After beta testing another major PlayStation 5 firmware update in recent weeks, Sony is ready to introduce it to everyone, along with new versions of PS4 system software and PlayStation mobile apps. The PS5 patch is big because, 10 months after Sony released the console, the company finally unlocked the internal memory expansion slot for everyone.
Although you can store games on an external hard drive, you can’t boot PS5 titles from a USB stick. These drives are too slow for PS5 games. However, plug in a compatible M.2 SSD and you can use it just like the internal memory of a PS5 game system, PS4 titles and media applications. You can move games and applications between the internal memory and the M.2 SSD as desired.
However, it is important to note that no M.2 drive will work. You will need either one with a built-in cooling structure or to add your own refrigerator. Sony has several other requirements. We’ve put together a guide with details on the best SSDs you can buy for your PS5.
The update adds some other useful features, including 3D audio support for TV speakers, which you can activate via the sound menu. You will be able to use the DualSense controller microphone to measure acoustics and help choose the best setting for your space. There will also be equalizer settings for Pulse 3D wireless headphones.
Some key UI changes are also on the way as part of tomorrow’s update. It should be easier to tell if the game you installed is a PS4 or PS5 version. Each will be listed separately on the Installed tab on the Home screen and in the Game Library.
You’ll have additional customization options for the Control Center, including more choices about which controls to include in the bar at the bottom of the screen. You can move them, so if you want, place the power menu on the left. You will also be able to see and send messages to friends and pages from the Game Base section of the Control Center.
There are new screen reader shortcuts on the front of the accessibility. Press the PlayStation and Triangle buttons to turn the feature on or off, then press the PS and R1 buttons to have the tool repeat the last thing it said. PlayStation Now members can choose a resolution of 720p or 1080p, depending on the game, and there’s a tool to test your connection and hopefully it will help you solve the problem.
The console will also be able to automatically record clips of your “personal best” moments, such as achieving better times or achieving results when you compete in challenges. You can access these clips from the Media Gallery or the Challenge Card in the Control Center. In addition, there is a new trophy tracking device that allows you to see progress up to five trophies per game in the Control Center.
That’s not all though as Sony will release an update for the PS4 tomorrow. On the PS4 you will be able to see your PS5 trophies (as well as other PS5 awards). On both consoles you will be able to dissolve the party without removing individual people if you own the party.
On top of that, upgrades also come for PlayStation mobile apps. From tomorrow, you will finally be able to transfer games for PS4 and PS5 to your iOS or Android device via mobile networks, which is a feature that would definitely come in handy for visiting the park during the summer. You can customize video quality options to help you manage your data.
In the meantime, from September 23, you will be able to watch your friends’ PS5 Share Screen shows via the PS app. It can take up to a week before the feature becomes available via the Android version of the app, as Sony is gradually introducing it on that platform.
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