New PS5 Update Launches Globally Tomorrow

The second major update for the PlayStation 5 will be released to all PS5 owners globally tomorrow.

Lets look at what’s new in the update.

PS5 UX Enhancement

The first area the update focuses on is new UX enhancements features. The changes will make the game content and console experience much better for the players.

Players will also be able to customize the Control Center by choosing which controls to hide or unhide, or rearranging them.

Players will also be able to easily view and write messages to your friends or parties directly from the Game Base in the Control Center.

Gaming and Social Experience Customizations

There is a new accolade type called “Leader” which players can award to other players or friends whom you play online matches together. The accolades will be visible on the player’s profile.

When players challenges for their best time or a highest score and set a new personal best, the video clip will be automatically recorded. The players can share those clips directly from the challenge card in either Control Center or Media Gallery.

The players have direct control over this feature from Captures and Broadcast settings.

There is a new Trophy Tracker that comes with the new update. Players are now able to access up to five trophies per game from the Control Center

PlayStation Now subscribers are now able choose between 720p or 1080p to accommodate their preferred video resolution for game streaming but it depends on individual games. A streaming connection test can also be done to identify and troubleshoot any problem with their connection

3D Audio Support for Built-In TV Speakers

The new update allows players to expeience 3D Audio through their built-in TV speakers. This can be enabled in the Sound menu.

This feature transforms standard two-channel TV speaker audio into three-dimensional sound which heightens the sense of gameplay immersion. Players can measure the acoustics of their room using the microphone on their Dualsense controller.

In addition, players who have a Pulse 3D Wireless Headset are now able to access equalizer within Sound Controls which allows them to customize the sound profile

M.2 SSD Storage Expansion

With the update, PS5 players around the world can finally expand the their PS5 storage with a M.2 SSD. This is the only solid state drive that be installed in both PS5 console and the Digital Edition.

Players can use the M2 SSD storage to download, copy and launch PS4 and PS5 games and as well as other media apps. You are able to play PS4 and PS5 games directly from the M.2 SSD storage and can freely move games between storage options.

It is important to note that not every M.2 SSD can be installed to the PS5. M.2 SSD’s must meet the minimum performance and size requirements which are outlined on this page.

In addition, the M.2 is required to have an effective heat dissipation with the cooling structure (i.e heatsink), that should also meet the dimensions required. It is advisable to read the page which is linked above carefully before buying any M.2 SSD or cooling structure for the PS5.

You can check the video below to learn more about how to install an M.2 SSD in your PS5 console

PS Remote Play App and PS App Enhancements

Using the PS Remote Play app, players can remotely stream and play both PS4 and PS5 games, switch between games, and browse the console’s menu.

Players now have the option of using a mobile data connection when WiFi is not available. If you are using a Broadband internet connection, at least 5mbps is required but for the best experience, a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 15 Mbps is recommended.

When using mobile data to play to manage the amount of data being used, the players are able to select their preferred video quality for mobile data streaming.

From 23rd September 2021, a new PS app update will begin to rollout globally which allows users the ability to view their friends’ Share Screen broadcasts together. 

If you want to start, you can join a party voice chat from your mobile device with a friend who’s playing on a PS5 console. Then ask your friend on PS5 to start their Share Screen broadcast.

However, only players on PS5 can broadcast via Share Screen. The andriod version of the update is a phased release, hence it may take one week until the update is available on your mobile device.

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