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Sony Rolls Out New PS5 and PS4 System Software Betas

Sony announced that PS5 and PS4 software betas are rolling out today, bringing new UI enhancements, party chat options, and accessibility features. The betas will only be available for a number of selected participants in the U.S., Canada, Japan, U.K., Germany, and France. The final software update will be released globally later this year.

In both betas, players will be able to choose either an open or closed party when they want to start a party. In the PS5 beta, players will get a voice chat reporting feature update where there will be visual indicators indicating who is speaking at the moment if they want to report something another player said. PS5 players can also start Share Play directly from the voice chat card without starting the Share Screen. PS4 players can now individually adjust the volume of each player in a party, like on PS5.

Additionally, Sony is testing a voice command feature that helps players find and open games, apps, and settings as well as control playback during a show or a song by triggering the "Hey, PlayStation!" voice command. The feature can simply be disabled in the settings too. During the beta, it will only be available for users with accounts registered in the U.S. and U.K. as it only supports the English language first.

On top of that, there are plenty of new features introduced, including filter by genre, keep in home, trophies UI update, and increased apps on the home screen, which allows 14 apps and games on your home screen. There are also many other new features in the beta that you can read here.


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