Sony Releases New Beta Software Update for PS5, Many Essential Features Added

Sony has released a new beta version of the PS5 operating system that adds Dolby Atmos compatibility, allows for up to 8TB of M.2 SSD storage, and makes other UI upgrades. Sony has begun rolling out the beta in certain countries today, and as is their custom, all PS5 consoles should have access to the beta’s features within a few months.

 Today, we’re thrilled to roll out a new PS5 system software beta that introduces new accessibility features as well as audio options that allow 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech to be enjoyed on compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI devices such as sound bars, TVs, or home theater systems. The beta also includes more options to quickly find games and console tips, new ways to connect with other players and customize your multiplayer sessions, and support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs (up to 8TB).


The new update has numerous added features which have been listed down below.

  • Support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs (up to 8TB)
  • Use a second controller for assistance
  • System UI haptic feedback
  • Support for compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices
  • Party UI update
  • Share Screen preview
  • Join friends’ game sessions easily
  • Game Hub tournaments tile
  • React to messages with emojis
  • Search for games in your library
  • Game Help improvements
  • New Discover features
  • Mute PS5 beep sound

Previously, the PS5 could only accommodate up to 4TB of expandable M.2 SSD storage, but with the new beta update, Sony is doubling that limit to 8TB. Even though you’ll still need an M.2 SSD that fulfills the minimal standards (about 5,500 MB/s or faster), PS5 owners now have twice as many storage alternatives as they did before.

Dolby Atmos

If you have a soundbar, TV, or home theater system with an HDMI port, you can now experience 3D Audio powered by Tempest 3D AudioTech.

To turn on Dolby Atmos, go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] > [Audio Format (Priority)], and then select [Dolby Atmos].

Enabling Dolby Atmos | PlayStation

The current PS5 software update also includes a number of user interface and quality-of-life updates that Sony has been working on. The PS5’s chirping beep, when powered on/off or entering sleep mode, can now be muted. Sony also provides a simple volume adjustment for the beep.

The PS5 user interface will now have the option to incorporate haptic input from a DualSense controller. When this option is activated, you’ll receive haptic feedback whenever you move the focus to a new location and scroll to the end of a section.

  • When enabled, 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 additional input feedback.
  • To turn on this feature, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers], and then turn on [Haptic Feedback During Console Navigation].

Second Controller Assistance

Sony has also implemented “Second Controller Assistance” in this update, which will let you link a second controller to your account and use it as an assist controller. This function allows two controllers to be used as though they were one, which is great for playing with a friend or helping a child.

  • To use an assist controller, go to [Settings] > [Accessibility] > [Controllers] > [Use Second Controller for Assistance], and then turn on [Use Assist Controller].
  • You can use an assist controller when your main controller is a DualSense or DualSense Edge wireless controller or a PS5-supported third-party controller.**
Adding a Second Controller | Sony

Sony is also working to enhance the PS5’s online features. Players can now be invited to a closed party without being added to a group, and you can also invite an entire group to an open or closed party instead of just a single friend. You may now see a friend’s screen share before accepting their invitation to a party, and it’s simpler to check which of your friends are currently in parties from the friends page, just like in Discord. Message responses can now be sent using emoji on Sony devices.

You may register for Sony’s PS5 betas on this page, and this upgrade will reach all PS5 systems in the coming months.


Farhan Ali

Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.