New PlayStation 4 firmware will bring 1080p/60fps Twitch streaming, better notifications and more

Matt Sayer 11 August 2017

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Sony is taking a few pages out of Microsoft’s book.

Details of the PS4’s upcoming 5.0 firmware update have leaked out ahead of schedule today, with Eurogamer getting its hands on the accompanying release notes.

According to the notes, firmware 5.0 will see PS4 Pro users able to stream gameplay out to Twitch at 1080p/60fps, bringing the feature up to snuff with Remote Play and Share Play on the Pro.

Sony is also taking a leaf out of Microsoft’s book by allowing you to follow any PS4 user on the PlayStation network without needing to send out a friend request or clogging up your friends list. Similar to the Xbox One, this lets you keep up-to-date with what popular streamers or industry personalities are playing and streaming on PS4. However, if you don’t want other people following you, you’ll be able to limit followers to just those people you approve.

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Notifications are also receiving a revamp similar to that of the next Xbox One dashboard. When pressing the PlayStation button on your PS4 controller to bring up the Quick Menu, you’ll be able to view system notifications and the status of ongoing downloads without having to close down your current game or app.

Finally, 5.0 will change the way child accounts work on PlayStation 4. Family accounts will support multiple adult accounts, each of which can adjust the parental controls on individual child accounts in the same family. Better yet, all parental controls will be accessible from a web application on your PC or phone, saving you from having to boot up the PS4 every time you want to approve your child’s game purchase.

Sony hasn’t announced a release date for firmware 5.0 yet, but Eurogamer believes it will launch soon along with a redesigned PlayStation mobile app.


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