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The latest PS5 firmware supports Dolby Atmos and larger SSDs

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Since July’s end, Sony’s PS5 firmware update has been in beta testing. All users can now download and install system software version 23.02-08.00.00, which adds Dolby Atmos, larger SSDs, and more. The update is just over 1GB.

In addition to those headline new features, this update adds PS5 Access controller support and loads of accessibility improvements, like screen reader language support. Game Base, Parties, Activity cards, and the PS5’s boot beep can now be muted.

More to read, so here are Sony’s full patch notes for this major update. Read on and tell us what you think of the update in the comments:

  • Dolby Atmos is now supported, and you can enjoy 3D audio on HDMI devices that support Dolby Atmos.
    • Enjoy an immersive audio experience with your supported HDMI device while playing PS5 games that support the Tempest 3D audio technology.
    • Media apps that support Dolby Atmos can now deliver the spatial sound experience with your supported HDMI device.
    • To turn on Dolby Atmos, go to Settings > Sound > Audio Output > Audio Format (Priority) and then select Dolby Atmos.
  • You can now use an M.2 SSD with a maximum capacity of 8 TB to expand storage space on your PS5.
  • The screen reader now supports Turkish, Swedish and Portuguese (Portugal).
  • The Access controller is now supported.
  • You can now use an assist controller.
    • You can now assign a second controller to a user who’s logged in to your PS5 as an assist controller. This allows you to use the main controller along with the assist controller to control your PS5 as if you were using one controller.
    • To use an assist controller, go to Settings > Accessibility > Controllers > Use Second Controller for Assistance and then turn on Use Assist Controller.
    • You can use an assist controller when using a DualSense or DualSense Edge wireless controller, or a PS5-supported third-party controller as the main controller.
  • The following features and improvements have been added to Game Base.
    • You can now easily see which of your friends are in an activity you can join under the Friends tab.
      • The joinable icon will be displayed next to friends who are playing a game you can join.
      • You can join a friend’s game directly by pressing the Options button and selecting Join Game or by selecting Join on their profile card.
  • The following features have been added to Parties:
    • When someone’s sharing their screen in a party, you’ll now see a preview of their Share Screen. You can find this in the Parties tab.
    • You can now start a private party without creating a group.
    • You can now invite players who aren’t group members to a private party.
    • You can now send party invitations to groups, in addition to individual players.
  • You can now react to messages with emojis.
  • It’s now easier to access media shared in your groups. Select Shared Media from the options menu in the messages card.
  • The usability of cards in the control centre has been improved.
    • Activity cards have been improved. When multiple activities are in progress, the newest one will appear as a standalone card in the control centre. The consolidated activities card will also continue to be displayed.
    • Game Help cards have been improved.
      • In addition to in-progress activities, you can now see available, previously available, upcoming and completed activities.
      • When a card is selected, its details are now displayed on the right side of the card, making it easier to find objectives and their corresponding hints.
  • The console navigation experience has been improved.
    • When moving the cursor while navigating the console, the sound effect you hear when you reach the point where you can’t move any further is now more pronounced and noticeable.
    • You can now get haptic feedback through vibrations on your controller while navigating your PS5. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Controllers and then turn on Haptic Feedback During Console Navigation.
  • In the game hub, you can now see how many tournaments you’ve entered and the highest place you’ve achieved.
  • On the player profile screen, you’ll now see Most Played games.
  • In game library, you can now search for games just within your game library.
  • Browse useful tips for getting the most out of your PS5 and learn about new features in the new Discover Tips section.
    • Go to Settings > Guide & Tips, Health and Safety, and Other Information > Guide and Tips and then select Discover Tips to view all the tips.
  • Simplified Cangjie has been added to text input methods for Chinese (Traditional).
  • You can now muste or adjust the volume of the PS5’s beep sound when turning it on or off or putting it in rest mode. Go to Settings > System > Beep Sound.
    • To adjust the beep sound volume, select Volume.
    • To mute the beep sound, turn on Mute Beep Sound.
  • The video output information screen displayed in Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output has been redesigned to make it easier to view.
    • To see your current resolution, colour format and HDCP version, select Current Video Output Signal.
    • To see the support status of HDR and VRR for each of the available frequencies for your HDMI device, select Information for the Connected HDMI Device.
  • Voice Command has been improved.
    • The help content of Voice Command has been improved.
      • You can now navigate between help content pages using Voice Command.
      • Help content will be hidden after some time has passed.
  • If you say “What’s new?” via Voice Command on any screen, you can now check for new PS5 features and the latest information about PS Plus.
  • Currently, Voice Command (Preview) is only available in English for players with accounts for PlayStation Network in the US and UK.
  • The PS5 QR code login screen has been redesigned. The QR codes are now much larger.
  • We’ve updated the device software of the DualSense wireless controller, DualSense Edge wireless controller, PlayStation VR2 and PlayStation VR2 Sense controllers to improve stability.
  • We’ve improved the messages and usability on some screens.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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