PlayStation 5 Software Update

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Details on the New PS5 Update

Sony has recently rolled out a fresh update for PlayStation 5 users, hot off the heels of its beta phase. This update brings several enhancements, including improvements to the mic and speaker functionality of the DualSense controller, new screen-share features, and the ability to adjust brightness settings.

Expanded Storage

You can now expand the storage of your PS5 console by installing an M.2 SSD in the expansion slot. Once installed, you have the option to use the M.2 SSD as extended storage for PS5 games, PS4 games, and media apps. M.2 SSDs must meet the minimum performance requirements to be compatible with PS5 consoles.

Improved Audio

According to details shared on the PlayStation Blog, the update focuses on enhancing the audio experience through the controller speakers. Users can expect higher volume output, enhancing their ability to hear in-game audio and voice chats. Thanks to a new AI machine-learning model, noise cancellation has been upgraded, effectively reducing background noise such as button presses and game audio. Volume settings can now be adjusted conveniently from the control center.

Improved Download Performance

Download speeds for games and updates have been improved. Downloads should now complete quicker than before, allowing you to jump into your games faster. Some users may see download speeds increase by up to 10% compared to previous system software versions.

This update brings useful additions that enhance the functionality and performance of your PS5 console. The expanded storage gives you more flexibility, 3D Audio through TV speakers provides immersion without headphones, and improved download speeds get you playing quicker. Update your console software to take advantage of these new features.

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Key Features and Changes in the Latest PS5 Update

👾 Improved System Performance

The latest PlayStation 5 system software update enhances the overall performance of the console. It optimizes memory allocation and file caching, resulting in faster loading times for games and other applications. The improved memory management also provides more consistent frame rates during gameplay, especially for graphically demanding titles.

🎮 New PS5 Pointers & Emoji's

Players now have access to pointers and emojis during Share Screen sessions. This allows viewers to interact more dynamically by sending pings or drawing lines to highlight specific areas for both the host and viewers to see. While this feature is enabled by default, hosts have the option to disable it in the Share Screen settings.

👍 Brightness

Finally, users can now tailor their display brightness settings to suit their preferences. By navigating to the Settings tab, then System, Beep, and Light, users can select the Brightness option. From there, they can choose between dim, medium, or bright (standard) settings to optimize their viewing experience.

🛠 Bug Fixes and Stability Improvements

As with all system software updates, this latest version also includes various bug fixes and stability improvements. It addresses issues like download errors, playback problems with certain Blu-ray disks, and connectivity problems with specific wireless headsets. The update ensures an optimal experience with your PS5 console and accessories.

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How to Download and Install the New System Software on PS5

To update your PlayStation 5 console with the latest system software, you will need to download and install the update. Follow these steps:

Check for the Latest Update

From the PS5 home screen, go to Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update. Your PS5 will now check for the latest update. If one is available, select “Download and Install” to begin the process.

Download the Update

The download may take between 30 minutes to over an hour depending on your internet connection speed. Do not turn off your PS5 during the download. Once the download is complete, your PS5 will automatically restart to begin installing the update.

Install and Restart

The installation process typically takes between 5 to 30 minutes. Again, do not turn off your PS5 during this time. After the installation is finished, your PS5 will restart. You may receive a message on-screen saying the system software has been updated. Your PS5 is now up to date with the latest version.


If you experience issues downloading or installing the system update, try the following:

  • Make sure you have a stable internet connection. Restart your router or modem and try again.
  • Clear your PS5’s cache and try re-downloading the update. To clear the cache, power down your PS5 and unplug the power cable for 3 minutes.
  • Rebuild your PS5’s database. This can help resolve software issues and may allow the update to install properly.
  • Contact PlayStation Support for further help if issues persist.

With the latest system software installed on your PlayStation 5 console, you'll have access to performance improvements and the latest features to enhance your gaming experience. Be sure to regularly check for system updates to keep your PS5 up to date.

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