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Sony’s New PS5 Beta Expands SSD Storage Limit, Adds Dolby Atmos Support

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

You might soon be able to access more storage space on your PS5, if you have a large enough solid state drive (SSD).

Sony PlayStation
Credit: Sony PlayStation

Sony announced it's currently beta testing the latest software update for the PS5, which brings a host of upgrades to the gaming console.


One of which is the expansion of the M.2 SSD storage limit from 4TB to 8TB, allowing you to install more games on your system. You'll, of course, still have to buy and install the SSD on your own. It's also worth noting that not all SSDs fit the PS5's drive slot, so do your research first before purchasing one.


What's more, the update adds support for Dolby Atmos audio. The feature lets you play the PS5's 3D Audio tech on any compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI device like your home theatre system or soundbar.

Sony PlayStation
Credit: Sony PlayStation

Another nifty feature that's coming with the update is the ability to lower the volume or mute the beep sound that you hear when you turn your PS5 on or off.


The update additionally brings a couple of new accessibility features, including the ability to add a second controller as an assist controller. Using two controllers as if they were one allows you to, for instance, help a friend or child through a challenging section of a game.


You also now have the option to to turn haptic feedback effects on while navigating menus. This feature is available on the standard DualSense controller, the DualSense Edge controller or the PS VR2 Sense controller.


Other new additions include social features that make it easier to join your friends' game sessions. For example, when you can join a friend's session, a new "Join" button appears on their profile card. Hitting the button lets you directly jump into their game.

Sony PlayStation
Credit: Sony PlayStation

You can also react to messages using emojis, making it easier to communicate with your friends.


The beta is only available to PS5 users in Canada, Germany, Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the U.S. If you live in any of these countries, you can sign up to become a beta tester on the PlayStation website and try the new features today. If not, you can just wait for the wide release of the update, which is expected later in the year.


The release of the beta comes less than a week after Sony announced it has sold more than 40 million PS5 units since the system's launch in November 2020.

 
  • Sony announced it's currently beta testing the latest software update for the PS5, which brings a host of upgrades to the gaming console.

  • One of which is the expansion of the M.2 SSD storage limit from 4TB to 8TB, allowing you to install more games on your system.

  • What's more, the update adds support for Dolby Atmos audio, letting you play the PS5's 3D Audio tech on any compatible home theatre system or soundbar.

  • The beta is only available to PS5 users in the Canada, Germany, Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

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