Sony has started rolling out the PlayStation 5 system software beta program to select users in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, Germany and France. The beta program enables the PS5’s internal M.2 SSD expansion slot which Bloomberg earlier reported will be rolling out this summer.
It is recommended by Sony that a compatible M.2 SSD will have a PCIe Gen4 with sequential read speeds of 5,500MB/s or faster. There are a couple of M.2 SSDs in the market with that specification such as the Samsung 980 Pro, Western Digital SN850, Corsair Force MP600, Seagate Firecuda 530, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, among many others. Apart from this, Sony notes “using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in.”
Sony says it cannot guarantee that all M.2 SSDs that meets the required read speeds of 5,500MB/s or faster and the effective heat cooling system “will work with your console and assumes no responsibility for the selection, performance or use of third-party products.” Even after you have successfully installed the M.2 SSD in the PlayStation 5’s expansion slot, you may not get the “exact same performance” as when playing games with the internal PS5 SSD.
The beta software also brings other update and improvements which includes 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers. This is made possible by using the DualSense controller to measure a room’s acoustics in order to apply a 3D audio setting. This feature can be enabled under the sound menu in the PlayStation 5’s system settings. Additionally, there are more control customization options in the Control Centre. The Game Base will now let you message friends and parties and you can also see how many friends are online.
Another key issue Sony is addressing with the beta software is the differentiation of games. PS5 and PS4 games will now be labelled accordingly on the home screen and game library. The beta update also adds a trophy tracker for easy access to up to five trophies per game from the Control Center. There is now an option to choose between 720p and 1080p on PlayStation Now streaming service and the ability to enable new automatic video clips in challenges for high scores when playing games. The beta software update is also rolling out to select users in the US, Canada, UK, Japan, Germany and France.