Sony has released an important firmware update for users in its PlayStation 5 system software beta program. It adds numerous improvements to the console interface, among other adjustments. The PS5 beta now allows users to enable 3D audio support through TV speakers, which can be further optimized using a DualSense controller.
“You can also measure the acoustics of your room using the microphone on your DualSense wireless controller to apply the 3D audio setting that’s optimized for your room,” says the beta notes–which was spotted by The Verge.
the PS5 software beta has a HUGE amount of changes. Here’s the full list (pause the video to read each section) pic.twitter.com/0eTk8tdsIS— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 29, 2021
Beta update 2.0–04.00.00 also includes more personalization options for rearranging or choosing controls in the Control Center interface, adds a message-writing function for friends and parties from the Game Base, and adds more management options to the Friends tab. An irritating issue was also addressed, were a PS4 version of a game would be downloaded instead of the PS4 edition.
“Under the [Installed] tab, each game’s tile now clearly indicates its platform (such as PS4 or PS5),” the beta notes detail. “Also, just in your games home screen, different platform versions of a game will now appear separately.”
A trophy tracker will allow players to access up to five trophies per game through the Control Center. Trophies will also provide more information, as they will be displayed vertically by default.
PlayStation Now is adding 720p and 1080p options for streaming, alongside a new automatic video clip for PS5 users when they’ve completed a high score challenge within a game.
Parental controls have been updated as well, so parents will now be notified via the PS5 or the PlayStation app when their child requests to play a game or communicate online.
Finally, Sony has made it easier to set up an internet connection and has added another stability update for the DualSense controller.
On the hardware side of things, the PS5 beta is finally enabling the use of the internal SSD expansion.
The PS5 has become the fast-selling PlayStation console in the company’s history, and they announced earlier this week it’s sold over 10 million units since its release.