PlayStation has announced a major update for the PS5 and PS4 software that it seeks to incorporate new functions, features and quality of life details that the community has been demanding for some time. With a beta that will begin to be released from this February 9, the world premiere is scheduled for a later date (for now not available in Spain). However, we already know the main features of the patch, which we summarize below and break down below:
- Open and closed group chats
- News in voice chats and Share Play
- Volume adjustments in group chats for each participant
- Game Base/Control Center adds group chats
- New functions and features in the interface
- New accessibility options
- New voice commands
For now, these features will be beta tested for select users who will be notified by email in these countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and United States.
Open and closed group chats
Based on community feedback, PlayStation will integrate closed group chats (Groups) into PS5 and PS4 where invite-only players can join; whether or not they are on the friends list. In a closed group only players that we have invited can enter; in an open one all your friends can enter without the need for an invitation. PS4 and PS5 receive a beta firmware update tomorrow that adds interface improvements, group chat, accessibility and voice commands.
News in voice chats and Share Play
As far as voice chats are concerned, we’ll now have an on-screen indicator that will indicate who’s speaking, making it easier for us to identify them in case something needs to be reported. On the other hand, with this update we will be able to start Share Play directly from the voice chat card. We no longer need to start Share Screen first and then activate Share Play.
Volume adjustments in group chats for each participant
From this update we will be able to adjust the volume of each player in a PS4 voice chat, as is already the case on PS5, so that if someone has the sound too high (or too low), out of adjustment with respect to the rest, we can configure it manually.
Game Base/Control Center adds group chats
Game Base (Control Center) receives improvements. Voice chats will now be called Parties (exact name to be determined in Spanish). To make these voice groups easier to access, Game Base has been divided into three: Friends, Groups, and Messages. More orderly.
New functions and features in the interface
The PS5 interface will now allow filtering by gender. Games were previously filtered by alphabet, library addition, or platform. Now we can easily find the type of experience we are looking for from the filters.
Also, we can now keep the games or applications we choose on the home screen by selecting “Keep on Home” with the (Options) button. With this function it will be possible to keep a maximum of five games and applications on each home screen. On the other hand, from now on, up to 14 games can appear on the home screen and the Trophies menu interface has been visually updated with a new look, as you can see in the image.
New accessibility options
The PS5 update will now include more on-screen text options and languages ??for Screen Reader, with Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilian, Polish, and Korean. In total, fifteen languages ??that are added to those that already existed; among them, Italian, German, English, Spanish, Latin, French and Canadian French.
New voice commands
Ps5 will integrate new voice commands in English. Currently in testing in the US and UK.
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