- Sony has released a new system software update for the PlayStation 5 with enhancements to accessibility, audio, and social features.
- With the update, users can transmit audio to Dolby Atmos-enabled devices and assist friends and family with their games by connecting a second controller to the console.
- The update comes with expanded PS Remote Play support to include Android TV OS 12 devices.
Sony has announced a wave of new features for the PlayStation 5 as part of the latest system software update to arrive on the console. The new features will enhance gamers' experience of the platform as it provides improved accessibility, new audio options, and a new and improved method of communicating with fellow gamers.
The update came at the best time possible time with the recent expansion of the PlayStation Plus catalog, the unveiling of Deep Earth Collection covers, and the news that Roblox will launch on the console next month.
The PS5 update arrived on Wednesday barely a month after Sony began testing the changes in beta. Along the update, Sony also expanded support for PS Remote Play, which will allow users to stream games from their PlayStation consoles to more devices than ever before. Additionally, it adds support for Dolby Atmos HDMI devices. This new feature comes in the form of Sony's 3D Audio implementation: the Tempest 3D AudioTech. With this technology, the PS5 can transmit audio signals to Dolby Atmos-enabled devices like soundbars, television sets, and home theatre systems as well as overhead channels.
Secondly, the update provides an option for you to pair a second controller to your console as an assist controller. What this means is that you can pair an extra controller to your console and use both as a single controller. With this feature, you can directly influence an ongoing game and assist friends and family in completing them.
The new PlayStation 5 update also introduces an improved voice command. This lets you activate the video game's Help content by using the command, "Hey PlayStation, help." You can also check out new PS5 features as well as the current PlayStation Plus monthly games lineup with the command, "Hey PlayStation, what's new?"
Furthermore, the new update gives users the option to enable haptic feedback effects if they use a DualSense controller, Dualsense Edge controller, or PS VR2 controller. With this feature, they can physically feel those events, via haptics, that were previously communicated through sound alone. These events include moving focus, checking a box, and receiving a notification. We especially like this update because it improves accessibility for people who have a sight or hearing disability.
Sony's new update also adds a few social feature enhancements. There is a change to the Party UI that allows you to "invite a player into a closed party without automatically adding the player into the group or creating a new group." If someone is inviting you to a party, the update also includes an option to see a preview image of their before you accept.
You can also react to messages with emojis, join a game your friend is playing, as well as keep tabs on tournaments, from your performance to the start date of the next tournament, through the Game Hub tournaments tile.
Players now have a larger storage capacity for their games. Before the update, the PlayStation 5 could SSDs with 4TB storage capacity at most. However, that has now increased and gamers can use an M.2 SSD with a maximum capacity of 8TB.
By the way, the update's improved PS Remote Play support means that besides PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets – both iOS and Android, you can also stream your PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 to Android TV OS 12 devices, including Sony's Bravia XR A95L and Google TV (4K).