PS5 Beta Announced, Comes with Voice Commands, Open Party Support, and More

Sony is rolling out its second PlayStation 5 system software beta today, adding new features such as voice commands. Users can utilize this by saying "Hey PlayStation", new accessibility features were also introduced such as mono audio and expanded screen reader language support.

PS5 Beta Announced

Sony is also testing Open Party support for groups on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles. The company said that they will be adding support for Open and Closed parties for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles later this year once they have tested it on the beta channel.

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How does the PlayStation Open Party feature work? This allows a player's friends to join a Party without having to use an invite, this also extends to the party member's friends. However, for this feature to work for all users, they need to be on the beta version of the system software. Closed Parties nevertheless will still be available, which requires an invite link.

The new voice commands will also allow users to locate and open games and apps on their system. Currently, gamers in the US and UK have access to test a preview of this feature. Also, media playback will be controllable with voice commands, according to the company. Gamers are able to enable the PS5 Voice Command (Preview) settings by saying "Hey PlayStation" in English.

The console got an upgraded user interface and improvements such as support for up to 14 games and apps on the home screen, the ability to filter by genre, pin-up to five games, and apps on the home screen. There's also a new mono audio feature that can be enabled, compared to the stereo or 3D audio, according to Sony.

To get access to this PS5 Beta, head to the company's website and signup, users who get approved will be notified by Sony. In conclusion, Sony made it clear that some beta features on the PlayStation 5 may not be available in the final release of the upgrade after it has been rolled out to all users later this year.


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