Playstation 4 5.0 Update Will Allow 1080-60 Twitch Streaming, And More


Last month, Sony announced beta sign ups for its upcoming PS4 5.0 system update, and now we've got our first look at some of the changes being made via release notes obtained by eurogamer.

However, a number of these changes are still going to be exclusive; for instance, the 1080p resolution 60 frames per second Twitch streaming will only be available to those that own an up-to-date Playstation 4 Pro, so if you own a regular Playstation 4, your streaming will be at a lower quality.

The headline feature for streamers is that you can now stream at 1080p60 to Twitch if you have a PlayStation 4 Pro, which simply latches onto what's already possible via Remote Play and Share Play.

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After this update players will also be able to follow anyone's account, unlike the current system. Sony is changing things around in order to "encourage more sharing of content and more interactions", said Eurogamer. You'll also be able to follow whoever you want without needing a friend request to be verified, and without filling up your friend limit. You could previously follow specifically curated and verified accounts but this allows players to expand their content networks without pushing the limits of their friends list on PlayStation. There will be settings to prevent non-friends from following you, and users can be blocked as well. In family-friendly fashion, primary accounts will be able to set parental controls, and there can be more than one adult/guardian account. Requests can also be sent to adult accounts on other PS4s to join the same family.

Lastly, with 5.0, system notifications will be visible from your Quick Menu so you don't need to head back to your Home screen. Downloads can also be checked using Quick Menu.

A release date has been provided for PS4 firmware 5.0. Eurogamer speculates that we'll see it in the near future, alongside the launch of an updated PlayStation App.