Sony’s Hideaki Nishino has confirmed that PlayStation 5 consoles will be receiving a major system software update tomorrow that brings a handful of very exciting features to the next-gen system.
They include the long-requested ability to add an M.2 SSD to the console for storage expansion, allowing PS5 owners to store a ton more games than what’s possible on the system’s relatively pitiful amount of internal storage. The PS5 only comes with 667 GB of usable free storage, which really isn’t a lot when games like Hitman 3 and Destiny 2 can require over 100 GB of space.
Important: 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.
The new PS5 system update also introduces a cool feature that enables 3D audio through built-in TV speakers. After measuring the acoustics of their room with the DualSense wireless controller’s microphone, players can transform their TV’s stereo speakers into an audio setup that’s capable of three-dimensional sound.
3D audio via compatible headsets on PS5 has been a popular feature among fans and developers. We’re thrilled to bring this feature to life for players directly through their built-in TV speakers, in addition to the headset support that’s been available since launch.
PS5 users who download the new system update will also find user interface enhancements and new gaming and social experience customizations. A useful change pertains to PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game being installed on the same system; they’ll now appear separately in the “Installed” tab of the Game Library and on the Home screen. The tiles also now clearly indicate the platform.