Sony updates PS5 consoles with a lot of features and improvements

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The latest PS5 software update includes the addition of Dolby Atmos, the ability to mute the startup beep, and support for using a second controller to assist friends or family in completing a game. Sony is also extending the compatibility of its PS Remote Play app to Google’s Chromecast with Google TV (4K), enabling game streaming from a PS5 or PS4 to devices running Android TV OS 12. Finally, the Sony BRAVIA XR A95L of TV will also support Remote Play.

Sony is also enhancing its support for expandable M.2 SSD storage by raising the limit to 8TB for compatible drives. While you still need to ensure your M.2 SSD meets the necessary requirements, this expanded limit provides PS5 owners with a wider range of storage options.

Furthermore, Sony is introducing several UI enhancements and making some general navigation adjustments. One notable addition is the ability to activate haptic feedback from a DualSense controller while navigating through the PS5 user interface. Enabling this option will result in haptic feedback when shifting focus from one section to another, as well as when reaching the end of a scrollable section.

Voice commands have received updates as well. You can now use “Hey PlayStation, help” to locate support pages and “Hey PlayStation, what’s new?” to discover all the new features in PS5 updates.

Sony’s incorporation of Dolby Atmos support is integrated into their 3D Audio implementation known as Tempest 3D AudioTech. This feature is designed to work seamlessly with Dolby Atmos devices, such as sound bars, TVs, and home theater systems. Additionally, media applications like Netflix are in the process of updating their PS5 apps to include Dolby Atmos audio support.

Probably the best part of this update is the capability to employ a second DualSense controller for assistance. Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, elaborates, “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.”

Finally, there are some good updates coming to the social features of PS5. You will have the option to invite players to a closed party without including them in a group, as well as send open or closed party invitations to entire groups rather than just individual friends. Additionally, you can now preview someone sharing their screen before joining a party, and it’s more convenient to identify which friends are currently in parties through the friends tab. Sony is also introducing emoji reactions for messages.

The update rolled-out on September 13.

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