Latest PS5 Beta Adds New Accessibility and Audio Enhancements, Social Features, and UI Improvements


In a major leap forward, today marks the rollout of an eagerly anticipated PS5 system software beta that unveils a plethora of groundbreaking features, designed to enhance user experience like never before. The new update encompasses a range of accessibility and audio options, social enhancements, and remarkable UI improvements, making it one of the most distinctive and user-friendly updates to date.

New Accessibility Features

The beta introduces groundbreaking accessibility features that enable users to employ a second controller as an assist controller, effectively allowing collaborative gameplay or assistance in navigating challenging game sections. Players can now utilize two controllers seamlessly, emulating the experience of using a single controller.

To activate this feature, simply navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Controllers > Use Second Controller for Assistance, and then switch on Use Assist Controller. This innovation supports the use of DualSense, DualSense Edge wireless controllers, and PS5-supported third-party controllers**.

Social Feature Enhancements

Party UI update

Moreover, the beta offers an unparalleled immersive experience through the addition of System UI Haptic Feedback. With this feature, players can enable haptic feedback effects while navigating the PS5 using DualSense, DualSense Edge, or PS VR2 Sense controllers. The haptic feedback physically manifests system sound effects, adding an extra layer of immersion for players with sight or hearing disabilities. Users can activate this feature by going to Settings > Accessibility > Controllers, and then toggling on [Haptic Feedback During Console Navigation].

Support for compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices

The audio experience on PS5 also receives a groundbreaking upgrade with support for Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices. Utilizing the power of Tempest 3D AudioTech, players can now enjoy 3D Audio on compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices like soundbars, TVs, or home theater systems. This feature ensures an even more immersive and captivating audio experience with enhanced audioscapes in PS5 games. To activate Dolby Atmos, simply navigate to Settings > Sound > Audio Output > Audio Format (Priority), and then select [Dolby Atmos].

In the realm of social features, the beta brings exciting new updates to the Party UI. Now, inviting players to a closed party will no longer automatically add them to the group or create a new group. Players can also send open or closed party invitations to groups, allowing for a more flexible and streamlined party experience.

Share Screen

Additionally, the Share Screen Preview feature grants users the ability to see a preview image of someone else’s screen in a party before joining, enhancing communication and coordination during gameplay.

Joining friends’ game sessions

Joining friends’ game sessions becomes more seamless than ever. The new Friends tab provides a quick and easy way to spot which friends are currently playing games you can join. The Joinable icon will indicate friends with joinable games, and you can join their game directly with just a few clicks.

Game Hub tournaments tile

Furthermore, the beta revamps the Game Hub tournaments tile, showcasing information on entered tournaments, the highest achieved position, and the start time for the upcoming tournament. Plus, the addition of emoji reactions to messages enables users to communicate with friends more swiftly and playfully.

Ease-of-use features

Search for games in your library and improved Game Help cards

In terms of ease-of-use, the beta incorporates practical enhancements such as the ability to search for games within your library and improved Game Help cards, offering a comprehensive overview of activities, objectives, and corresponding hints. Users can also browse the new Discover Tips section, providing helpful insights to maximize the potential of their PS5.

Mute PS5 beep sound

Additionally, users now have the option to mute or adjust the volume of the PS5’s beep sound when powering on or off, or when entering rest mode, offering greater customization and peace of mind.

Support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs

Not to be overlooked, the beta also introduces support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs, expanding storage space on the PS5 console up to an impressive 8TB, doubling the previous limit. Please note that M.2 SSDs must meet specific requirements to ensure compatibility, as outlined on the official PS5 website.

While access to the beta is limited to invited participants in select countries*, the global release of this groundbreaking update is expected later this year. If selected to participate in the beta, users will receive an email invitation today when the update becomes available for download. It’s essential to bear in mind that some features available during the beta phase may undergo further refinement or modifications before the final release.

In conclusion, the PS5 beta rolls out today with a remarkable array of accessibility and audio features, social enhancements, and UI improvements, delivering a unique and human-like experience for players worldwide. Prepare to be immersed in the unparalleled world of PlayStation gaming like never before!