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Sony’s new PS5 update includes Dolby Atmos

What To Know

  • This update introduces several noteworthy enhancements, including the integration of Dolby Atmos technology, the option to silence the somewhat vexing boot-up chime, and the ability to pair a second controller as an assisting device to aid friends or family members in conquering challenging gaming segments.
  • Furthermore, Sony is expanding the reach of its PS Remote Play application to include Google’s Chromecast with Google TV (4K), enabling the streaming of PS5 or PS4 games to Android TV OS 12-equipped devices.
  • In a welcome addition, users can now mute the distinctive PS5 beep, which sounds off during console power-up or shutdown, as well as when it enters rest mode after a period of inactivity.
  • As Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, explains, “You can now designate a second controller to a single account as an assisting controller, enabling the operation of your PS5 console with two controllers as if they were a unified input device.

Sony unveils a substantial new update for the PS5 today, following a month of rigorous beta testing. This update introduces several noteworthy enhancements, including the integration of Dolby Atmos technology, the option to silence the somewhat vexing boot-up chime, and the ability to pair a second controller as an assisting device to aid friends or family members in conquering challenging gaming segments.

Furthermore, Sony is expanding the reach of its PS Remote Play application to include Google’s Chromecast with Google TV (4K), enabling the streaming of PS5 or PS4 games to Android TV OS 12-equipped devices.

The incorporation of Dolby Atmos support is realized through Sony’s 3D Audio implementation, known as Tempest 3D AudioTech, and is fully compatible with Dolby Atmos-equipped devices such as soundbars, televisions, and home theater systems. Notably, media applications like Netflix will soon update their PS5 apps to offer Dolby Atmos audio support.

In a welcome addition, users can now mute the distinctive PS5 beep, which sounds off during console power-up or shutdown, as well as when it enters rest mode after a period of inactivity. For those who prefer a more subtle adjustment, there is now an option to customize the volume of this auditory signal.

Sony Releases New PS5 Update with Exciting Features

One of the most practical inclusions is the capacity to employ a secondary DualSense controller for collaborative gameplay. As Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, explains, “You can now designate a second controller to a single account as an assisting controller, enabling the operation of your PS5 console with two controllers as if they were a unified input device. This feature introduces a novel means of collaborative gaming or assisting a friend or youngster in navigating through particularly arduous segments of a game.”

Furthermore, Sony is elevating its support for expandable M.2 SSD storage to accommodate drives with capacities of up to 8TB. While adhering to the prescribed minimum requirements for M.2 SSDs remains a prerequisite, this expanded limit provides PS5 users with a broader array of storage options.

The latest PS5 software update also encompasses several user interface (UI) enhancements and general navigation refinements. Users now have the option to activate haptic feedback from a DualSense controller while traversing the PS5’s user interface. This feature engenders tactile responses when transitioning between different sections, in addition to providing haptic feedback when reaching the end of a scrollable section.

Voice commands have undergone enhancements as well, introducing the ability to employ phrases like “Hey PlayStation, help” to access support resources and “Hey PlayStation, what’s new?” to discover the latest features in PS5 updates, such as the one being discussed here.

The social aspects of PS5 are not overlooked in this update. Users can now invite players to a closed party without the necessity of adding them to a group, while open or closed party invitations can be sent to groups, rather than to individual friends exclusively. Additionally, users can preview screen sharing before joining a party, and identifying friends within parties has been streamlined. Sony is also incorporating emoji reactions for messages.

Expanding its reach further, PS Remote Play support is now extended to an array of additional Android TV devices. The PS Remote Play application is now accessible on Android TV OS 12 devices, encompassing the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) and Sony’s Bravia XR A95L.

In sum, Sony’s latest PS5 update ushers in a host of improvements and features that enhance both the gaming and user experience. These enhancements span across audio, usability, and social interaction, providing users with an enriched and more versatile gaming ecosystem.