Major PS5 update comes today, brings SSD support and more
The next PS5 firmware update is out of beta, and Sony have announced it will launch globally today. In a Blog post a few hours ago, they presented the upcoming features of this Major Firmware update. A video also showcases the changes.
At the time of this writing, the update wasn’t available yet, but should be in a matter of hours.
PS5 Firmware update today – what’s new?
M.2 SSD Storage Expansion
Probably the most awaited feature for the PS5 is the possibility to expand storage with an additional SSD. The PS5 features a fast SSD already, but space is filling fast, in particular for those who have the digital edition of the console. Note that not all SSDs are compatible, and Sony have done a pretty good job explaining which models are compatible (link below).
Once installed in the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition console, M.2 SSD storage can be used to download, copy, and launch PS5 and PS4 games, as well as media apps. You can play PS5 and PS4 games directly from M.2 SSD storage and freely move games between storage options.
Important: M.2 SSDs must meet the minimum performance and size requirements outlined on this page. Using an M.2 SSD also requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure (such as a heatsink) that meets the dimensional requirements. Please read the page linked above carefully before purchasing any M.2 SSD or cooling structure for use with PS5.
3D Audio Support for Built-In TV Speakers
Not sure how well this feature will work on my regular TV, but Sony are bringing 3D Audio support for plain old speakers. Nice to see they’ll be using the DualSense mic as a clever way to do a “professional” setup.
The PS5 September Update adds support for players to experience 3D audio through their built-in TV speakers. Once enabled in the Sound menu, this feature transforms standard two-channel TV speaker audio into three-dimensional sound, heightening the sense of gameplay immersion.* Players can measure the acoustics of their room using the microphone on their DualSense wireless controller to apply the 3D audio setting that’s optimized for their room.**
PS5 UX Enhancements
This update will also bring some nice improvements to the GUI on the PS5. I’m particularly excited by the Control Center customization features, as I like a “clean” interface where the stuff I don’t use is not overly visible.
- Control Center customization. Players can now customize their Control Center more freely by rearranging or choosing which controls to hide or unhide at the bottom of the screen.
- Enhanced Game Base. Players can now easily view and write messages to friends and Parties directly from Game Base in the Control Center.
- Game Library and Home Screen updates. If you have PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game installed, they’ll now appear separately in the “Installed” tab of the Game Library and on the Home screen. Each game’s tile now also clearly indicates its platform.
- Screen Reader controls. Players can now pause or resume Screen Reader (Press “PS + Triangle buttons”) and have it repeat anything it reads (Press “PS + R1 buttons”).
New Gaming and Social Experience Customizations
- PlayStation Now resolution selector and connection test tool. PlayStation Now subscribers can choose between 720p or 1080p (depending on individual game) to accommodate their preferred video resolution for game streaming. A streaming connection test also helps them identify and troubleshoot any problems with their connection.
- New Accolade Type: “Leader.” Following an online match, players can award others with a fourth accolade type, “Leader,” which is visible on players’ profiles.
- Automatic capture of “personal best” videos. When players compete in challenges for a better time or a higher score and set a new personal best, a video clip of the action will automatically be recorded. Players can also share clips of their personal bests directly from the challenge card in the Control Center, or from their Media Gallery. Players have direct control over this functionality via their Captures and Broadcast settings.
- New Trophy tracker. We’ve added a new Trophy Tracker that lets players quickly access up to five trophies per game through the Control Center.
This update also comes with a minor update for PS4, as well as changes to the PS Remote play app, in particular the possibility to Remote Play over cellular networks.
You can see more details on the video below and at the source link.