Sony is preparing to introduce Dolby Atmos support to the console alongside several accessibility options. Select users from the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, Germany, and France will be invited to test out the beta version of this update before it rolls out globally.
As revealed on the PS Blog, the audio options are the big draw here as users will now have support for compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled HDMI via the PS5’s Tempest 3D audio hardware. TVs, soundbars, and home theater systems that meet the requirements will be able to deliver more immersive 3D sound across several PS5 games, and the option can be enabled from inside of the PS5 settings menu.
Other features being added to PS5 include the ability to assign a second controller as an assist controller to a single account, giving users the ability to help out other players struggling on a game. There’ll also be an option to turn on haptic feedback on DualSense, DualSense Edge, and PS VR2 controllers while exploring PS5 system menus, improved Game Help cards, and improvements have been made to several social features. For example, you’ll now be able to invite a player into a closed party without having to automatically add that player into your group or create a new group.
On the hardware side, two important upgrades are also on the way. The first is support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs (up to 8TB), and secondly, users will be able to mute or adjust the volume of audio output from the PS5.