A Ton Of Lowkey Features Just Made The PS5 Way More Convenient

Astro Boy hugs a DualSense.

I spend loads of time putzing round my PlayStation 5: deleting video games right here, downloading them there, on the lookout for previous saves, and making an attempt to speak to associates. It’s made me admire each new firmware replace, regardless of how small or area of interest the enhancements it makes are. And earlier this month, Sony delivered a bunch of satisfying tweaks.

Gamers obtained a preview of March’s big 7.0 firmware upgrade again in February, revealing Discord integration, new save knowledge switch choices, and extra. It not too long ago went stay, and it’s a far cry from the same old opaque “improves system performance” updates. It’s not as large a deal because the PS5 finally getting folders, and there are nonetheless loads of different new options I’d like to see, nevertheless it’s one other milestone within the platform’s continued enchancment.

Use Discord to voice chat with Xbox associates

A screenshot shows Discord's interface for connecting to PlayStation.


Cross-play has been nice for bringing individuals throughout PS5, Xbox Collection X/S, and PC collectively, however truly making an attempt to speak with them was nonetheless a drag. Discord integration fixes that, and allows you to simply begin up conversations with anybody and feed the audio via your console.

Plus, it doesn’t even need to be game-specific. Somebody taking part in Rocket League? One other individual watching Mandalorian? No drawback! Discord is definitely nice for simply chilling collectively whereas everybody does their very own factor.


Seize gameplay utilizing your voice

It sounds foolish, however now you can use the microphone on the DualSense controller to ask the PS5 to file gameplay. Good for capturing gameplay within the thick of battle or a tense competitors while you don’t wish to lose management whereas toggling over manually. Now if solely there was text-to-speech to sort out the social media posts sharing my highlights.

Replace your DualSense wirelessly

There’s nothing worse than making an attempt to play a recreation and seeing that your controller must get a firmware replace. Beforehand, this required plugging it into the PS5. Now, you possibly can obtain and set up it wirelessly. It was the smallest of inconveniences, and fortunately it’s now gone.


Get variable refresh charges on 1440p displays

Variable Refresh Price assist got here to PS5 final yr. It helps the framerate move extra easily and makes the graphics look crisper. With the lastest patch, it’ll additionally work with 1440p displays, a distinct segment however sensible midway level between 1080p and 4K. I don’t play my PS5 on one in every of these shows, however I’d be pleasantly stunned if I did.

Obtain notifications for save knowledge within the cloud

A screenshot shows a notification to transfer PS4 save data on the PS5.


Like loads of PS5 homeowners, I’ve an enormous library of PS4 video games, and save knowledge from all of them backed up within the cloud. In contrast to Xbox Collection X/S, nevertheless, the PS5 doesn’t routinely pull that save knowledge over. However now, it does one thing nearly pretty much as good: ship a notification immediate while you set up a recreation that helps your current PS4 knowledge (like a PS5 recreation the place you possibly can switch saves). Clicking on the immediate will routinely begin the switch, slightly than having to go rummaging via a bunch menus.

Be a part of video games straight from the get together chat

One other button-prompt shortcut, it’s now attainable to satisfy up with associates in-game straight from the get together chat menu. It’s a pleasant time saver contemplating how usually you migh group as much as play the identical factor, and your mates or clan mates in all probability already obtained began earlier than you.


See what your mates are taking part in extra simply

This characteristic continues to be considerably incomplete, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a step in the suitable path. Like with Steam, it’s now simpler to see which associates personal a recreation you will have or are actively taking part in it. A small part with that data sits beneath every recreation tile on the PS5 residence display. My solely quibble is that it’s important to click on via to see which associates personal it, and it solely tells you somebody performs that recreation if they’re on-line in the midst of an energetic session. Child steps.

Request to observe a pal’s recreation straight from their profile

I not often use the share display characteristic, often as a result of if I’m on-line with associates we’re in all probability already taking part in one thing collectively. Nonetheless, it’s one other good shortcut to have the ability to rapidly watch what somebody’s taking part in straight from their profile, skipping one other little bit of the PS5’s tedious and infrequently esoteric menu scrolling.


Filter video games when including them to a folder

A screenshot shows the option to filter games when adding them to a folder.

Alright, recreation folders are my favourite new characteristic the PS5 has gotten since launch, and so they simply obtained simpler to make. After they first went stay, you needed to scroll via your total library including stuff as you went. Now you possibly can filter it by varied classes, making the entire organizational course of a lot, a lot sooner. Will I ever play 99 % of video games I stick within the PS5’s folders? Not an opportunity. However I like doing all of it the identical. It helps me calm down and really feel much less responsible about my backlog.


It’s attainable we’ll get one other batch of PS5 tweaks later within the yr. “We’re all the time serious about the options that our followers may wish to see and methods to make their gaming experiences on PS5 extra enjoyable, social, and linked,” Sony Product Administration VP Hiromi Wakai said in a recent interview. “We maintain a really lengthy record of options and consider carefully about how we prioritize our time and assets to ship those that can take advantage of significant influence on our gamers’ expertise.”

Hopefully PS5 background themes aren’t too far-off.



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