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Sony reveals more Playstation 4 OS Update 5.00 features in new beta

Selected testers will today begin trials of the next major version of Sony’s Playstation 4 system software update 5.00, from friend list management through to virtual surround sound on PS VR and more.

Sony advises its new update “brings with it a number of exciting features for PlayStation 4, including Family Accounts, as well as updates and improvements to friend list management, broadcast, messaging, the introduction of virtual surround on PlayStation VR” and plenty more still yet to be revealed.

The announced new features are as follows:

Families on PlayStation Network

“The existing master/sub-account system is being redesigned to be more family friendly. This new ‘family on PSN’ system will offer a more flexible experience, make it easier to set up PSN accounts for children, and customise parental control settings for each family user.”

Friend list management

“In place of the current ‘Favourite Groups’ tab, a new ‘Custom Lists’ tab on the ‘Friends’ screen is being added. This will allow users to create and edit custom lists of your friends and arrange them into specific groups, based on the games you play, or groups of friends you like to hang out with online.”

There are also some Broadcast feature updates. There are as follows:

Communities

“Users can now link their community to their 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 into a user’s community page to check out the details or join.”

PlayStation VR

 “A PlayStation VR: ‘Display Message to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments’ setting has been introduced. Once this is enabled, spectator comments sent during a broadcast are displayed not only in cinematic mode, but also in VR mode – so users will be able to read comments and interact with spectators from within your PS VR headset.”

PlayStation 4 Pro

“Good news for Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.”

Virtual surround sound on PS VR

“PlayStation VR now supports 5.1ch and 7.1ch virtual surround sound through headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, making for an even more immersive viewing experience.”

There’s a full list of upcoming features for system software update 5.00 over at the PlayStation Blog, including message improvements, notification updates, quick menu updates, an improved tournaments bracket viewer and updated language support to read about.

Details and imagery here.

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