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PlayStation 4 Update 5.0 Officially Revealed (gamespot.com) 33

After the PlayStation 4's 5.0 update was leaked last week, Sony decided to officially reveal what's coming in the update. GameSpot highlights the new features in their report: Some of the enhancements center around streaming using the PS4's built-in broadcasting capabilities. PS4 Pro users will be able to stream in 1080p and 60 FPS, provided their connection is strong enough, and PSVR users will be able to see new messages and comments coming through while broadcasting. PSVR is also adding 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound support. Next up, the PS4's Friends List is being updated with greater management tools, such as the ability to set up separate lists of friends. You'll be able to create a list of all the people you play Destiny with and send them all an invite, for example. This feature replaces the old Favorite Groups tab. In another move to help reduce the amount of time spent in menus, the Quick Menu is being updated to have more options. For example, you'll be able to check on download progress and see new party invites. You can also leave a party from within that menu and see your current Spotify playlist. Notifications are also being improved when watching films and TV, as you can now disable message and other notification pop-ups while watching media. You can also change how much of a message is displayed, as well as its color, when playing or watching any form of content.

Finally, Parental Control features are being overhauled in favor of what Sony calls "Family on PSN." This replaces the old Master/Sub account system; instead, one user is deemed the Family Manager, and they can set up other accounts and appoint them as a Parent/Guardian, Adult, or Child. Parents or Guardians can restrict Child accounts in their "use of online features and communication with other players, set restrictions for games, restrict the use of the internet browser, and set spending limits for PlayStation Store." Note that Sony says the first time any North American user tries to set up an Adult account, they will be charged $0.50 "to verify that you are an adult."

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PlayStation 4 Update 5.0 Officially Revealed

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  • by Dr.Altaica ( 200819 ) on Thursday August 17, 2017 @08:57PM (#55038211) Homepage Journal

    How exactly is that suppose to work? are kids not allowed to have money in Sony Land? In the US kids can have credit cards and debts. My 11 year old niece has a debt card

    • So THAT'S why my PlayStation is full of quarters!

    • is that legal man?

    • In the US kids can have credit cards and debts. My 11 year old niece has a debt card

      Actually, no, that's not true. In the US a minor cannot enter into a contract and therefore can have neither bank account nor credit card. However, an account can be created on behalf of an adult for a minor. Ultimately, this means that the adult has control of the accounts until the minor becomes 18 years of age.

  • So nothing of use like being able to edit menus and getting rid of useless apps that are forced down my throat like whatever DAZN is or Crackle. Or actually fixing issues that worked on PS3 media player like continuous play of what's in the folder. Instead of play 1 video, then stop.
    • by DrXym ( 126579 )
      Chances are they are there in the first place because the providers paid Sony a lot of money for prominent placement.

      Personally I have no interest in certain apps and I see no harm to the bottom line if Sony allowed them to at least be hidden even if they're part of the firmware.

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      So nothing of use like being able to edit menus and getting rid of useless apps that are forced down my throat like whatever DAZN is or Crackle. Or actually fixing issues that worked on PS3 media player like continuous play of what's in the folder. Instead of play 1 video, then stop.

      The PS4 is a games machine. If you wanted a media player, you should've gotten the competitor's system, because they are focused on media and games.

      Sony is treating the PS4 as games first, everything else second. They're going t

  • Playstations are for kids [youtube.com].

  • Yawn (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MeNeXT ( 200840 ) on Thursday August 17, 2017 @09:17PM (#55038311)

    Sony forgot that this was supposed to be fun. I have 2 PS4s in the house and they are both gathering dust. How about that a family account can have up to 10 PS4s on one account and they can share the games and have LAN parties. Now that would be a cool feature....Sorry, but a yearly subscription for multiplayer games per PS4 just makes it too expensive for a crippled system.

    It's cheaper to game on a PC than on a PS4 and the advantage is that you can also work and create with the PC.

    Yes there is some exaggeration in this post but there are cooler features that people have been asking for than $0.50 to confirm that I'm an adult. I'm an adult because I paid the yearly charge on my CC to use the PS4 online.

    • PSN is an online business. and we all know the three step to running an online business
      1: Do something useful
      2: ???
      3: Profit.
      Where "???" is "Screw over users"

      Sony is on step 2. It has no reason to be useful anymore and with an extra 35 million Dollars it on it's way to profit.

  • I had given up trying to set up accounts that worked properly for my kids on the PS4, the new method seems like it's much more sensible.

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