PlayStation 4 adds team tournaments, 1080p streaming, pop-up control

AS THE PlayStation 4's system software reaches version 5.0, users can now form and join teams for up to 100 players, stream to Twitch in 1080p at 60 frames per second, and keep pop-up notifications hidden.

Teams and Team Tournaments have been added to the PlayStation 4's feature set as its OS moves to version 5.0, as detailed on the North American, European and Japanese PlayStation blogs.

Launched in conjunction with the ESL (also known as the Electronic Sports League), PlayStation 4 users can create teams that are up to 100 members strong, joining a maximum of 60 such teams at any one time.

Teams allow players to associate and strategize before casual play or competitive events, and while initial support is limited to birds eye view "Mantis Burn Racing," massively multiplayer mobile armor battler "World of Tanks" and the multiplayer modes from "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" and "Uncharted: Lost Legacy," the ESL's involvement indicates that ambitions stretch further.

The Team Tournaments feature is to go live on Oct 5.

Also thanks to the 5.0 update, the PlayStation 4 Pro can now stream to the Twitch.tv online video platform in high definition 1080p and at 60 frames per second, while an overhauled suite of parental controls should make it easier to set appropriate age levels for games, Blu-rays and DVDs on a per account basis, and users can follow any other account (privacy settings permitting) rather than just verified accounts.

With the update rolling out of beta and into general distribution, all PlayStation 4 users can now exert greater control over how notifications present themselves.

Pop-ups could show when friends send messages or downloads finish: notifications in general can now be left on but suppressed during video playback, while previews can be truncated and anonymized; all notifications are being corralled within a Quick Menu option that can be accessed from within a game, as can a Leave Party option that means players can swiftly duck out of a chat group when it suits them. — AFP Relaxnews