Sony has revealed the details of the upcoming major PS5 system software rolling out in beta today. 

Highlights for this update are the support for Dolby Atmos-HDMI devices which is massive for audio nerds, and the ability to turn off the PlayStation 5’s beep. Plus, there are many social features updates, support for the assist controller, and more.

Support for Dolby Atmos-Enabled Audio Devices

  • Support for Dolby Atmos devices via HDMI: like soundbars, TVs and home theatre systems, will be supported with this new update. 

Tempest 3D AudioTech specifically renders to the Dolby Atmos audio devices in use – including overhead channels – allowing for even greater levels of immersion in the audioscapes of PS5 games.

Social feature enhancements

  • Party UI update. You can now invite a player into a closed party without automatically adding the player into 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 in a party that you can join, you’ll now see a preview image of their Share Screen, even before you enter the party.

  • Join friends’ game sessions easily. You can now easily see which of your friends are in an activity you can join under the [Friends] tab.

  • Game Hub tournaments tile. In the game hub, you can now see how many tournaments you’ve entered and the highest place you’ve achieved, as well as the start time for the next tournament. You can select the tile to see the full tournament list.

  • React to messages with emojis. You can now add reactions to messages with emojis, which makes communicating with friends quicker and easier.

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 you were using a single controller. This feature introduces a new way for you to enjoy games collaboratively with others or help a friend or child navigate a particularly challenging section of a game.

  • 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.

eASE OF USE features

  • Search for games in your library. You can now search for games within your game library.

  • Actitives changed. 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 now displayed on the right side of the card, 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.

  • Mute PS5 beep sound. You can now mute or adjust the volume of the PS5’s beep sound when turning it on or off, or putting it in rest mode.

  • 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.