Sony is rolling out the new PS5 beta software to testers in the US, UK and Canada. The beta includes a wide range of new features expected to arrive publically in the coming months. Of course, the biggest addition here is Dolby Atmos support for soundbars, TVs and sound systems.
Up to now, Sony has leveraged its own so-called “3D Audio” feature on the console. Meaning if you had a Dolby Atmos sound system, you weren’t able to take advantage of the up-firing speakers and other surround sound features on the equipment. The new PS5 beta is adding Dolby Atmos support to the console allowing 3D Audio-supported games to utilise overhead channels when enabled.
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By the sound of things, Dolby Atmos will work hand-in-hand with Sony’s 3D Audio. So if a game supports 3D Audio, it will support Dolby Atmos. The support will likely enable Dolby Atmos on other streaming apps such as Netflix and Applen TV.
The PS5 beta also comes with other new features. There’s a new System Haptics setting which enables vibrations when you’re navigating around the PS5 UI. There’s also a new Second Controller for Assistance feature that lets users assign a second controller to one account so a parent can help a child with their controller while the child plays with the second controller.
Sony is also adding larger M.2 SSD support to the PS5. You’ll now (when the beta is out) be able to install an up to 8TB SSD on the console. This was increased from the previous 4TB limit.
Here’s the full changelog of features headed to the beta. You can expect a full release within the next few weeks.
New Accessibility Features
Use a Second Controller for Assistance. You can now assign a second controller to one account as an assist controller, and use two controllers to operate your PS5 console as if you were using a single controller. This feature introduces a new way for you to enjoy games collaboratively with others or help a friend or child navigate a particularly challenging section of a game.
- To use an assist controller, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers] > [Use Second Controller for Assistance], and then turn on [Use Assist Controller].
- You can use an assist controller when your main controller is a DualSense or DualSense Edge wireless controller, or a PS5-supported third-party controller.**
System UI Haptic Feedback. You now have the option to turn on haptic feedback effects while navigating your PS5 with your DualSense controller, DualSense Edge controller, or PS VR2 Sense controller.
- When enabled, system sound effects for certain events will also be reflected physically through haptics, such as moving focus, reaching the end limit of a scrollable section, checking a box, or when you receive a notification or boot up a game. This optional feature enhances immersion and is particularly useful for players with some level of sight or hearing disability, who appreciate the additional feedback on their inputs.
- To turn on this feature, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers], and then turn on [Haptic Feedback During Console Navigation].
Support for compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices
3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech can now be enjoyed by those who own compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices such as soundbars, TVs or home theater systems. Tempest 3D AudioTech specifically renders to the Dolby Atmos audio devices in use – including overhead channels – allowing for even greater levels of immersion in the audioscapes of PS5 games. ***
- To turn on Dolby Atmos, go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] > [Audio Format (Priority)], and then select [Dolby Atmos].
Social feature enhancements
Party UI update. You can now invite a player into a closed party without automatically adding the player into the group or creating a new group. Additionally, players can now send open or closed party invitations to groups instead of only individual players.
Share Screen Preview. When someone’s sharing their screen in a party that you can join, you’ll now see a preview image of their Share Screen, even before you enter the party.
Join friends’ game sessions easily. You can now easily see which of your friends are in an activity you can join under the [Friends] tab.
- The Joinable icon will be displayed next to friends who are playing a game you can join.
- You can join a friend’s game directly by pressing the options button and selecting [Join Game], or by selecting the ”Join” button on their profile card.
Game Hub tournaments tile. In the game hub, you can now see how many tournaments you’ve entered and the highest place you’ve achieved, as well as the start time for the next tournament. You can select the tile to see the full tournament list.
React to messages with emojis. You can now add reactions to messages with emojis, which makes communicating with friends quicker and easier.
Search for games in your library. You can now search for games within your game library.
Game Help improvements. Game Help cards have been improved.****
- In addition to in-progress activities, you can now see available, previously available, upcoming, and completed activities.
- When a card is selected, its details are now displayed on the right side of the card, making it easier to find objectives and their corresponding hints.
Discover new features. Browse useful tips for getting the most out of your PS5 and learn about new features in the new Discover Tips section.
- Go to [Settings] > [Guide & Tips, Health & Safety, and Other Information] > [Guide and Tips], and then select [Discover Tips] to view all the tips.
Mute PS5 beep sound. You can now mute or adjust the volume of the PS5’s beep sound when turning it on or off, or putting it in rest mode.
- Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Beep Sound].
- To adjust the beep sound volume, select [Volume].
- To mute the beep sound, turn on [Mute Beep Sound].
Support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs
You can now use an M.2 SSD with a maximum capacity of 8TB (up from the previous 4TB limit) to expand storage space on your PS5 console.
Source: PS Blog