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PS4's next update finally lets you squelch notifications during movies

18 August 2017

Just last week, the patch notes leaked for the PS4's major Update 5.0 that's on the way for all users of the system, revealing new features and alterations set to be brought about for the console in the near future.

As always, if you signed up and were one of the ol' chosen ones, you'll receive an email with instructions on how to download the beta and get started testing it out for Sony.

There's a smattering of other new additions, such as new system languages, notification tweets, PlayStation VR augments, and more.

The new "family on PSN" feature will enable users to set up PSN accounts for children and customize parental control settings for each user.

Family Manager, parents/guardians and child accounts: Each family on PSN will now have a Family Manager which can promote another adult in the family to be a parent or guardian which can customize parental control levels of each child account.

In a post on the PlayStation blog, Sony says: "We've added a new setting that allows you to disable pop-up notifications while you're watching a movie or TV show on your PS4". This way, "you can create a custom list of your Destiny teammates and easily send them raid invites", Kelly wrote.

There's also the opportunity to add Custom Lists within the Friends settings.

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Community owners can link their community page to broadcasts, giving spectators the community details.

A new setting for PSVR which can turn on spectator comments during a VR experience. Prior to the update this only occurred during cinematic mode, but now users will still be able to read and keep up with messages from viewers even when in VR mode.

Streamers that like to use the popular Twitch platform can now stream in full 1080p/60fps.

Good news Twitch users: with this update, PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch. "If you turn this setting off, the pop-up notification will hide the message senders' online ID and will display a generic user icon and message instead". Users can also choose between white or black as the color of pop-up notifications. If they're viewing the message on their phones through the PlayStation Messages app, the track will play on the Spotify app. The messages themselves can be also be turned off-meaning that a notification will still be sent, but a preview of the message will not be visible until the recipient actually opens the message.

Quick Menu updates: The Notifications tab, which shows download progress or new invitations, can now be accessed directly from the Quick Menu without leaving a game.

Rounding out the features list is virtual surround sound support (5.1ch and 7.1ch) for Blu-ray and DVDs in Cinematic Mode, a new bracket viewer for tournament standings and system language support for Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai and Vietnamese. If they're also on PS4, they can boot up the Quick Menu and listen to the track right inside the message.

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PS4's next update finally lets you squelch notifications during movies