Sony has released a major software update for the PlayStation 5. The update adds support for Dolby Atmos technology, the ability to mute the sound when starting the console, support for high-capacity SSDs and the ability to connect a second controller as an additional controller and the ability to use the PS Remote Play application on Google Use Chromecast TV set-top boxes with Google TV (4K), allowing you to stream games from PS5 or PS4 to devices running Android TV 12.
Dolby Atmos support is implemented through Sony 3D Audio technology (Tempest Audio Tech). All compatible devices are supported including TVs, soundbars and home theater systems. Media services like Netflix may soon update their PS5 apps with Dolby Atmos support.
Users can also turn off the sound that plays when the console is turned on or off, as well as when it enters standby mode after a long period of inactivity. If necessary, you can also adjust the volume of this sound signal.
One of the most useful new features is the ability to use a second DualSense controller as a secondary controller. “You can now set a second controller on the same account as a secondary controller and use both controllers to control your PS5 console as if you were using a single controller. This feature gives you a new way to enjoy games with other users or help a friend or child master particularly difficult parts of the game.”said Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Users can now use M.2 drives with a capacity of up to 8TB with the console, whereas previously the options were limited to 4TB drives. Users will still need a drive that meets the minimum requirements, namely PCIe 4.0 support, but there will be more options for those who need additional storage space.
In this update, the developers have also implemented several interface improvements and changes to navigation through available menus. There is now support for enabling haptic feedback from the DualSense controller while interacting with the console interface. New features have been added regarding voice control. For example, a user can say “Hey, PlayStation, help” to find support pages, or “Hey, PlayStation, what’s new” to find out about all the new PS5 features.
Social aspects have undergone some changes. Users can now invite players to private groups without adding them to the group, and can also send private group invitations to all members at once. You can now preview how someone shared their gameplay stream before joining the stream. In the friends list, it is easier to see which of them are in groups, and emoji reactions to messages have been added for more lively communication.