Sony has announced that a new beta firmware for PS5 and PS4 with functions for group chat, accessibility options and UI improvements.
As confirmed by the PlayStation Blog, the firmware beta testing phase is limited to players residing in the US, Canada, UK and France, but it’s still worth reading the details to find out what’s going on. is coming in the near future for all users.
As mentioned at the beginning, there are news on PS5 and PS4 for the management of voice chat. Specifically, when players start a party, they can now choose to make one open to all or closed. In the first case, all friends on your list and “friends of friends” will be able to access it. A closed one, on the other hand, will only be accessible by users to whom you send an invitation.
On PS5, the voice chat reporting system has also been updated, with new visual indicators that will make it easier to identify who said what, allowing PlayStation Safety to take more appropriate action based on reports. In addition, it will be possible to start Share Play without going through the sharing screen. On PS4, however, the ability to change the volume of each individual user in a group has been added.
Changes have also been made to the Game Base feature of the PS5, with voice chats now called party and the subdivision of the menu in three subsections: Friends, Party and Messages.
As for the improvements made to theuser interface on PS5, with the new beta firmware, you can filter the games in your collection by genre, lock up to five app icons in the dashboard home. In this regard, the maximum number of displayed icons has been increased to 14 (now the maximum is 11). In addition, the design of the cards and the list of trophies have been changed.
Among the new features of accessibility options, the number of languages supported by the screen reader has been increased (Italian was previously supported), the function that reads aloud texts on the screen and provides instructions on how to perform operations with the console. You can also set mono sound for the headphones.
Finally, for US and UK users only, the i function has been added voice commands to start/close apps or manage media commands with your voice.