Following the release of Sony's major 5.0 system software update in early October, the company has released a follow-up patch to fix bugs that have been cropping up over the past few weeks. But what does PS4 System Update 5.01 it entail? Here, we detail the features of PS4 system updates as they are released.

When is the PS4 system update 5.01 release date?

PS4 system update 5.01 was released weeks after the huge 5.0 patch, on 24 October 2017, and is now available to download around the world. 

How can I download PS4 system update 5.01?

If you've got access to a PS4, downloading system update 5.0 couldn't be easier. Simply sign in to your PSN account and head to Settings > System Software Update > Update if you're not prompted to install the update automatically when powering on your PS4. 

What's new in PS4 System Update 5.01?

Admittedly, the latest PS4 update isn't nearly as exciting as the 5.0 software update that landed in early October 2017. In fact, the only details Sony has provided about the patch come in the form of patch notes. The patch is said to "improve system performance" but doesn't go into much detail about what it fixes. It's only 357MB, so around average for a PS4 software patch. 

It may be a little light on features, but that's because 5.0 was so packed. You can find out some of the key features of System Update 5.0 below:

Family on PSN: New, customisable parental control settings that can be individually attuned for each child

Friend list management: Favourite Groups will be replaced by Custom Lists within Friends, to allow you to create custom lists of friends that play particular games, for example.

Broadcast feature updates: The ability to link your community to your broadcast has been added, PlayStation VR spectator comments have been improved, and PS4 Pro will support 1080p 60fps streaming on Twitch.

Messages improvements: Share music via messages using your PS4, and leave multiple message groups at once.

Notifications updates: Disable pop-up notifications while watching movie (FINALLY), and turn off message previews in notifications. You'll also be able to change the colour of the pop-up notifications to white or black.

Quick Menu updates: You can see the progress of your game downloads, new party invites and other notifications right from the Quick Menu rather than having to close your game in order to check. You'll also be able to leave a party from the Quick Menu. A clock has been added to the Quick Menu too.

Virtual Surround Sound on PSVR: PSVR will now support 5.1ch and 7.1ch surround sound on your headphones when watching Blu-rays and DVDs in Cinematic Mode.

Improved Tournaments Bracket Viewer.

New System Language Additions.

Carry on reading to find out everything about the PS4 System Update 4.5, which was released earlier this year and brought a variety of features.