PS4 System Update 5.0 Detailed, Includes 60FPS Twitch Streaming

We’ve gotten the first details for the recently announced system 5.0 update for PlayStation 4.

Chief among the updates are Twitch streaming at 1080p/60FPS fidelity on PS4 Pro, the console’s master and sub-account systems, and more. The new details come via Eurogamer, who detailed the coming system update’s notes.

Here’s a rundown on the update:

  • An overhaul of your console’s master/sub account system, the ability to follow any user, and the addition of notifications to the PS4’s quick menu.
  • Twitch streaming at 1080p 60fps will be limited to those with the 5.0 firmware update using a PlayStation 4 Pro.
  • As of 5.0, you will be able to follow anyone’s account, similar to the system on Xbox One. Currently you can do this just for verified accounts of note, such as the official accounts for games, and some individual developers and YouTubers. You’ll also be able to follow whoever you want without needing a friend request to be verified, and without filling up your friend limit.
  • For developers, the change is to “boost the viral potential of UGC”. In other words, when someone shares a cool video this will allow people following to see and share it further.
  • You will be able to choose if you only want existing friends or anybody to follow you. You can block users, too.
  • An expanded range of options for those who have “sub” or child accounts on their home console.
  • New family accounts will be able to feature multiple adult accounts in a family, able to act in a parent/guardian role and set parental controls on a per-account basis, so each child has different communications, content-viewing and spending limit privileges. Requests can also be sent to adult accounts on other PS4s to join the same family.
  • There will be a new web application to manage family accounts, and access parental controls/family membership options from your PC and smartphone.
  • System notifications will be visible from your Quick Menu so you don’t need to head back to your Home screen. You will also be able to check the status of your uploads/downloads here too.
  • Push notifications for events, spectator comments on screen while broadcasting in VR mode, the ability to link broadcasts to a PlayStation Community
  • Support for seven more languages: Czech, Thai, Greek, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Romanian and Hungarian.
  • Support for bundle and compilation discs, with or without add-ons, and discs which support games and add-ons (such as in a Game of the Year Edition) which don’t need developers to rework any code.

A release date for the 5.0 update isn’t confirmed at the time of publication.

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