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New PS5 System Software Update Launches September 15, Adds M.2 SSD Support, PS5 UX Enhancements, And More

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that the new PS5 system software update is rolling out tomorrow, September 15, 2021, and comes with a boatload of new features for the company’s flagship gaming console.

Chief among these features includes the long-awaited support for M.2 SSDs, allowing you to store and play PS5 games on high-capacity storage devices. This feature has been much-requested from PS5 users since launch, and select users were able to test it out earlier this year in the PS5 update beta.

In addition, Sony is also overhauling the PS5 UX with various enhancements, including the ability to customise the Control Centre more freely by rearranging or choosing which controls to hide/unhide at the bottom of your screen. Elsewhere, PS5 users can now effortlessly view and write messages to friends and Parties directly from the Game Base in the Control Centre.

There’s more, too, as detailed on Sony’s PlayStation Blog post:

  • Game Library and Home Screen updates. If you have PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game installed, they’ll now appear separately in the “Installed” tab of the Game Library and on the Home screen. Each game’s tile now also clearly indicates its platform.
  • Screen Reader controls. Players can now pause or resume Screen Reader (Press “PS + Triangle buttons”) and have it repeat anything it reads (Press “PS + R1 buttons”).
  • PlayStation Now resolution selector and connection test tool. PlayStation Now subscribers can choose between 720p or 1080p (depending on individual game) to accommodate their preferred video resolution for game streaming. A streaming connection test also helps them identify and troubleshoot any problems with their connection.
  • New Accolade Type: “Leader.” Following an online match, players can award others with a fourth accolade type, “Leader,” which is visible on players’ profiles.

Meanwhile, Trophy Hunters will be pleased to know that there’s a new Trophy tracker that allows players to quickly gain access to up to five Trophies per game via the Control Centre.

Another major addition with the new PS5 system software update is 3D audio support for built-in speakers, which is enabled in the Sound menu. You can also measure the acoustics of your room using the DualSense controller’s microphone to apply the 3D audio setting best suited to your surroundings.

Sony will launch the new PS5 system software update tomorrow. For now, you can read more details about its contents here.