ability to import images via USB and then modify pictures to get the flawless look.

PS4 firmware 5.50, codenamed KEIJI, is the next major update for the console, and was initially announced back in January when Sony began taking sign-ups. "Because PS4 Pro's added power and modes benefit different games in different ways, please note that certain games' image clarity may not improve with this new feature".

Let us know which features you're most excited about, and remember it's not too late to join the beta.

  • Toni Ryan