Latest major PS5 Update adds support for 8TB M.2 SSDs

Sony’s trying its best to make the PlayStation 5 even better. They can achieve this by rolling out updates that not only improve security, but also bring new features. Sony has just released a brand new software update for the PlayStation 5 and it does have a good number of new and interesting features for the console.

Best of all this update is now available to all users globally. You will be getting the update to your console automatically or you manually check for them. Enough said, let’s take a look at what the new update has in store for the PlayStation 5 owners.

The new update for the PS5 now lets you add the PS Remote Play service on a good number of additional Android smartphones. There are also new voice command features but these are limited only to the US and the UK as of now. There are also certain improvements with the PS App for smartphones.

PS Remote Play 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 Macs – over the internet or through your home network. This provides you with more options to enjoy your favorite 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.

UK and US Only Voice Commands

  • 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 Beta Update Features Rolling Globally

A certain number of features were being tested out by PlayStation 5 beta testers in select regions around the globe. Now, everyone can get these features that have been available for the beta testers for a long time.

New PS5 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. 

  • 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.
Use a Second Controller for Assistance

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 certain events will also be reflected physically through haptics, such as moving focus, reaching the end limit of a scrollable section, checking a box, or when you receive a notification, or start up a game. This optional feature enhances immersion and is particularly useful for players with some level of sight or hearing disability, who appreciate the additional feedback on their inputs.
  • To turn on this feature, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers], and then turn on [Haptic Feedback During Console Navigation]

Support For Audio Devices With Dolby Atmos

  • 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 the Dolby Atmos audio device in use – including overhead channels – allowing for even greater levels of immersion in the audio scapes of PS5 games.
  • To turn on Dolby Atmos, go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] > [Audio Format (Priority)], and then select [Dolby Atmos].
Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices support

New Social Features

  • 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 that you can join, you’ll now see a preview image of their Share Screen, even before you enter the party.
Share Screen Preview after PS5 update
  • 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.
    • The Joinable icon will be displayed next to friends who are 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 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.
React to messages with emojis ps5 update

New Ease of Use Features

  • Search for games in your library. You can now search for games within your game library.
Search for games in your 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 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.
    • Go to [Settings] > [Guide & Tips, Health & Safety, and Other Information] > [Guide and Tips], and then select [Discover Tips] to view all the tips.
Discover new features tips
  • 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.
    • Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Beep Sound].
    • To adjust the beep sound volume, select [Volume].
    • To mute the beep sound, turn on [Mute Beep Sound].

Larger Capacity M.2 SSD Support

While you could earlier upgrade the internal storage of your PS5 with 4 TB M.2 SSDs, you can now simply swap one out and install an 8TB M.2 SSD. However, you will have to ensure that the M.2 meets select requirements that have been laid down by Sony in the first place.

This is the complete changelog for the new update that has just been released for the Sony PlayStation 5. If you haven’t received the update automatically, you can follow these steps to check for the updates manually.

How to Check For Updates on PS5

  • Using the Control, navigate to the Settings option, followed by System.
  • Now, select the System Software option followed by System Software Update and Settings.
  • When an update is available you will see an Update Available option on your screen.
  • Finally, select the Update System Software option. Your PS5 will download and install the brand-new update right away.

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