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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  • totenglocke

    So, nothing of value.

  • Uncle Ocelot


  • Too bad that most games on the PS4 pro doesn’t run at 60fps.

  • Mr0303

    Nothing on that list really interests me. Hopefully they’ve decoupled notifications into categories like it was before.

  • artemisthemp

    Not the best update but Atless I have something to test on my Pro

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Still no ability to change your username.

  • sanic

    The human eye can only see at 30 fps so whats the point? That’s why they only set films at 24 fps.

  • MasonF2

    Never ever. You’re stuck with the dumb one you made at 17 for life.

  • Fear Me I Am Free


  • Eden

    I know the feeling…

  • And still nothing about any additional social networking support (ex. G+ despite the superiority thereof) and account-name changes.

  • “The human eye can only see at xFPS” is nothing more than a myth. The human eye is fully adaptable at seeing well above 30FPS, and films are set at 24FPS for their commercial value.

  • Are our Eyes Real?

    It was a joke.

    And films are mostly made at 24fps because on big theater screens anything higher makes you (or most people) sick and also because it makes everything look fake as fuck. Even though the human eye doesn’t see in frames and can be able to notice up to 1k FPS (if I remember right) you still don’t see real life as perfectly smooth like videogames at 60/144 FPS look. Just move your hand from left to right in front of you and notice how it looks blurry.

  • SevTheBear

    Yeah it balls alright :( Sony is just to damn lazy to fix that problem

  • SevTheBear

    Yup. Seen the Hobbit? They made it with 48fps. Looked weird as fuck. But I wouldn’t mind 30fps movies and shows to be honest.

  • Feniks

    Just a bunch of nu gamer bullshit. Twitch is some YT for gaming as I understand it? Whatever.

  • DizzyGear

    How about a interface for the store that’s not slow as fuck and completely unusable so i don’t have to reach for my laptop every time i want to buy something off PSN.

  • DizzyGear

    This site demonstrates the difference between 15, 30 and 60 fps.

  • Shinobu

    Do you live in a cellar in the North Pole?

  • Feniks

    No I play games, don’t care about the scene around it.

  • DizzyGear

    Its just some streaming service for games. One of its perks is that viewers can tip the streamer.
    It had its share of controversy’s like cam whores who didn’t even play games raking in cash, people streaming Senran Kagura getting banned and Yandere Simulator being banned from Twitch altogether with no reason given.

  • Mechonis

    This is a big nothing burger to me

  • JonahTHD

    What I would like is the ability to stream to Beam–sorry, Mixer and to be able to organize trophy lists alphabetically. (Like the games themselves, not the trophy lists within each game.)

  • totenglocke

    “And films are mostly made at 24fps because on big theater screens anything higher makes you (or most people) sick and also because it makes everything look fake as fuck.”

    No, films adopted the 24fps standard decades ago because it was the bare minimum for creating the illusion of real motion and the studios didn’t want to pay to use more film to record at a higher frame rate. The reason some people “feel sick” watching at other frame rates is because everything they watch is at 24 fps and they aren’t used to seeing anything faster for recorded video.