Explained: The new in the PS5 beta?
The PS5 beta released on February 9 is testing a bunch of new features, according to a post on the PlayStation blog.
It introduces new party chat options that allow users to make an open chat, which lets your friends join a party without an invite, or a closed chat, which only lets in invited players.
PlayStation has made changes to the Game Base card, making three separate sections where users can view friends, parties, and messages.
And players can now start Share Play from the voice chat card.
There are new user interface features that allow you to filter by genre and choose games to keep on your home page.
The beta also lets up to 14 games and apps appear on the homepage.
For US and UK users, the beta is testing a voice command feature that allows you to open games and apps, and control video and audio playback with just your voice.
The feature can be enabled in the settings, and uses the command “Hey, Playstation.”
The beta also includes accessibility setting updates, including more screen reader languages (adding Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilin, Portuguese, Polish, and Korean), mono audio for headphones, and the option to show check marks on enabled settings to make it easier to see which settings are turned on or off.
The beta is just that — a beta — so Sony warns that every feature may not work perfectly, and everything may not be included in a final version of the software when it’s released to the public.