Huge PS5 September Update Adds SSD Support, Trophy Tracking, & More
The next major software update for the PS5 drops tomorrow, September 15th, 2021. It’s going to bring some major features and enhancements to the overall PS5 console experiences, and even some 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers. From M.2 SSD support, more features for PS Remote Play, there’s a lot to love about the update to PS5 that drops for September. We’re seeing more UX enhancements for the PS5, and hopefully, this will ultimately lead to custom themes coming to the PS5, as they existed on PS4. We’re going to get you ready and give you the details for the PS5 September Update.
PS5 UX Enhancements and Customizations
The UX (User Experience) is a serious focus in this update. It will allow users to view, personalize, and manage their content and console experience in new ways. You can customize your Control Center as an example, by choosing which controls to hide or unhide at the bottom of the screen. We also saw changes to the Game Base, where you can now easily view and write messages to friends and Parties from the Game Base, in your Control Center. That’s a pretty great feature for the multiplayer/messaging people on PS5.
You can also now see how many friends are online/offline/busy, and accept/decline/cancel multiple friend requests at once, which for some people may be incredibly handy. One of the biggest features for me personally in this, is now your PS4 and PS5 versions of games will appear separately. When you go to the “Installed” tab of your Game Library and on the Home Screen, the tile will clearly state which platform it’s for. This is great for me, who has Yakuza 7, Judgment, and more between PS4 and PS5.
If you use PlayStation Now, you can now choose between 720/1080p – depending on the game, to make sure you’re using the proper resolution for that game. There will also be a streaming connection test now to help diagnose and solve problems you might have. PS5’s Accolades are also being expanded, with a new Accolade type: Leader. After an online match, the other players can award you with this new one, if you were making the calls and getting a plan for success together.
Do you like capturing your “Best Times” in games? When players complete challenges for a better time/higher score or set a new personal best, these will automatically be recorded. They can be shared from the Media Gallery or the Control Center, and players have direct control over this via the Captures and Broadcast settings. If this works in my Yakuza Karaoke, I’m going to be very excited.
A new Trophy Tracker was added, to let you quickly track up to five trophies at a time in your Control Center. Now if only they would let me unhide a game’s whole list of Trophies at once.
Audio, Storage Updates, PS Remote Play
In the September PS5 Update, support for 3D audio was added for TV speakers. This will transform the standard two-channel TV speaker audio into 3D sound, to heighten immersion. This will need to be turned on manually in the Sound menu – this defaults to off. Not everyone is interested in this, after all! By using the microphone on the DualSense controller, you can measure the acoustics of your room, to apply the 3D settings that are right for you.
You’ll need to update your controller to do this, but that will be easy enough. If you own a Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, you can adjust the equalizer settings within Sound Controls too, to get the exact sound you’re after, so that’s an excellent change. We also now have access to M.2 SSD Storage Expansion! This is a form of high-speed Solid State Drive, that can be installed in your PS5 – Standard or Digital Editions. You install this in your PS5, and you will be able to use that M.2 SSD to download, copy, and launch PS5/PS4 games, and your media apps. If you were looking for something for the holidays, this might be the right call!
You will be able to play PS4 and PS5 games directly from the M.2 SSD as well and move games freely between your other storage options. Sony makes a very important point though:
“M.2 SSDs must meet the minimum performance and size requirements outlined on this page. Using an M.2 SSD also requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure (such as a heatsink) that meets the dimensional requirements. Please read the page linked above carefully before purchasing any M.2 SSD or cooling structure for use with PS5.”
They also provide a video here, to show you how to install one.
Sony also offered a list of enhancements for the PS Remote Play App and PS App Enhancements:
- With the PS Remote Play app, players have enjoyed the ability to remotely stream and play PS4 and PS5 games, switch between games and browse their console’s menus on any compatible device connected to their broadband network.*** Now, players using the mobile app for iOS and Android have the option of using a mobile data connection when WiFi is not available.
- Broadband internet with at least 5Mbps is required for PS Remote Play. For the best experience, we recommend a high-speed connection with upload and download speeds of at least 15 Mbps.
- To help manage the amount of data used through a mobile connection, players can select their preferred video quality for mobile data streaming.
- Please note the quality and connectivity of your Remote Play experience may vary depending on your mobile carrier network and network environment.
As a user who finally started using the PS Remote Play app, I’m very glad to see some of these changes. Sure, it doesn’t look quite as pretty as on my 4K TV, but it’s still an incredibly easy way to set up and play/stream PS4 and PS5 games at my PC. It’s definitely a list of nice changes to the PS5, and with luck, more people will be able to secure them in the near future to enjoy them!