The current console generation is almost done, with new consoles looming on the horizon, but it seems like things are not yet done, as the PlayStation 4 is apparently getting some highly requested features in the future.
Well-known insider Tidux recently revealed that gifting digital games bought from the PS Store will soon be possible. Other features like a time log for all games and pinning games on the dashboard are also coming.
Upcoming features for the #PS4 UI coming.
-Wishlist/Gifting for Ps Store -Trophy progression -Timelog/stats for all games -ability to pin games on dashboard
— Tidux (@Tidux) May 10, 2019
As of now, it’s not yet clear when these new features will be coming to the console. Sony has yet to announce a new major firmware update, so it’s likely that they will come with update 7.00.
The previous major PlayStation 4 firmware update, update 6.50, brought support for Remote Play on iOS and more.
- You can now enjoy Remote Play on iOS devices. You can use(PS4 Remote Play) to connect to your PS4 system from devices such as smartphones and tablets. Download(PS4 Remote Play) from the App Store
- You can now choose 720p when you broadcast using Niconico Live.This service is available only in certain countries and regions
- You can now change the button assignment to perform “Enter” operations from thebutton to thebutton. Select(Settings) > [System], and then select the checkbox for [UseButton for Enter].This option is available only for specific countries and regions.
PlayStation 4 firmware Update 6.00 also brought some new features like Custom Wallpapers and more.
Custom wallpapers from USB
One major feature that was included with the 5.50 update beta trial was the ability to customise the PS4 home screen with your own images from a USB stick.
To get started, save your pictures into a folder named “IMAGES” on your USB stick. Ensure this folder is at the top of the USB directory, i.e. not saved within another folder. Note the max image resolution is 1920×1080 for PS4 and 3840×2160 for PS4 Pro.
Then with the USB stick connected to your PS4, select Settings > Themes > Select Theme > Custom > Select Image > USB Storage Device. Once your image is selected you can zoom and crop it, all while seeing in real time how it looks on the home screen.
You can also customise the thumbnail of group message threads with images taken from USB. Select Messages > Select Message > Group Settings >Image> Change Image> USB Storage Device
Play Time Management
Another major update is Play Time Management. This feature gives Family Managers (and adult family members set as Guardians), the ability to control when and for how long each individual child can play for. Playtime can even be set to vary depending on the day of the week, for example you could allow your child to play for two hours between 4-7pm during the week and then for 4 hours between 8am-8pm on the weekend.
This joins a long list of parental management features already available, including the ability to individually set what each child in your family on PlayStation Network (PSN) plays, watches and accesses online. All these features can be accessed on your PS4 via Settings > Family Management.