The new PS4 update allows parents to limit the time their children spend gaming.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4

Sony unveiled the latest software update for the console this week and one of the new features includes the facility for adults to control the length of time the kids spend playing.

The new parental control feature means it is possible to set up certain hours during which paying is permitted - users will be automatically logged out when the time comes to an end. It also allows adults to keep track if the time their children have spent gaming.

Chris Byrne, content director at review site TTPM.com, which stands for toys, tots, pets and more, praised the update.

He told CNN: "Parents today are really trying to limit screen time for kids and contextualise it. This is a really nice, strong feature for parents."

Other new features include improved image quality for games played on HDTVs.

The "super-sampling mode" means that games which render to a higher resolution on a 4K TV will downscale to match the HDTV.

The update also gives users more ability to personalise their console, such as uploading their own photos to set as the wallpaper, new tabs make it easier to view recent purchases and users can make a custom friends list to see who is online.

Mat Piscatella, a games industry analyst at NPD, said: "Sony has also done a masterful job in promoting the console and in bringing new ways to play to PlayStation 4, such as PlayStation VR,"