PS5: Next update finally brings Discord, wireless controller updates and more
The PlayStation 5 has received a new system software update – but so far only in beta. If you are registered as a participant, you can test new functions in advance before they are available to everyone. And it looks like there will be a lot in the next big update 7.00. In addition to new chat functions and more accessibility, user-friendliness is also being improved.
It’s in the PS5 beta update
Finally Discord voice chat
One of the biggest innovations is likely to be the integration of Discord on PS5. In the future, this will also allow you to chat with friends on the console across platforms. To link your account to Discord:
- Settings -> Users and Accounts -> Connected Services
- Select Link Discord Account here
- Confirm the link by scanning the displayed QR code with your smartphone, or log in using “Use Browser” on PS5
Smartphone required: As with the Discord integration on Xbox, there is one major downside. You can’t start the Discord chat directly from your PS5, you have to do it every time via the Discord app on your smartphone or PC.
Over-the-air updates for the DualSense
There is also a convenient innovation in the update for the DualSense. Previously, updates for the PS5 controller could only be downloaded via USB cable. In the future, this should be completely wireless, so you no longer have to connect the DualSense to your PS5 every time.
VRR support for 1440p
For those who don’t have their PS5 connected to a TV but to a 1440p resolution monitor, there’s good news here too. The variable refresh rate, or VRR for short, will also be supported here in the future – but only if your monitor has an HDMI 2.1 port.
Tech colleague Chris explains here why the Xbox is still ahead of the game with VRR:
The latest update brings better monitor support, but the best feature is missing
More accessibility and improvements
The current update also includes a number of other quality-of-life improvements:
- Screen sharing directly by profile: You can now request or send screen sharing from your friends’ profiles.
- Join game in party chat: In the PS5 voice chat you can select players and directly join their game there if possible.
- friends playing: The games hub shows which friends own the game, are playing it, or are online.
- Manually upload recordings to the PS5 app: Screenshots and clips can be manually uploaded to the app.
- Data transfer PS5 to PS5: You can transfer user data, game data, saves and settings to another PS5 via LAN or local WLAN.
- Multiplayer presets: You can control who can join and invite to multiplayer sessions for supported games.
- Transfer save data from PS4 to PS5: You will get a notification if a downloaded PS4 game has save data in the cloud or if a PS5 game can use PS4 save data.
- game library: Games can be sorted and filtered when added to the list. PS VR is added as a platform.
- Improved screen reader: Navigation has been improved and now shows your current position within several elements and in which directions you can move. Added a border around the current section for the web page view.
You can read here which settings on PS5 are already worthwhile:
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When is PS5 update 7.00 coming?
As Sony makes clear on the blog entry, the beta innovations are not yet final for the release of the next update. It is therefore quite possible that some functions will change by then or will not be adopted at all. Accordingly, there is still no official release date for the final system update 7.00. At least according to leaks from the past, it is March 8, 2023 a very likely date.
What do you think of the innovations in the beta update? Do you like them or do you want more?