SuperSampling, Parental and UI Improvements w/ PS4 System Software Update 5.50

The new PlayStation System Software released today (previously in Beta Testing through the month of February) will give users a bunch of new abilities to control their PS4 consoles with. Some of these are actually very exciting, especially if you own the PS4 Pro (an optional, luxury model of the PS4 which enables graphics output of up to 4K HDR as well as runs all software faster and with more stability).

SuperSampling (PS4Pro Users Only):

TLDR; SuperSampling makes 4K Games look better on older TVs!

If you own a PS4 Pro but don’t own a 4KTV just yet, you can now set the PS4 Pro into “SuperSampling” mode which will enable the system to create higher than 1080P quality graphics then squish them down into a lesser resolution. While this might sound confusing for some, it is a proven technology that John Carmack actually pioneered back in the days of the 2010 PC, PS3, 360 scene. While rendering 1440p (2K), or 4K graphics on the machine, the system will then bring the extra detail into the smaller pixel resolution of a 1080P or 1440p display in order to give a more clear and detailed output.

Depending on which game you are playing, developers may have already set up SuperSampling, and so a combination of PS4 Boost Mode being On  or Off, and SuperSampling being On or Off may be ideal depending on the game and display being used. Overall, it’s great that Sony is giving some of these settings over to be controlled by users though for situations where developers haven’t had the chance to program optimal configurations and the PS4 Pro’s power isn’t being fully utilized. In theory, by testing out which settings work best, and researching what features are available for certain games, players can now be sure to always get the most out of the extra hardware power sometimes laying dormant in their machines.

To access these settings go to Settings, then Sound and Screen, then Video Output Settings, then Supersampling Mode.

Parental Controls (AKA Play Time Management):

Family Managers / Guardians can now set up Play Time Restrictions for all or certain games in their PS4 library in order to make sure that children aren’t gaming more than they should be and/or during time periods in which they shouldn’t be allowed. A totally new system has been created and installed with the PS4 System Software 5.50 Update in which times of day can be set in which the child is allowed to play games and/or how many hours they’re allowed to game for within that particular time frame. Notifications will then warn the child when they are running out of time, giving them a chance to save their progress and quit. After their time runs out the system will not allow them to play.

Other benefits to this system include viewing how much game time a child has had for any particular day (from PS4, PC, or smartphone), setting specific settings for different days of the week, quickly extending or reducing the allowed play time for today without entirely re-working the rest of your settings for the week, setting limits on how long children can log into the PS4 overall as well.

This system can be managed from within the PS4 itself by accessing Settings and then going into Family Management. Family Managers can also change their Parental Control settings by logging into their PlayStation Account from a PC or Smartphone. Since this is such a detailed, large, and brand new concept in the PlayStation world – Sony has also provided a rather large HELP MENU.

New Features added to Update 5.50 :

  • Custom Wallpapers loaded through USB has been enabled. (Go to Settings, then Select Theme, Custom, Select Image, USB Storage Device to load any image as your new wallpaper)
  • Custom Team Page / Team Logo through USB for Tournaments being held within PlayStation Communities has been enabled.
  • Permanently deleting notifications has been enabled. (Press Triangle or Options button, then Delete one or multiple notifications)
  • Custom Lists from PlayStation Friends List can now be seen in Quick Menu. (Hold PS Button and use the new friends tools in the Quick Menu quickly mid-game)
  • Re-Organized PlayStation Store Library Tabs. (This PS4 and Name/Avatar Tab have been added to easily find out all of the PS4 content that is currently installed on your machine versus which you own but don’t have installed at the moment)
  • New PS+ Tab added to the PlayStation Store Library. (Easily find out all of the PS+ Content that’s tied to your account separately from the rest of your content)
  • Hide Apps from Purchased Section (AKA Download List) in PS4 Library. (In PlayStation Store go to Purchased tab and then press Options on a title which you don’t want to appear anymore such as expired beta tests you won’t ever need to download again – hidden apps can still be accessed later from the ‘Check Hidden Content Items’ button)
  • Playing background music during PS Now gameplay has been enabled. (Hold PS Button and use the new music tools in the Quick Menu to play music through Spotify, Media Player, or USB Music Player – use Triangle to start / stop music and Square to change volume quickly mid-game)

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20180308 and was last modified on 20180308 .