Latest PS4 features

Check out the biggest new PS4 features from recent system software updates.

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System software 5.50

Released on 8th March 2018, the latest PS4 system software update adds new Play Time Management controls for parents, more ways to manage your game library, new ways to create custom home screen wallpapers, and Supersampling mode for PS4 Pro.


Play Time Management

With this update we’ve extended the family controls made available in previous updates, which included restrictions on age rated games and movies, PSN wallet spending and access to online features.

Family managers and assigned guardians can now control how long each individual child family member can play for each day, and the specific days and times that they’re allowed to play games, allowing you to schedule Play Time sessions for any time that suits you.

This can be manged either directly from the family manager’s account on the PS4 console, or on PC or mobile device via the web portal.


Custom wallpapers from USB

Add a personal touch to your PS4 by using your own photos as wallpaper for your home screen. Just find your favourite picture of your cats, your most ridiculous selfie or anything else you want to use, add it to a folder named “IMAGES” on a USB stick and insert it into your PS4.

For the best results, your chosen images should be 1920x1080 resolution for PS4, and 3860x2160 for PS4 Pro.


More ways to stay organised

System software 5.50 adds improvements to your library, new features to your Quick Menu, and better ways to stay on top of your notifications.


New tabs & filters

Filter your library search results by games, apps and more, and sort all games in your library based on whether they’re installed on your HDD or not.

PlayStation Plus library

See all of your PS Plus games that you’ve installed on your PS4, or have been added to your library to download and play later.

Hide old content

Tidy up the ‘Purchased’ tab in your library by hiding old content, like beta trials and game demos.

Manage your notifications

Keep your notifications organised by selecting single or multiple alerts at once and removing them permanently from your PS4 – so you can stay on top of downloads, game invites and everything else that happens in your notification list.

Quick Menu improvements

  • Custom friends lists: Access your custom lists from the Quick Menu to see who’s online, and send them party invites or messages without having to leave your game.
  • Enhanced music controls: Get even more control over your music, whether it’s playing from Spotify or the PS4 media player.

Supersampling with PS4 Pro

Extra clarity with the supercharged PS4

Experience your PS4 Pro-enhanced games in even more stunning detail when you play on a non-4K TV. New Supersampling mode for PS4 Pro takes your game’s highest resolution and uses it in certain games to deliver sharper lines, smoother edges and refined details when downscaling the image to a non-4K TV.


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Family on PSN

More control for Parents and Guardians

Get set up as a Family Manager and you’ll be able to oversee everything your Family can play, watch and do online via the improved Family on PSN settings.

Replacing the previous master/sub account setup, you can now individually manage age-rated games and movies, control spending from your PSN wallet, restrict web browser and online access and more.

Family web portal

Alongside the launch of Family on PSN, you can now sign in to a dedicated web portal and manage your Family Members’ PS4 permissions from PC, smartphone, or from your PS4 settings menu.


External HDD storage

You can now connect any USB 3.0 storage device to your PS4, format it to the correct spec and download, install or move new games and apps onto it.

USB storage devices up to 8TB can be used, giving an incredible amount of space to save and organise your games.

Twitch 1080p streaming

Broadcast your gameplay or watch other players’ streams in 1080p HD and at 60 frames per second with PS4 Pro.

Messaging & Notification improvements

Share your favourite tracks from Spotify with your friends via PS4 messaging, and they’ll be able to listen to the track directly from the message and add it to their own playlists via the Spotify mobile app.

Friends list management

Create custom lists of all your PSN friends and arrange them into groups.


HDR support

All PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles now support HDR displays, bringing richer, more vibrant colours to supported games like Horizon Zero Dawn, FIFA 17 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

If you own a HDR-enabled TV, your PS4 will now be able to take full advantage of this to deliver a broader colour spectrum much closer to what the human eye can detect.


Your PS4 home screen, profile page and how you organise your games and apps are yours to personalise however you want.

  • Customise your home screen with a new background chosen from your gallery of in-game screenshots.
  • Update your profile with a fresh background image from your gallery of in-game screenshots.
  • Post status updates and share screenshots direct to your friends’ What’s New feed.
  • Organise your games and apps into custom folders, letting you arrange and group them however you like.

Take everything with you

Data Transfer

You can now easily move all your data - including games saves, personal settings and downloaded content – between your existing console and a new console using your home network. All you’ll need is a wired networking cable, your home router and access to the internet.

Get the latest update

Find out how to update your PS4 with the latest system software, and get the full list of changes and features.