Sony has announced another beta version of updated software for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles. Users participating in the PS5 testing program will be the first to experience group chat updates, new interface settings and even the ability to control the console with voice commands, will experience .
According to the Sony blog, consoles such as smartphones or smart speakers will be able to respond to the “Hey PlayStation!” command. to find and launch games and applications, and control video or soundtrack playback. If the virtual assistant is not required, it can be deactivated in the settings. In the first phase, voice commands will only be available in English for US and UK users.
The changes also affect voice chats. From now on they will be called “parties” (literally – “teams”, “parties”) and the administrator can decide which of the chats is open to everyone like a real party, and which is only for friends by invitation. However, the feature is only available to participants in the beta test program for the time being.
Other new features are also supported, such as B. the ability to save certain games or applications on the home screen and other useful additions are also provided. For a complete list you can read the blog PlayStation teams.
Today, users who have been approved to participate in the program receive letters from Sony. The same applies to the beta version of the new firmware for the PlayStation 4, which has noticeably fewer innovations. For example, it will add the ability to control each player’s volume in chat, similar to the PS5.
Of course, Sony’s offering also includes the traditional bug warnings common to most beta releases. According to the company, PS5 and PS4 software updates will be made available to console users worldwide later this year.