PS4 system update 5.50 has entered beta testing, as Sony unveils a host of huge new PlayStation features. Users who signed up for the beta and were accepted will be getting an email on how to start playing with all the new features coming in this version. This allows you to track time played and set daily time limits, even from a PC or smartphone. "The family managers/guardians can also set the PS4 to log out once the playtime session is over, and increase or decrease game time on the go, via the web portal". From here, you can check and manage your child's playtime. Guardians can also extend the allowed game time through their phones or on PC, by logging into their PlayStation accounts. 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.
The Quick Menu is being made, well, more quick to navigate in update 5.5 with the ability to access custom friends lists. There's also a section where you can see which games you only "own" through PlayStation Plus.
As of update 5.50, players will also be able to use custom wallpapers through the use of USB. The highlights include Supersampling Mode on PS4 Pro, an updated library UI, improvements to the Quick Menu and notifications, and a new feature called Play Time Management. Here's how Sony describes the situation on PS4 Pro: "Certain games already have the "supersampling" benefits as part of their "PS4 Pro Enhanced" feature set, but this new mode can enhance the experience for those games that don't already have the feature". However, the update will also have some new features. As reported back in January, those who have a PS4 Pro but not a 4K TV can still take advantage of games that render to higher resolution.
This is a long-awaited improvement: you can now permanently remove old notifications from your PS4. Once the image has been imported from USB, users can zoom, crop and preview them. You can also see who's now online. While not everything will necessarily benefit, this complements the existing Boost mode as another optional way to leverage the Pro's power. A new USB storage device option has been added to the Themes area of the Settings menu. What this does is, improve visual quality on certain games that aren't optimised for the PS4 Pro on displays that are not 4K.