PlayStation 4 System Update 5.50 Gets Surprise Release, One New Feature Detailed

PlayStation 4's System Software update version 5.50 has gotten a surprise release this morning, and it brought a previously unannounced feature with it.

If you were planning on playing online games on your PlayStation 4 today and you don’t keep your console in rest mode, then you may have to wait a little bit. In a random surprise, Sony Interactive Entertainment released System Software Version 5.50 for its latest console, early this morning.

Version 5.50 clocks in at a couple hundred megabytes and should automatically start downloading as soon as you start up your PlayStation 4. Of course, if you keep your console in rest mode than it should already be downloaded.

For those that don’t know, while 5.50 is not a major update, it does add a ton of new features like a family manager to monitor a user’s playtime, a new PlayStation Plus tab, the ability to make wallpapers, cover images, etc. from a USB storage device, and a new Supersampling mode for PS4 Pro users, which essentially improves image quality even when on a lower resolution TV.

One small feature that was not originally detailed in the two initial reveals, was a brand new PlayStation VR icon next to game’s that support it on both the main menu and your library, which means you won’t have to guess as to what game’s utilize it anymore.

Update 5.50 was originally teased in January after SIE put out a notice that they were looking for beta testers. A few weeks later we got our first details about the update, and a couple days after that we got the full details.

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Tanner Pierce

Tanner Pierce is a Staff Writer at When he isn't writing, he is pursuing a major in Journalism at the University of Central Florida.

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