© SONY PS5 console and controller
PS5 owners are counting down to the release of the next major system update.
The new PS5 system update has a September 15 release date. There's no official launch time, although previous downloads have been available by midday.
According to the patch notes, the new update makes lots of significant changes to the user-interface and overall experience.
For starters, the new update will ensure that games are clearly marked by their platform. Likewise, users can now easily send messages, and can better send and receive requests to play online multiplayer.
But arguably the most significant update of all is the ability to expand storage with an M.2 SSD.
M.2 SSDs are described as a "type of high-speed solid state drive that can be installed in the PS5 console or PS5 Digital Edition console".
"Once installed in the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition console, M.2 SSD storage can be used to download, copy, and launch PS5 and PS4 games, as well as media apps.
"You can play PS5 and PS4 games directly from M.2 SSD storage and freely move games between storage options."
As Sony points out, M.2 SSD drives must meet the minimum requirements, which you can see below.
© SONY PS5 SSD requirements
PS5 September System Software Update patch notes...
PS5 UX Enhancements
• The PS5 September Update features new UX enhancements that make it easier than ever for players to view, personalise and manage their game content and console experience:
• Control Centre customisation
- Players can now customise their Control Centre more freely by rearranging or choosing which controls to hide or unhide at the bottom of the screen.
• Enhanced Game Base
- Players can now easily view and write messages to friends and Parties directly from Game Base in the Control Centre.
- While viewing Game Base in full screen, players can also see how many of their friends are online, busy, or offline, as well as accept, decline or cancel multiple friend requests at once.
• Game Library and Home Screen updates.
- If you have PS4 and PS5 versions of the same game installed, they'll now appear separately in the "Installed" tab of the Game Library and on the Home screen. Each game's tile now also clearly indicates its platform.
• Screen Reader controls.
- Players can now pause or resume Screen Reader (Press "PS + Triangle buttons") and have it repeat anything it reads (Press "PS + R1 buttons").
New Gaming and Social Experience Customisations
• PlayStation Now resolution selector and connection test tool.
- PlayStation Now subscribers can choose between 720p or 1080p (depending on individual game) to accommodate their preferred video resolution for game streaming.
- A streaming connection test also helps them identify and troubleshoot any problems with their connection.
• New Accolade Type: "Leader."
- Following an online match, players can award others with a fourth accolade type, "Leader," which is visible on players' profiles.
• Automatic capture of "personal best" videos.
- When players compete in challenges for a better time or a higher score and set a new personal best, a video clip of the action will automatically be recorded.
- Players can also share clips of their personal bests directly from the challenge card in the Control Centre, or from their Media Gallery.
- Players have direct control over this functionality via their Captures and Broadcast settings.
• New Trophy tracker.
- We've added a new Trophy Tracker that lets players quickly access up to five trophies per game through the Control Centre.
• In addition, players with a Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now have access to equaliser settings within Sound Controls, allowing them to customise the sound profile according to their preference.
PS Remote Play App and PS App Enhancements
• PS Remote Play App over mobile networks
- 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.
• View Share Screen broadcasts on PS App
- Starting next Thursday, Sept. 23, a PS App update will begin rolling out globally and give users the ability to view their friends' Share Screen broadcasts together.
- To start, join a party voice chat from your mobile device with a friend who's playing on a PS5 console.
- Then ask your friend on PS5 to start their Share Screen broadcast. Please note, only players on PS5 can broadcast via Share Screen.
- The Android version of the update is a phased release and may take one week until the update is available on your mobile device.