PS5 system update for SSD support & more goes live tomorrow

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The Playstation 5 September System Software Update goes live tomorrow, Wednesday 15th September, bringing with it a raft of new features and changes for the new generation console. Support for M.2 NVMe expansion SSDs, 3D audio through your built in TV and (most importantly) a half decent UI for browsing trophies are all being added.

This is the public release of the beta system update that went into testing at the end of July.

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Before we dive in with more detail, here’s the bullet point rundown of what it does.

  • Enables M.2 SSD expansion slot
  • 3D Audio Support for Built-In TV Speakers
  • Control Center customisation
  • Enhanced Game Base
  • Game Library and Home Screen updates
  • Screen Reader controls
  • PlayStation Now resolution selector (720p or 1080p) and connection test tool
  • New Accolade Type: “Leader”
  • Automatic capture of “personal best” videos
  • New Trophy tracker
  • PS Remote Play App support over mobile networks
  • View Share Screen broadcasts on PS App (from 23rd September)

The new PS5 system software will finally enable the M.2 SSD slot that is included in every PlayStation 5, enabling you to upgrade the console’s internal storage. The PS5 supports drives between 250GB and 4TB in size, but they must have a sequential read speed of 5,500 MB/s or greater. Sony still does not provide a list of validated options and does not guarantee that a drive meeting this spec will work, but there’s half a dozen options out there, and plenty of people have tested them out using the beta.

Head here for Sony’s FAQ on the matter, but we also have a list of SSDs that should be compatible with the PS5.

Sony has released a video for anyone that wants to upgrade their console’s storage to follow:

 

Once installed, you can freely select the M.2 SSD as the default installation location under Settings > Storage > Installation Location, can can move items to the M.2 SSD through the Options button menu when selecting a title in the Game LIbrary.

As well as the M.2 SSD support, the PS5 beta software introduces Tempest 3D AudioTech support for built-in TV speakers. If you’re wondering how it works, the console will use the DualSense controller’s built-in microphone to measure the acoustics of the room in order to apply a 3D audio setting, once you’ve selected the option in the PS5 system settings.

The PlayStation Pulse Headset has a new system-level feature, letting you adjust the audio balance with an EQ under the Sound Controls.

For day-to-day use, the fundamental PS5 software is being enhanced with further customisation options. The pop-up Control Centre will now let you rearrange and choose the controls more freely, and you’ll have quicker access to view and write messages to other people from the Game Base section. You’ll also be able to see how many friends are online more directly.

PS5 September System Update

After months of mild confusion surrounding cross-gen games and the version of the game you are installing and playing, Sony has decided to throw the towel in and simply have the different PS4 and PS5 versions of games appear as individual entries in the home screen and the game library. The library will also default to the ‘Installed’ tab, so you can more quickly get to the games that are immediately playable on your console.

Oh, and Sony has also ditched the single silliest part of the PS5 interface: horizontal trophy lists. Trophies will now display vertically instead of horizontally, so you can actually see what each trophy is. You can track up to five trophies per game in a new Control Centre feature, which will also let you pin the trophies to the side of the screen when playing.

A PS4 system update has also gone live, adding support for viewing PS5 trophies on the older generation system.

Source: PS Blog

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5 Comments

  1. Sabrent recently showed off a heatsink for PS5 that replaces the M.2 bay cover panel. Being larger it should keep the drive cooler than other heatsinks that fit inside the bay. No mention of price or release date but could be worth a look.

    • Honestly, heat really is not a concern, and just a basic heat spreader will be more than good enough. The only time that these drives might, maybe get hot enough to throttle performance is during extended and intensive writes. The temperatures they will reach during regular gameplay won’t affect performance or lifespan.

      So yeah, get a heatsink/spreader, but don’t worry too much about it.

      • Just about everything I’ve heard says the same. That’s why I paired my Samsung 980 Pro with a bog standard (and fairly cheap) heatsink.

  2. The update is live now. Don’t panic if it installs and then does the database rebuilding thing and appears to hang with 4 seconds left and the big lights pulsing blue for a lot longer than those 4 seconds it claims it would take. It eventually starts up. And then pesters you with notifications about new features and a controller update (you might want to find where the end of that USB cable is while it’s installing)

    Messages for parties from the “game base” thing is a good improvement.

    Not sure how useful the trophy tracker is. You can track 5 trophies per game, and trying to add a 6th one just makes the first one added fall off the list. Seems like it might be useful for those games that actually report the progress on the trophy, but most don’t seem to have that feature yet. The general display of trophy lists is an improvement though.

    And the 3d audio for TV speakers is interesting. Not much use to me with a proper surround sound system, but I gave it a go. You have to set the “HDMI Device Type” to TV, and it sets the “priority” audio format to Linear PCM (which can confuse some things, so mine’s set to DTS anyway). And that priority applies to everything, even when you switch back from the TV speakers.

    But it does seem to do something. After unplugging the controller you just plugged in to update, it makes a noise that can only be described as a robot farting. Loudly. And it seems to have done something to the sound. Mostly just made it louder. Not a replacement for a proper surround sound system, but I suspect it’ll do at least as good a job of things as a TV with some pretend surround sound features. Probably better.

    The handling of games with PS4 and PS5 versions is a bit of an issue though. They now show up in the library with an icon for PS5 and PS4 (along with an unnecessary “2 items” bit). But now you’ve got select that, pick the version you want from 2 massive icons, and then press the play button. And then you end up with 2 separate versions taking up the very limited space on the home screen. Before, you had one icon there and could use the options button to select the version.

    So a few nice improvements, some stuff I won’t be using, and one horrible downgrade.

  3. Not much changed, this is all very disappointing. And that the PS Plus icon is in 3rd Position in the middle of my (still very short) list of games that are displayed on the dashboard adds insult to injury: Sony really uses some of that very little available space to advertise their products to me (which I actually already have, just on my other account). I hope I can move that one out of sight into the library…
    What I said earlier about that ridiculous PS4 update is confirmed here too: Sony may be good in hardware, but except for games, their software development is complete rubbish.

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