Sony has finally revealed some of the key features for PS4 Update 5.0. Is there anything in here gamers have to be excited about?
Sony has confirmed via Eurogamer some of the key features for the beta phase of PS4 Update 5.0 codenamed NOBUNAGA. The update began today for those who applied previously. So what are the new features? And did any of our hopes/wishes come through?
Some of these are smaller features, but they improve the quality of life on the platform. These are for both the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro, including how sub-accounts are managed. The biggest news though is for streamers who have a PS4 Pro and are worried about falling behind the Xbox One X in November. Here are the features in detail!
You can no share your favorite music via Spotify and PlayStation Music by sending a message on PS4. The recipient will be able to listen to the track directly from the message and can jump directly to their Spotify app and save it to their own playlist.
If you’ve set up a community on your PS4, you can now link your community to your live gameplay broadcast. 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 to your community page to check out the details or join.
We’ve added a new setting in PlayStation VR: ‘Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments’. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast are displayed not only in cinematic mode but also in VR mode – so you’ll be able to read comments and interact with spectators from within your PS VR headset.
PlayStation has added a new setting which allows users to disable pop-up notifications while watching a movie or TV show on the PS4. This setting is set to ‘off’ by default. Users will also have the option to change the color of the pop-up notifications to either white (default) or black.
PlayStation 4 Pro
Good news for Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.
Quick Menu updates
You can now keep track of things like game download progress or new invitations directly from the Quick Menu without having to leaving your game.
Families on PlayStation Network
The current account system is getting a complete overhaul to be more user-friendly for parents and those who share a system. The new “family on PSN” system offers far more flexibility when using the system, especially when setting up PSN accounts for children. Parents will be able to customize parental control settings for each user in the family so older or younger siblings have access to age appropriate material. This wasn’t possible on the older versions, as any restrictions were placed on every account on a PS4.
Along with the above, every “family” on PSN will now have a Family Manager. With this, the Family Manager can be used to promote any other adult account in the family to be a parent or guardian over the other accounts. Which will make management much easier if there are lots of gamers in the house.
Friend list management
The “Favourite Groups” tab is now being changed into a new “Custom Lists” tab on the Friends screen. This will allow users to edit and customize lists of their friends, and drop them into specific categories of their choosing. It can be from groups to games they play so you know who plays what and how to best interact with them. It’s a nice improvement and will make finding and setting up matches with friends much easier.
Virtual surround sound on PSVR
PlayStation VR will now support 5.1 and 7.1 virtual surround sound through your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode. This will further immerse users while watching movies.
Improved tournaments bracket viewer
Last but not least, they’ve also added a new bracket viewer that shows full tournament brackets for Single Elimination and Double Elimination tournaments on PS4, making it easier for you to see the current tournament standings.
So there you have it, the bigger, and smaller updates 5.0 will bring to the PS4. Some of them are certainly nice, but it seems most of them are just small quality of life improvements that make a difference, but will mostly be looked over. What do you guys think?