The new system software update is now available in beta, and it will provide a lot of new functions.
The PlayStation Blog recaps what we can expect: “New Party Chat options: in response to community feedback, we’ve made some updates to the Parties system. Open and Closed Parties (PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 betas): when you start a party, you can now select either an open party or a closed party. An open party lets your friends see and join the party without an invite. Friends of party members can also join. A closed party is only for players you invite. Note: in Game Base on PlayStation 5 and Party on PlayStation 4, if you select [Open Party] when starting a party, only players using the beta version of the PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4 system software will be able to join. To create a party that players who aren’t using the beta version can also join, select [Closed Party].
Voice chat reporting feature update (PlayStation 5 beta): if you want to report something that someone in a party said, there are now visual indicators for you to identify who was speaking. It will help PlayStation Safety take appropriate action based on your report. Share Play update (PlayStation 5 beta): start Share Play directly from the voice chat card. You no longer need to start Share Screen first to use Share Play. Voice chat volume (PlayStation 4 beta): you can now individually adjust the voice chat volume of each player in a party on PlayStation 4, just like on PlayStation 5.
PlayStation 5 Game Base enhancements: voice chats are now called parties. We’ve divided the Game Base menu into three tabs: Friends, Parties, and Messages for easier access. From the Game Base control menu and cards, you can now view all your friends under the [Friends] tab in the control menu, or access the player search feature and friend requests through links on this tab; or add a player to a group or create a new group directly from Game Base in the Control Center. You can also send text messages, quick messages, images, video clips, and view a group’s shared media from this card. When someone in a party is sharing their screen, you’ll now see the (on air) icon. We’ve made it easier to decline friend requests by adding a [Decline] button to your friend request list.
New PlayStation 5 UI features: filter by genre: we’ve added an option to filter your game collection by genre, letting you quickly find specific types of game experiences. Keep in Home: you can now keep the games or apps you choose on your home screen by selecting “Keep in Home” with the (options) button. With this feature, you can keep a maximum of five games and apps on each home screen. Increased apps on the home screen: you can now have a total of 14 games and apps appear on your home screen. Trophies UI update: we’ve updated the visual design of trophy cards and the trophy list. You can also see suggestions for which trophies to earn on the trophy tracker and access it from the Control Center whenever you’re playing a game. Start Share Screen from the Create menu: you can now start a Share Screen and stream your gameplay to an open party from the Create menu.
New accessibility features: more Screen Reader languages: Screen Reader, which reads aloud on-screen text and provides spoken guidance for operating the console, is now supported in six additional languages: Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, and Korean. It expands Screen Reader support to 15 languages, including the current ones (United States English, United Kingdom English, Japanese, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, French and Canadian French). Mono audio for headphones: you can now enable mono audio for headphones, so the same audio is played from both the left and right headphones, instead of a stereo or 3D audio sound mix. This feature provides an added option to enhance the PlayStation 5 audio experience, particularly for players with unilateral hearing loss. Checkmarks for enabled settings: you can now show a checkmark on enabled settings so you can easily see that they’re turned on.
There is a lot to digest, isn’t there?