Sony’s new PS5 beta update also fixes one of its dumbest bugs


The first major system update for Sony’s PlayStation 5 is arrives in beta today, you can finally expand the console ‘s 667 GB of available storage space adding your own PCIe Gen 4 SSD as well as testing new UI options and expanding 3D audio support But the full change log also includes a few features that Sony didn’t highlight for printing – including a way to easily update your DualSense driver if you press the wrong button!

You see, PS5 at the moment it is a very silly mistake: The only time you can update your driver is when you start the console. And if you say no or accidentally press the O button instead of X, you can’t start this update until 24 hours have passed (or you pinch the PS5’s internal clock to trick it).

But Beta 2.0 now has its own menu for it Settings> Accessories> Drivers titled Wireless driver firmware. Please forgive my granular photo.

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

You will still see the driver update prompts when you also turn on the console – and pressing the circle button will still reject them immediately.

Beta also makes one other UI frustration a little better: ability to easily turn off the console. It’s still a mystery why Sony switched from letting you press and hold the PS button to require extra taps, but at least now you can change how many taps it needs. When you press the burger / start button in the PS5’s quick action menu, you can now drag any of them (including the PS5’s digital power button) to another location in this menu.

Separately, did you know that the PS5 lets you set all sorts of parental controls for your child regarding what they can play, watch and do, and allows you to accept their requests over the network remotely? I didn’t realize it, and with the beta update, you can now see and answer questions through the latest version of the PlayStation app on your mobile device, not just via email.

Frankly, it still needs work: it’s a confusing process that takes you to a web browser for installation, requires your child to sign in to a PlayStation Network account (not just a local profile), has you set any restrictions, and redirects you to a web browser again (requires login) to accept the request. And when you let your child play a particular game, he or she will continue to play until you remove it from the whitelist.

I want a simple, versatile phone notification that allows me to effectively tap “yes, you can play this for 30 minutes” or “not right now, kid” and do it right away. Maybe it’s time before 2.0 software goes gold? Or maybe in a future update.

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