PS4 system 5.00 beta out for select users, adds new features


Update 5.0 replaces the old Master/Sub account system by making one user the Family Manager, which gives them the ability to set up other accounts and categorize them as a Parent/Guardian, Adult, or Child.

Meanwhile, you'll also be able to create and edit custom lists of your friends.

The Family on PSN feature will allow families to set up their own PSN accounts for kids with customized parental controls, such as the promotion of adults between accounts to customize children's parental control settings.

Individual parental controls will also be available.

Have a few different groups of friends you play games with? 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. When a broadcast is linked to a community, the community button appears on the "Live from PlayStation" spectator screen, allowing any spectator to jump directly into your community page to check out the details or join.

The PS4's Update 5.0 also intends to improve notifications when watching films and TV, as the patch enables the ability to disable message and other notification pop-ups while watching media.

Likewise concerning broadcasting is an update for PlayStation 4 Pro owners who will be able to stream to Twitch in 1080p resolution, something we've previously heard about. If your friends are on PS4, they can listen to the track right inside the message by booting up Quick Menu, and if they're on their mobile device, they can jump directly to the Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song. This can be enabled by going to the Notifications under Settings.

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Music can already be shared on PS4 using Twitter and Facebook via Spotify and PlayStation Music, but once the update is applied, individual tracks can be shared by sending a message on message on PS4. The update allows for turning off message previews on pop-up notifications. If you turn this setting off, the pop-up notification will hide the message senders' online ID and will display a generic user icon and message instead.

Sony is also boosting the Quick Menu, bringing easy access to all notifications.

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

The Quick Menu will now show download progress and invitations.

The update includes new parental controls, custom friends lists, broadcasting/messaging improvements, notification tweaks, Quick Menu additions, PlayStation VR virtual surround sound, new tournament bracket view and additional language support.

First, let's get the basics out of the way- the beta update is rolling out now, and if you were selected as a beta tester, you should be receiving an email that explains how to download and install the update on your system some time shortly.

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