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New PlayStation 5 Software Beta Includes Support For Dolby Atmos Device & Larger M.2 SSD Drives

Posted on July 31, 2023 by Nick Moreno

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In recent time, the PlayStation 5 continues to break expectations in terms of its record sales. Since the release back in late 2020, the system has been on a steady rise to being one of the fastest-selling consoles thus far. Recently, a report broke out confirming that PlayStation 5 has already exceeded more than 40 million units sold and the momentum has likely ceased.

Additionally, there is ongoing reports for more unit iterations in the near future too. In that, information that surfaced from the Microsoft V FTC hearings revealed both a ‘Slim’ & ‘Pro’ version of the PlayStation 5 is due to release in late 2023 and 2024 respectively. On top of that, this year is also to close out with more devices as the PlayStation 5 Access Controller will ship in December.

This week, PlayStation 5 welcomes a new beta client which adds more player-requested features to ultimately enhance the experience from Sony. One of the biggest highlights is the ability to finally use Dolby Atmos 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.

Hideaki Nishino, Sony Interactive Entertainment Senior Vice President of Platform Experiences

Even more, other nods from this beta patchwork also nods to large M.2 SSD drives up to 8 TB is also mentioned. “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,” the post reads. There is also improvements for accessibility for a second controller to pose as an assistant controller.

Another cool nod is using DualSense Haptic Feedback while navigating the menu. “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.”

What is your take from this new PlayStation 5 beta?

Source: PlayStation Blog

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