Firmware update 5.0 isn’t available for the general public just yet, but that’s not stopped information about what it contains making its way onto the internet. According to release notes obtained by Eurogamer, the PlayStation 4’s forthcoming update 5.0 will enable PS4 Pro owners to stream in 1080p and 60FPS on Twitch, along with the ability to follow anyone’s account, friend or not. It’ll also expand account control to manage children’s account privileges.
When the update is installed, users will be able to follow anyone’s account, regardless of whether they’re friends or not. At the moment users can only follow verified accounts of developers, games and YouTubers. Sony is apparently making this change to ‘encourage more sharing of content and more interactions’ and this will help developers ‘boost the viral potential of UGC’ (or ‘user-generated content’). You can, thankfully, prevent people from following you if you don’t want them to.
More options have been added for those with family or sub accounts and these will allow multiple adult accounts within a family to implement parental controls on a ‘per accounts basis’, so little Timmy can’t shoot up zombies on COD or maim pedestrians on GTA V anymore. Parental controls can also be managed from a new web application on mobile or PC.
There are other changes too, including support for more languages, system notifications being accessible from the Quick Menu, and changes to push notifications for events. There’s also a new PlayStation App coming alongside the firmware, which is good because the current app is pretty bad.
There’s no word on when we can expect to receive the 5.0 firmware other than a vague ‘in the near future’.