Sony has announced the start of the PlayStation 5 system software beta program, with registrations now live for anyone that wants to test out new PS5 system features.
Registration is now open to PS5 owners aged 18 and over in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany and France. Just head to https://www.playstation.com/ps5/ps5-beta-program-sign-up in order to put your name in the hat.
if you are chosen, you’ll receive emailed instructions to download and install the beta PS5 system software, and will automatically be offered betas in future without having to register again. If things aren’t quite to your liking, you will be able to roll back your system software to the most recent official release version.
The first major PS5 update came out in April, adding support for external USB game back ups, cross-gen share play, tweaks to the Game Base chat set up, and more. They will be sharing more about what we can expect in the coming weeks, but we all know that one of the biggest features they’re working on is unlocking of the internal SSD expansion slot, closely followed by broadening support for the Tempest 3D AudioTech to run on surround sound systems and TVs.
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Sony regularly leant on the community to help beta test upcoming system software through the PlayStation 4 generation, right the way up to system update 8.0 last summer, where they previewed what ended up being quite controversial changes to the party and chat system ahead of the PlayStation 5’s launch.
On the Xbox side of thing, Microsoft has had a long-standing Xbox Insiders group, with those signed up to the programme managed in different tiers and getting staggered access through Alpha and Beta rings to upcoming software updates. Sony aren’t quite as freeform with their beta tests, instead aiming to deliver less frequent, but more substantial system upgrades.
Source: PS Blog