The next major PS5 software update has been revealed and here are all the new features

PlayStation has announced that the next major PS5/PS4 software update will go into beta tomorrow and focuses on party change, gameplay base and accessibility changes as well as a US exclusive feature/ UK currently which will allow you to control your console with just your voice.

While it doesn’t look like Australians will be able to beta test this update, Sony has confirmed that it will be available to all PS5/PS4 owners worldwide later this year.


New group chat options

In response to community feedback, we’ve made a few updates to the Parties system:

  • Open and closed games (PS5 and PS4 beta)
    • When starting a party, you can now select either an open party or a closed party:
      • An open party allows your friends to view and join the party without an invitation. Friends of group members can also join.
      • A closed party is only for players you invite.
    • To note: in Game Base on PS5 and Party on PS4, if you select [Open Party] when starting a party, only players using the PS5 or PS4 system software beta will be able to join. To start a group that non-beta players can also join, select [Closed Party].
  • Voice Chat Reporting Feature Update (PS5 Beta)
    • If you want to flag something someone in a party said, there are now visual indicators to let you identify who was speaking. This will help PlayStation Safety take appropriate action based on your report. You can learn more about this feature here.
  • Share Play Update (PS5 Beta)
    • Start Share Play directly from the voice chat card. You no longer need to share the screen first to use Share Play.
  • Voice chat volume (PS4 beta)
    • You can now individually adjust the voice chat volume for each player in a party on PS4, just like on PS5.

PS5 game base improvements

  • Voice chats are now called parties. For easier access, we’ve split the Game Base menu into three tabs: Friends, Groups, and Messages.
  • From the Game Base menu and control cards, you can now:
    • See all your friends under the [Friends] in the control menu, or access the player search function and friend requests via the links on this tab.
    • Add a player to a party or create a new party directly from Game Base in Control Center. You can also send text messages, quick messages, pictures, video clips and view group shared media from this card.
  • When a member of a group shares their screen, you will now see the (on air) icon.
  • We’ve made it easier to decline friend requests by adding a [Decline] button to your friend request list.

New PS5 UI Features

  • Filter by gender
    • We’ve added an option to filter your game collection by genre, allowing you to quickly find specific types of gaming experiences.

  • keep at home
    • You can now keep any games or apps you choose on your home screen by selecting “Keep Home” with the (options) button.
    • You can keep a maximum of five games and apps on each home screen with this feature.
  • Increase of applications on the home screen
    • You can now display a total of 14 games and apps on your home screen.
  • Updated Trophies UI
    • We’ve updated the visual design of trophy cards and the list of trophies. You can also see suggested trophies to earn on the trophy tracker and access them from the control center every time you play a game.
  • Start Share Screen from the Create menu
    • From the Create menu, you can now start a share screen and stream your game to an open party.

New accessibility features

  • More screen reader languages
    • The screen reader, which reads text on the screen aloud and provides spoken instructions for using the console, is now supported in six additional languages: Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish and Korean.
    • This expands screen reader support to 15 languages, including the current ones (US English, UK English, Japanese, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French, and Canadian French).
  • Mono audio for headphones
    • You can now enable mono audio for headphones so that the same sound plays from both left and right headphones, instead of a stereo or 3D audio mix. This feature provides an additional option to enhance the PS5 audio experience, especially for gamers with single-sided hearing loss.**
  • Checkmarks for enabled settings
    • You can now display a check mark on enabled settings so you can easily see that they are enabled.

Voice control (preview): limited release in US and UK

  • We’re also testing a feature that allows voice commands to find and open games, apps, and settings, as well as control media playback on the PS5 console.
  • This feature is currently available in English for beta participants with registered accounts on the United States and United Kingdom
  • To get started, enable voice control (preview) in the Settings menu. Then call “Hey, PlayStation!” and ask your PS5 console to find a game, open an app or setting, or control playback while enjoying a movie, TV show or song.
  • You can help us improve functionality through our feedback program, which will sometimes record your voice commands (in accordance with our privacy policy) and allow you to provide instant feedback from time to time. You can disable this feature at any time in the system settings (see above). This feature never records audio from child accounts.
  • We are in an early testing phase for this feature and will be evaluating it closely and listening to your feedback throughout the beta. For more details, see this page.