PS4 5.0 firmware download leak details upcoming new features coming to Sony’s gaming console. Here’s what you need to know.

We’re used to hearing about leaks for some of the world’s biggest operating systems, such as macOS, iOS, Android, or Microsoft’s Windows, but not so used to seeing Sony’s PlayStation firmware leak ahead of time. However, that’s exactly what has happened with details of PlayStation 4 firmware 5.0 leaking into the public domain ahead of an official launch, giving device owners an insight into exactly what Sony is planning on bringing to the table with this release.

One of the most interesting parts of the PS4 5.0 firmware is that it instantly gives an insight into the fact that Sony is planning on introducing Twitch streaming at 1080p 60fps to those who have invested in the the more power PlayStation 4 Pro model. This is in addition to the fact that users can already use a PS4 Pro for 1080p access to Remote Play and Share Play style functionality within the system.

Interestingly, Sony will be using firmware version 5.0 to take a small leaf out of Microsoft’s book by almost mimicking a feature that currently lives on Xbox One. Rather than only being able to follow “official” or “verified” accounts which belong to gaming accounts or publishers, version 5.0 will introduce the ability for users to follow any account which, if Sony’s wording is to believed, is designed to “encourage more sharing of content and more interactions” throughout the platform. This new following behavior is also being added without the need for any friend or connection requests to be sent.

Sony is also following market trends by introducing new family account types which would allow a single individual to function as a guardian or admin of the account to change communication settings or to manage exactly how long a certain sub-account can spend online doing certain activities.

In addition to those major changes and improvements, Sony is also bringing a number of new refinements which will hopefully make using PlayStation 4 a lot better. As an example, system level notifications will now be accessible through the Quick Menu which negates the need to go all the way back to the Home screen to view. There are also new spectator comments which appear on the screen when in VR mode as well as instant support for a variety of new languages. Also:

More minor changes include push notifications for events, spectator comments on screen while broadcasting in VR mode, the ability to link broadcasts to a PlayStation Community, and support for seven more languages: Czech, Thai, Greek, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Romanian and Hungarian.

There’s no official release date for version 5.0 just yet, but we will make sure to bring you the latest information when we can.

(Source: Eurogamer)

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