Sony is pushing the boundaries again with its latest PlayStation 5 (PS5) software beta. The tech giant is now testing new features, including Dolby Atmos support and significant storage enhancement with up to 8TB of M.2 SSD storage.
These features, along with an array of user interface (UI) improvements, are currently under beta testing in select countries.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the new features.
Dolby Atmos Support for Immersive Audio Experience
The most notable addition in this PS5 software beta is the support for Dolby Atmos, a leading technology that offers immersive audio experience in gaming and media applications.
Sony’s 3D Audio implementation, known as Tempest 3D AudioTech, will be compatible with Dolby Atmos devices such as sound bars, TVs, and home theater systems.
This compatibility extends to media apps like Netflix, which can update their apps on PS5 to support Dolby Atmos audio.
PlayStation 5 Beta Expanding Storage Capabilities
The new beta software also brings a substantial enhancement to the PS5’s storage capacity. While the console currently supports up to 4TB of expandable M.2 SSD storage, the maximum limit has been doubled to 8TB with the new beta version.
With more storage options available, PS5 owners will have greater flexibility in managing their gaming content.
UI Improvements and Quality of Life Changes
Sony is not just stopping at audio and storage enhancements; the beta also introduces several UI improvements and quality-of-life changes.
One of these features allows users to mute or adjust the volume of the beep sound that the console makes when turned on or off.
Additionally, Sony introduces a new haptic feedback feature for the DualSense controller while navigating the PS5 user interface.
Sound effects triggered by moving focus from one section to another or reaching the end of a scrollable section will now provide tactile feedback.
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Enhanced Social Interaction and Accessibility Features
Further enhancing the user experience, Sony also brings improvements to the PS5’s social features. Users can now invite players to a closed party without adding them to a group and send party invites to groups instead of just a single friend.
Also, users can preview someone sharing their screen before joining a party – a feature similar to popular communication platform Discord.
The beta also introduces a new accessibility feature, enabling users to assign a second controller to one account as an assist controller. This feature can assist children or friends who need help completing challenging parts of a game.
Sony continues to innovate and enhance the PS5 gaming experience through these updates.
While these features are currently in beta, they are expected to roll out to all PS5 consoles in the coming months.