PS4's next update finally lets you squelch notifications during movies

PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed VR friends broadcasting and more

PS4 update 5.0 features officially detailed VR friends broadcasting and more

The beta for the next PlayStation 4 system software update 5.00 (code-named Nobunaga) will begin rolling out soon for select participants of the program.

For the PS4 5.0 system update, Sony has removed the Favorite Groups tab with the new Custom Lists tab on the Friends screen. This new "family on PSN" system will offer a more flexible experience, make it easier to set up PSN accounts for children, and customize parental control settings for each family user. The firmware is now in beta testing, and it brings a wide variety of changes, not the least of which is a redesigned master and sub-account system that makes it easier for families to manage their accounts. The Family Manager can promote another adult inside the family to a Parent/Guardian, who can then customize parental control levels of children's accounts.

You can now create and edit custom lists of friends, arranging them into specific groups if you want.

There's also the opportunity to add Custom Lists within the Friends settings. In addition, broadcasts can now be directly linked to communities, and spectator comments can now be made visible in VR mode, allowing broadcasters to connect more easily with their viewers.

A new setting in the PlayStation VR: Display Message to Spectators and Spectators Comments has been added. Prior to the update this only occurred during cinematic mode, but now users will still be able to read and keep up with messages from viewers even when in VR mode. Those using Twitch will have the ability to stream at 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro after the firmware update. And, as we mentioned earlier, the update will let PS4 Pro users stream on Twitch in 1080p at 60fps. Not to mention, the refinements will also allowing one to change how much of a message is displayed - in addition to its color - when playing, experiencing, or watching any form of content on the console. I'm stoked about disabling pop-ups during movies and TV shows. The update allows for turning off message previews on pop-up notifications.

PS4 Firmware 5.0 Beta Rolls Out Today; Change Notification Colors, Message Improvements, Family on PSN, and More

Speaking of VR, those watching Blu-Rays or DVDs in cinematic mode get 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound when listening on headphones.

Your friends will be able to listen to the track directly from the message you send, and if they're on their mobile device, they can jump directly to their Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song and add it to their own playlist. Now, users will be able to view more notifications inside the Quick Menu. For example, users will be able to check on download progress and see new party invites without having to leave a now opened application to do so.

Finally, several new system language options have been added to the console, which include: Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The quick menu pop up side bar has also been tweaked, and users will now be able to change the colour from the default black to white, giving the option of contrast for whatever looks better to the user.

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