Latest PS5 system update yields immediate performance gains

Version 21.01-03.21.00 is now available to download for all PlayStation 5 owners.


Who doesn't like it when Sony drops a new PS5 firmware update? It just released a 902.4MB update for the PlayStation 5 one month after the previous patch. It now brings the PS5 up to version 21.01-03.21.00.

Sony stealthily dropped version 21.01-03.21.00 for the PS5.

If you're curious to see what the latest PS5 system update brings, we've got you covered.

What's new in version 21.01-03.21.00 for the PS5?

"Better system performance".

That's what version 21.01-03.21.00 adds to the PlayStation 5 as soon as you download and install it.

The patch notes are not long, nor are they glamorous. The patch doesn't even add a firmware update for the DualSense controllers. It's just for the PS5, which isn't a lot.

However, as is the case with Sony, this might not be all the changes that were made and added. Sony tends to quietly fix issues, like what it did back in April, to address the disc spinning issue on some PS5 consoles.

Last month, Sony added the version 21.01-03.20.00 update to the PS5, fixing the battery indicator bug that made the battery icon blink constantly as if it were low in battery, even though it was on a full charge.

Speaking of the April PS5 update, that was Sony's first major system software update for the PlayStation 5. Now, players can finally store their PS5 games on external USB drives. At the same time, the April PS5 update added cross-gen Share Play that allowed PS5 users to let PS4 owners play PS5 games remotely.

What's next for Sony?

The latest State of Play overshadowed Sony's recent PS5 update.

Sony's latest system software update for the PS5 came with little fanfare. You can't exactly blame owners for not paying attention to what is essentially an inconsequential update for the PS5. Not to mention, the PS5 update came roughly on the same day as the July 2021 State of Play showcase.

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Speaking of State of Play, Sony just dropped more information about Death Stranding Director's Cut and Deathloop at the said event.

It certainly seems like this is Sony's plan going forward.

In previous months, we've seen Sony host State of Plays that revolved around one particular game while also revealing more information about other "smaller" titles. For example, before Deathloop, the last State of Play centered around Horizon Forbidden West. Before that, Sony hosted a State of Play showcase specifically to show off Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

If we were to hazard a guess, the next State of Play should drop more details about the unnamed God of War sequel.

Ray Ampoloquio
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