Here’s Everything In Sony’s New Massive PS5 Update, Launching Tomorrow

By Paul Tassi, Contributor
A Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, taken on October 29, 2020. (Photo by Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images) Future Publishing via Getty Images

It’s been tested and re-tested, and finally it’s ready to launch. Sony is giving the PS5 a rather large update tomorrow, which will change many aspects of the console and open up new accessibility in certain areas.

Sony has released a blog talking about the changes coming to the system after being tested in beta, which should make the PS5 better on the whole, though there’s stuff coming for PS4 and Sony’s mobile apps too.

This is the second major update for the PS5 since launch, and here’s what you’re going to find tomorrow.

  • Players can now customize their control center by rearranging or hiding controls at the bottom of the screen.
  • In game base, players can now easily view and write messages to friends and parties directly.
  • PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game are being separated out from each other and are more clearly labeled.
  • PS Now is getting a resolution selector and connection tester.
  • A new Trophy Tracker lets players quick access five trophies per game.

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  • The PS5 will now have 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers, which can be changed in settings. Headsets have already had this functionality since launch.
  • The PS5 can now expand its storage capacity with M.2 SSDs, which can be installed in either edition of the PS5. The drives must meet a very specific set of requirements and needs a heatsink that meets size requirements for the console. There is an entire FAQ page about how to get the right SSD and install it with this new support.
  • Remote Play can now use mobile data when there’s no Wifi. To manage mobile data, you can select your preferred video quality for streaming.
  • A week from Thursday, an update will allow players to view friends’ Share Screen broadcasts together, which only works on PS5.

So, those are the major updates, and as you can see, there are a few big ones in there, including the ability to finally expand PS5 storage with a new SSD. The current one has already been feeling small for many players for a while, so that’s good to see.

I also like the changes to separating out PS5 and PS4 versions of games, as that has been confusing since the jump, and it’s good it’s getting labeled more clearly. It does seem like they’ll need to go a little further with UX changes, as most importantly, I want the ability to get the giant full page ad off my screen when I start up my console every time, but that does not appear to be changing as of this update, only the control center adjustments. But that’s welcome too, I suppose.

In any case, it’s a big update, so prepare to have your system install it tomorrow.

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