The PlayStation 5’s latest software update brings a range of exciting new features. One of the highlights is the enhanced 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech, which can be enjoyed on compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices. This feature was initially introduced in a beta update released in August and is now available to all PS5 users.
Dolby Atmos Support
With the new Dolby Atmos support, players can now enjoy a fully immersive gaming experience. This feature lets you hear your games in true surround sound and feel like you’re in the middle of the action. The addition of Dolby Atmos support means that the PS5 now unlocks peak performance for games that support the feature. So, if you have a Dolby Atmos-compatible sound system, you’ll be able to enjoy a more immersive 3D audio experience.
The Mute Function
Another feature that comes with the update is the option to mute your microphone. This feature is especially useful for gamers playing in public spaces or those who prefer to play solo. By muting your microphone, you can avoid the annoying background noise when you’re not chatting with friends or fellow gamers.
Enhanced Social Features
Sony’s PS5 update also includes enhancements to the social features of the console. You can now join or create parties with ease, thanks to a more streamlined process. Also, the Party Chat feature now comes with improved audio quality, which makes it easier to communicate with fellow gamers.
Game Base Shortcuts
Navigating through games and apps can be tedious, especially if you’re looking for a particular feature or game. This update adds more Game Base Shortcuts, which makes it easier to access frequently used features. These shortcuts include, but are not limited to, the ability to join parties, play games, and customize your profile.
Turn off the Startup Beep
The PS5 has an eager beep when you turn it on, which can get quite annoying, especially for early morning gamers who don’t want to wake up the whole house. Thankfully, the new update has added the option to turn off the startup beep. It’s a small but much-welcomed feature for those looking for a more peaceful gaming experience.
Another significant improvement is the support for larger capacity M.2 SSDs. The console now allows the use of SSDs up to 8TB, doubling the previous limit of 4TB, as long as they meet the compatibility requirements. Additionally, gamers can now assign a second controller as an assist controller, making it easier to help others conquer challenging levels and bosses.
The update also includes enhancements to the console’s social features. When you’re invited to a closed party, you won’t automatically be added to the group, giving you more control over your interactions. If someone is sharing their screen in the party you’re joining, you’ll see a preview of it before jumping in. The update also allows you to send party invitations to multiple players simultaneously and lets you see which friends are engaging in activities you can join.
In terms of streaming capabilities, the update enables you to stream PS5 or PS4 games from devices running Android TV OS 12. Sony has confirmed compatibility with the 4K Chromecast with Google TV device and the BRAVIA XR A95L model smart TV. For users in the US and UK, new voice commands have been added, allowing quick access to help pages and checking for the latest features and PS Plus lineup.
Lastly, the update allows you to mute the beep sound that the console makes when turned on or off. This is a useful option for those who want to game without disturbing others. Simply navigate to Beep Sound under System in Settings to adjust the volume or mute it altogether.