The PS5 is getting a software beta program so you can test out the latest features and update before they go live to everyone else. You can sign up for a chance to get into the program right now.
In order to be able to take part in the program, you must be at least 18 and living in the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, or France. If you get selected, you’ll receive an email explaining how to move forward and get the beta software on your system. You can restore your system to the public software once the beta period is over.
Once selected, you won’t have to go through the process of registering for future beta releases. However, you’ll only be included in a “potential participant pool,” which doesn’t always guarantee access to these betas. Given they are not finalized, you’re going into this at your own risk, but it does give you an opportunity to help Sony make the software better for everyone else.
While not everything was well and dandy from the start with the PS5’s software, it has gotten better since launch. For instance, the empty NVMe SSD slot inside the system–while still unusable–has been counteracted by Sony allowing you to store PS5 games on external drives until you’re ready to transfer them internally.