The Latest PlayStation 5 Update Adds Accessibility, Audio, Expanded Storage And More
PlayStation 5 owners will see a notification this morning when they turn on their consoles, asking them to update the system software. This update adds fantastic features like remote play on more devices, including iOS and Android. I tried out many of these new features during the Beta last month and became very familiar with them. My favourite new feature the PlayStation 5 now offers is using a second controller for assistance. As a parent, this feature comes in handy and allows me to play games with my daughter and take over during some of the challenging parts of a game and not have to switch controllers.
The big highlights for the PS5 system update include
Dolby Atmos support on compatible devices
New Accessibility Features
Remote Play on Additional Android Devices
Share Screen Preview
I also noticed this morning that they have added DualSense Edge support for iOS remote play via an update. I’m still holding out one day that we will be able to get themes on our PS5s.
Below is a complete breakdown courtesy of the PlayStation Blog of the patch notes.
PS Remote Play support on additional Android devices
PS Remote Play allows you to stream games from your PS5 or PS4 console to another device – including smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android), PCs and Mac – over the internet or through your home network. This gives you more options to enjoy your favourite games even when you’re away from the living room.*
Starting today, the PS Remote Play app will be available on devices running Android TV OS 12.**
Here are the verified devices so far:
Chromecast with Google TV (4K model)
BRAVIA XR A95L model
To use Remote Play on these devices, search for the PS Remote Play app on your Android device to download and install the app.
New Voice Command options (U.S. and U.K. limited release)
Voice Command has been improved.
Say “Hey PlayStation, help” to activate Help content. You can now navigate between help content pages using Voice Command.
Say “Hey PlayStation, what’s new?” and you can now check for new PS5 features and see the current PlayStation Plus monthly games lineup.
Note: Voice Command (Preview) is currently available in English for PS5 players with accounts registered to the U.S. and U.K.
New PS App enhancements
Later this month, we’ll gradually roll out some new features for PS App globally, on iOS and Android. Like the PS5 console updates, you can react to messages with emojis and see a preview of someone’s Share Screen before joining the party on the PS App.
PS5 Beta features rolling out globally today
The global release will also include previously announced features that were part of the beta.
New accessibility features
Use a Second Controller for Assistance. You can now assign a second controller to one account as an assist controller and use two controllers to operate your PS5 console as if using a single controller. This feature introduces a new way to enjoy games collaboratively with others or help a friend or child navigate a particularly challenging section of a game.
To use an assist controller, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers] > [Use Second Controller for Assistance], and then turn on [Use Assist Controller].
You can use an assist controller when your main controller is a DualSense or DualSense Edge wireless controller or a PS5-supported third-party controller.***
System UI Haptic Feedback. You now have the option to turn on haptic feedback effects while navigating your PS5 with your DualSense controller, DualSense Edge controller, or PS VR2 Sense controller.
When enabled, system sound effects for specific events will also be reflected physically through haptics, such as moving focus, reaching the end limit of a scrollable section, checking a box, receiving a notification or starting up a game. This optional feature enhances immersion and is particularly useful for players with some sight or hearing disability who appreciate additional input feedback.
To turn on this feature, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers], and then turn on [Haptic Feedback During Console Navigation].
Support for compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices
3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech can now be enjoyed by those who own compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices such as soundbars, TVs or home theater systems. Tempest 3D AudioTech specifically renders to the Dolby Atmos audio device in use – including overhead channels – allowing for even greater levels of immersion in the audioscapes of PS5 games. ****
To turn on Dolby Atmos, go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] > [Audio Format (Priority)], and then select [Dolby Atmos].
Social feature enhancements
Party UI update. You can now invite a player into a closed party without automatically adding the player to the group or creating a new group. Additionally, players can now send open or closed-party invitations to groups instead of only individual players.
Share Screen Preview. When someone’s sharing their screen at a party you can join, you’ll see a preview image of their Share Screen even before you enter the party.
Join friends’ game sessions quickly. You can now easily see which of your friends are in an activity you can join under the [Friends] tab.
The Joinable icon will be displayed next to friends playing a game you can join.
You can join a friend’s game directly by pressing the options button and selecting [Join Game], or by selecting the ”Join” button on their profile card.
Game Hub tournaments tile. In the game hub, you can now see how many tournaments you’ve entered, the highest place you’ve achieved, and the start time for the next tournament. You can select the tile to see the complete tournament list.
React to messages with emojis. You can now add reactions to messages with emojis, which makes communicating with friends quicker and easier.
Search for games in your library. You can now search for games within your game library.
Game Help improvements. Game Help cards have been improved.*****
In addition to in-progress activities, you can now see available, previously available, upcoming, and completed activities.
When a card is selected, its details are displayed on the right side, making it easier to find objectives and their corresponding hints.
Discover new features. Browse useful tips for getting the most out of your PS5 and learn about new features in the new Discover Tips section.
Go to [Settings] > [Guide & Tips, Health & Safety, and Other Information] > [Guide and Tips], and then select [Discover Tips] to view all the tips.
Mute PS5 beep sound. You can now mute or adjust the PS5’s beep sound volume when turning it on or off or putting it in rest mode.
Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Beep Sound].
To adjust the beep sound volume, select [Volume].
To mute the beep sound, turn on [Mute Beep Sound].
Support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs
You can now use an M.2 SSD with a maximum capacity of 8TB (up from the previous 4TB limit) to expand storage space on your PS5 console.