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The PS4 update to FW 5.50 is now available to all, kernel exploit patched

The PS4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)
The PS4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)
The update to firmware 5.50 on the PS4 is finally open to the general public. The update brings supersampling mode to owners of the PS4 Pro, and parental controls that allow you to monitor hours logged by your kid on their console.

Owners of the PlayStation 4 have a system update on their hands again. Sony released the beta update to firmware 5.50 a few weeks ago but all users will finally be able to download and install the update now.

The update itself doesn't bring a slew of features to the system. Certainly not major UI changes or the highly-anticipated feature that's supposed to detail hours spent on games. It does, however, bring the new supersampling mode to owners of a PS4 Pro. Supersampling allows PS4 Pro users who don't have the game connected to a 4K display to be able to get an extra boost in visuals. 

There's also parental control. The new feature allows family managers to monitor and control the amount of time their wards can spend gaming on the console. It can be controlled remotely, of course, and works by allocating hours to the user account of the child. Comes in handy if you don't want your kid messing around on their PS4 all the time. 

Some other minor features include the abilities to jump to the other end of the menu by tapping the L1 or R1 button, clear notifications, hide downloaded content in the library, and customize the menu background.

On the dark side of the fence, the update to 5.50 patches the kernel exploits on previous firmware, so users who plan on jailbreaking anytime in the future will be better served not updating.





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Ricci Rox, 2018-03-12 (Update: 2018-03-12)