Sony has confirmed that the second major system software update for the PlayStation 5 is launching tomorrow (September 15), bringing with it some much-needed changes and improvements for the new-gen console.
Highlights include a greater focus on customisation, improved Remote Play features, and M.2 SSD storage expansion, which will finally allow PS5 players to store and play PS5 games, PS4 games, and media apps directly from the expanded high-speed storage. It's slightly mind-boggling this wasn't a feature at launch, but at least it's here now.
Check out a rundown of the key features below:
"Tomorrow, we're pleased to launch our second major PS5 system software update to all PS5 owners globally," Sony wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "The update includes a variety of enhancements to the PS5 console experience as well as 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers. It also features M.2 SSD storage expansion, which enables PS5 players to store and play PS5 games, PS4 games, and media apps directly from the expanded high-speed storage.
"We're also expanding mobile features with support for PS Remote Play over mobile networks starting tomorrow, and the ability to view Share Screen broadcasts on PS App beginning next Thursday, September 23."
The update will bring with a number of enhancements to the console's UX, finally allowing players to customise the control centre by swapping around icons, or even removing the ones they simply don't use. It'll also be possible to view and write messages to friends and Parties directly from Game Base in the Control Center.
Other quality-of-life improvements include PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game appearing separately in the "Installed" tab of the Game Library and on the Home screen, as well as an improved Trophy Tracker.
We can also expect 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers, which is maybe the part I'm most excited about. "Once enabled in the Sound menu, this feature transforms standard two-channel TV speaker audio into three-dimensional sound, heightening the sense of gameplay immersion," Sony explains. "Players can measure the acoustics of their room using the microphone on their DualSense wireless controller to apply the 3D audio setting that's optimized for their room."
To read the rest of what the incoming update has to offer, head here.
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