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PlayStation 5 Software Updates Brings M.2 SSD Support To Beta Users, Other Features Included In Patch Notes


While the clear contrasts between Xbox Series consoles and PlayStation 5 is namely in the software provided, much of the technological hardware that defines the new systems are closely identical. But what truly draws the line between the pair is what each system offers. On PlayStation, many features are still awaited to be shipped while Xbox users are accustomed to it already since last fall.

Namely, external SSD support for instance. While the drive port is there inside the console, it has yet to be enabled; locked behind a firmware patch. The same can also be said for 1440p support. But, Sony Interactive Entertainment did claim it will pursue the feature if demanded enough. Additionally, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support is another awaited feature that is also promised to be patch in at a later point.

Previously, Bloomberg reported that the slot for the M.2 drive is to be supported later this summer. In a new update in the PlayStation 5 Beta, Sony Interactive Entertainment tells support is being activated for users that signed-up. The Verge’s Tom Warren provides a full list of additional features available, but, clarifies requests for 1440p support & VRR has still yet to be answered.

Summing up the full list that was offered, namely features that are now enabled includes 3D audio supported for speakers. “You can also measure the acoustics of your room using the microphone on your DualSense wireless controller to apply the 3D audio setting that’s optimised for your room,” the notes shares. The Game Base/Control Center also received an update as well.

The addition includes the ability to rearrange controls for personal preference whilst the Game Base now enables users to view and send messages to friends. The Friends Tab also allows users to view friend activity as stated in the notes. Trophies also received an update which welcomes trophy tracker to a total of 5 trophies per game.

One major fix to the PlayStation 5 is categorizing the PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5 games. During its launch, it was reported that more than 100 titles were wrongly categorized or missing altogether. Not only in respected storage menu, but also on the PlayStation Store as well which affected how you purchase downloadable content as well.

Earlier this year, it was reported that PlayStation 5 is expected to face a redesign already. According to the piece from Video Game Chronicles that transcribed writings from DigiTimes, the reworking of the console is said to be specifically for the system’s components and ‘won’t feature any significant external changes.” You can read the full report by heading here.

What features are you most excited about coming to the PlayStation 5 beta?

Source: PlayStation Support

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