PS4 update lets parents control how long their kid can play

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The upcoming software update also includes a number of other minor changes to the PS4 experience but what we don't know quite yet is when Sony plans on releasing it to the general public. These allowed assigned Family Managers to easily control what each individual child plays, watches and views online.

If you're anxious about your kids not playing outside enough, Play Time Management gives designated "Family Managers" the ability to set limits for when and for how long each child can play. Play Time Management will alert the user when their time is running low, so they aren't kicked in the middle of a game without time to save. Play Time Management allows parents to check and manage play time, as well as impose restrictions so games can only be played for a set amount of time or "within set playable hours".

Users can also now import images via a USB stick to create custom wallpapers on the PS4.

Even if you are not in the beta program, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of features you can expect in this update. A new USB storage device option has been added to the Themes area of the Settings menu. Other things that can also be customized with these images include the Tournaments team page. This feature will permit you to set limits on daily time and track playing time, even from smartphone or PC. Microsoft already has a supersampling feature for its Xbox One X.

PS4 5.50 update also brings changes to the Library UI, such as the two new tabs that display which apps are installed on the PS4 system and which apps are purchased with the user's PSN ID. If your subscription has lapsed, games on the system will be shown with a lock icon on top of the PS Plus logo.

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We're adding a function that will allow you to hide certain applications under the "Purchased" tab in the Library. Are you concerned about what type of content your children are consuming?

With the launch of 5.50, you'll be able to access custom friends' lists directly from the Quick Menu.

Whenever you're listening to music on PS4, you'll be able to access certain shortcuts from the Quick Menu. And when you're on the Media Player or the USB Music Player, "triangle" will work as the shortcut for play or pause, and the "square" button as the volume control. In addition, the upcoming update will also add the option to delete notifications.

- And if you stream games via PlayStation Now, you'll be able to play your own background music, just like you would with locally downloaded games.

Under the supersampling mode, Sony says some games will render at a higher resolution, which will then be downscaled to match the HDTV. That said, Sony warns that performance may vary with this, as various games are optimized differently.


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