Sony is officially rolling out the second major PS5 system software update to all owners globally tomorrow, September 15th, and it includes support for the M.2 SSD storage expansion. The feature has been available in a beta test program since July but Sony is now ready to roll it out to everyone.
To expand the PS5’s SSD, players will need a compatible M.2 SSD with PCIe Gen4 sequential read speeds of 5,500MB/s or faster. You also need to consider the cooling system by adding your own heat sink or getting an SSD with its own built-in cooling system. After expanding the SSD, you will be able to store, launch and play PS5 games directly from it.
Until now, 3D audio, a PS5 feature was only available via the use of headphones but Sony is now letting you enjoy the experience via your TV’s built-in speakers. The PS5 system software update brings 3D audio to your TV by transforming the audio into a three-dimensional sound thereby creating an immersive gameplay experience. Players will be able to measure the acoustics of their room using the microphone of the DualSense controller to apply the right 3D audio setting. Sony is also adding equalizer settings to the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset so players can customize their sound profile.
The September system software update brings improvements to the PS5’s user interface. In the Game Library, games are now clearly labelled so you know whether it’s the PS4 or PS5 version in the Installed tab. The Control Centre can now be customized so you choose what to hide and how at the bottom of the screen. Players can now see messages from parties and also write to friends directly from the Control Centre’s Game Base. For Screen Reader, players can now pause or resume (Press “PS + Triangle buttons”) and also let it repeat things (Press “PS + R1 buttons”).
Tomorrow’s update will add new gaming and social experience customizations to the PS5. Sony is introducing a fourth and new accolade “Leader” to online gameplay so players can award themselves. PlayStation Now subscribers can now choose from either a 720p or 1080p resolution and there is also a new online tool to troubleshoot connection problems. There is a new Trophy Tracker in the Control Centre to quickly access up to five trophies for each game and the PS5 will now automatically capture players “personal best” videos when players achieve a milestone.
Players can now use mobile data connection with the Remote Play app on iOS and Android when a WiFi connection is not available. Sony recommends at least a 15Mbps connection speed for the best experience to enjoy the remote play. From Thursday, September 23rd, Sony will roll out a global update to the PlayStation app adding the ability to allow users view their friends’ Share Screen broadcasts together amongst other app enhancements.
Finally, players can now view their PS5 trophies on their PS4 profile and Trophy List. PS4 owners will also be able to view their friends PS5 trophies on the PS4. Party creators can now end Parties without removing players individually on the PS4 and the PS5.
The PS5 system software update launches globally tomorrow for all PS5 owners.