PS4's latest firmware update is live for beta testers

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

At the beginning of August the details for the upcoming PlayStation 4 Software Update, 5.0, were leaked and it looks like that leak was fairly spot on for the most part. The 5.00 update addresses this is by overhauling and retooling the entire master/sub account system.

Those who were chosen to participate in the PS4 firmware 5.0 beta should receive an email with instructions on how to download the update and get started. 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.

Finally, the 5.00 update fixes an issue where administrative parental control features were applied to all accounts; with this new update, parental controls will only affect the desired account. This means two adults can act as Parent/Guardian and both will have access to the parental controls of individual children.

You can now create and edit custom lists of friends, arranging them into specific groups if you want. For example, you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites.

Users will be able to make Custom Lists for their friends on PSN. Users now get messages while they're broadcasting in VR mode, too.

If you use your console to broadcast, you'll be glad to know Sony is including some updates in 5.0 that'll suit your habits. And, as we mentioned earlier, the update will let PS4 Pro users stream on Twitch in 1080p at 60fps.

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A new setting has been added that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you're watching a movie or TV show on your PS4.

However, for everyday PS4 users, the ability to block pop-up notifications when playing video is long overdue.

Sony is also boosting the Quick Menu, bringing easy access to all notifications. If your friends are on PS4, they can listen to the track right inside the message by booting up Quick Menu, and if they're on their mobile device, they can jump directly to the Spotify app from the PS Messages app to check out the song.

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

The Tournament system has also been overhauled, adding to it a new bracket viewer that illustrates Single and Double Elimination Tournaments, making easier to see current tournament standings.

Lastly, the PS4 5.0 system update has added support for Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese languages for the user interface.

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