Early adopters and fearless PlayStation firmware enthusiasts will get the first crack at Sony’s most significant firmware update to date. Those that signed up to beta test the latest version of the PlayStation 5’s software have been invited to check out some highly requested updates. These updates include storage expansion, 3D audio directly from the TV, and a number of UI enhancements. Being able to add more storage to the PS5 has become the most requested feature update to date. Hopefully, the update will not stay in beta for too long.
Storage Expansion Slot Unlocked Via PS5 Firmware Update
The beta PS5 firmware update unlocks the use of the NVMe M.2 Gen 4 SSD expansion slot. If that sounds complicated it’s because it is. For those looking for more storage, Sony has outlined the requirements here. It may take another year for the drives to become more affordable. Although if you are in desperate need of more storage, help is on the way. The PS5’s white clamshell cover pops off, revealing a door where the expansion drive can be inserted.
PlayStation’s Offical M.2 SSD Storage Expansion FAQ.
3D Audio From Your TV
Owners of the Pulse 3D headset and other high-end gaming headphones have become acquainted with the amazing 3D spatial audio output by the PS5. This latest PS5 firmware update adds 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers. This can be set up through the console’s system settings. The console uses the mic in the DualSense to calibrate the 3D audio.
When trying to Platinum Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, I found myself constantly bringing up the trophy list. The new Trophy Tracker will help users by allowing players to quickly access up to five trophies at a time through the control center.
PS5 Firmware Comes with Minor Updates To User Interface
The Control Center and Base Station can now be rearranged and personalized. There are also added options under the Friends tab in the Game Base. In addition to improvements on how PS4 and PS5 versions of games are displayed on the home screen.
There has been significant confusion when players insert a PS4 disc game, upgrade to the PS5 version, then end up clicking on and playing the PS4 version of the game. With most cross-gen games lacking a real-time save sync, progression can be a nightmare to carry over. Then there are games like Yakuza Like A Dragon, where there is no save sync at all.
Auto Capture Video On High Scores
If you were among the many that went back and forth with friends over high scores in Astro’s Playroom, Sony has a firmware update for you. Currently, you can set capture settings when you receive a trophy. That is being expanded to capturing video when you complete high scores and finish challenges.
Minor PSNow Resolution Update
Included in the PS5 firmware update comes the ability to toggle between 720p and 1080p resolution when streaming games over PlayStation Now. This may help improve stability on the faltering streaming library platform.