Sony has recently announced a significant PlayStation 5 software beta testing. The update introduces Dolby Atmos support, expanded M.2 SSD storage support up to 8TB, and a range of UI improvements. This software beta is presently being rolled out in select countries, and based on Sony’s pattern, the beta features should be available to all PS5 consoles within the next few months.
Audio Enhancement with Dolby Atmos Support
The key addition to this software beta is Dolby Atmos support. In PS5 games, Sony’s 3D Audio implementation, Tempest 3D AudioTech, will be compatible with Dolby Atmos devices like sound bars, TVs, or home theater systems. Media applications such as Netflix are also expected to update their apps on PS5 soon to accommodate Dolby Atmos audio. Sony explains on a PlayStation blog, “Tempest 3D AudioTech specifically renders to the Dolby Atmos audio devices in use – including overhead channels – allowing for even greater levels of immersion in the audiotapes of PS5 games.”
Expanded M.2 SSD Storage
The PS5 currently supports up to 4TB of expandable M.2 SSD storage. However, this maximum is being doubled to an 8TB limit with this beta software. Although an M.2 SSD that meets the minimum requirements, primarily 5,500 MB/s or faster, is still necessary, the increased storage limit means even more storage options for PS5 owners.
User Interface Improvements
Sony is also introducing numerous UI improvements and some quality-of-life changes with this latest PS5 software update. Some of these updates include:
- Muting or changing the volume of the PS5 beep sound that chirps when you turn the console on or off, or when it enters rest mode.
- Enabling haptic feedback from a DualSense controller while navigating the PS5 user interface. Sound effects will trigger haptics with this option enabled.
- An accessibility feature that allows you to assign a second controller to one account as an assist controller.
Social Feature Enhancements
Sony is working on improving the social aspects of the PS5 with this update. The changes include:
- Inviting players into a closed party without adding them to a group.
- Sending open or closed party invites to groups instead of a single friend.
- The ability to see a preview of someone sharing their screen before you join a party.
- Adding emoji reactions for messages.
These updates are currently being rolled out for beta participants. As with all beta updates, there’s no guarantee that all these features will make it to the full release.
To become a beta tester for Sony’s PS5, you can sign up here. This specific update should roll out to all PS5 consoles in the coming months. in a staggered release pattern. Sony typically tests its new features in a controlled environment before introducing them to all users, ensuring that these enhancements function as expected on a larger scale.
New Accessibility Features
The new beta software aims to make the PS5 gaming experience more accessible. A standout addition is the assist controller feature. This accessibility tool allows users to assign a second controller to one account, turning it into an ‘assist controller.’ This feature proves beneficial for children, friends, or anyone who needs assistance completing challenging game segments or navigating the PS5 user interface.
Moreover, the software update includes haptic feedback while navigating the PS5 user interface, providing a tactile response for users as they move from one section to another. This feature, which can be turned on or off according to user preference, triggers haptic feedback when users reach the end of a scrollable section, thus offering a more immersive navigation experience.
This new PS5 beta update demonstrates Sony’s ongoing commitment to refining and enhancing the PlayStation 5 experience for gamers. By integrating user feedback and technological advancements, Sony continues to pave the way for more immersive and user-friendly gaming. While beta updates do not always guarantee features in the final release, they provide valuable insight into potential improvements and the future direction of the PS5 platform. PS5 owners and gaming enthusiasts alike can watch this space for more updates in the coming months.