Sony has shared details on the latest PS5 system software which is rolling out in beta this week. The main new features of this update come in the form of various DualSense Controller enhancements. First off, Sony is improving the sound quality of the built-in speaker on the controller.
The patch notes say that after the update, the DualSense Controller will produce a higher volume of sound. Alongside the improved speaker volume, there are also tweaks to the noise cancellation. Sony says the company used AI machine learning to help improve the noise cancellation on the controller. As a result, button presses and background noise will be reduced.
- Controller speaker enhancements. The controller speakers can now produce higher volume sound, allowing you to hear in-game sounds and voice chat audio more clearly.
- Improved noise cancellation. The mic input quality on these controllers has been improved, courtesy of a new AI machine learning model. Background noise from button presses and game audio are suppressed, resulting in a better voice chat experience. Install the system software beta and update the controller device software to enjoy enhanced clarity of your voice chat audio when using the controller mic.
- With this update, you may feel that the sounds coming from your controller speaker may sound louder. You can adjust the controller speaker volume from the control center.
Outside of the DualSense Controller, the new PS5 system software also includes new Share Screen Interactions. In this feature, players can use pointers and emoji reactions to interact with a host’s gameplay.
- Viewers can move a pointer around, send a ping or draw a line on the shared screen, allowing them to highlight certain objects or areas to guide the host player more accurately.
- Viewers can send emoji-based reactions to the host’s screen to visually encourage and celebrate gameplay actions.
- Note: this feature is available by default but can be turned off by the host in the Share Screen settings. Both the host and the viewer must be participating in the beta to use this feature during the beta period.
Last but not least, Sony is giving players the option to turn off the PS5 power indicator. A new feature in the software update allows you to dim the power indicator and even turn it off completely. This means the power light strips on your console can be turned off so the collar won’t lighten up.
Of course, the PS5 system software is currently in beta which means it is only available in limited regions. This global release usually takes place a few weeks after the test kicks off. So we will likely see the update arrive near the end of February into March.
You can read about the update on the PlayStation Blog here.