Sony Confirms PS4 System Software 5.0 Details

Posted August 18, 2017

Sony has posted an official look at the beta at the PlayStation Blog, listing some of the new features such as Family on PlayStation network, friend management, parental controls and more. Perhaps most interestingly, though, is Sony's insistence on charging 50¢ for the first time any North American user tries to set up an Adult account in order "to verify that you are an adult". Now that the update is available for beta testers, Sony has gone into great detail on all of the other features that will be coming with 5.0. The new "Custom Lists" tab in the Friends menu will let you create and edit, what else, custom friend lists.

Finally, the 5.00 update fixes an issue where administrative parental control features were applied to all accounts; with this new update, parental controls will only affect the desired account.

Not much in the way of new information was provided than what was revealed last week, but there are extra details. These can be based on games played or groups such as teammates, or just friends in general. Parents or Guardians can restrict Child accounts in their "use of online features and communication with other players", and put restrictions to games in place, inhibit the use of the Internet browser, and instill PlayStation Store spending limits. When a broadcast is linked, a community button appears on the Live from PlayStation spectator screen. Namely, broadcasters will soon be able to link their own communities when broadcasting, exposing them to viewers and making it easier for those viewers to visit the communities.

If you're listening to a song you think a friend would like, you'll be able to send it to them via messages.

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Most of the tweaks are solidly quality-of-life improvements, though some are better late than never: You'll finally be able to switch off notifications when watching a movie or TV show, for example.

Good news for Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch. This setting is set to "off" by default, so go to Settings Notifications to enable it.

Users can now share individual tracks in messages.

You can now turn off message previews on your pop-up notifications. If they open the message on the PlayStation mobile app, clicking on your message opens the track in Spotify.

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Lastly, you'll have the option to change the color of your pop-up notifications to either white (default) or black.

PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound on your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode.

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.

As always, if you signed up and were one of the ol' chosen ones, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to download the beta and get started testing it out for Sony.

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