Friday , September 24 2021

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

Sony’s first major system update for the PlayStation 5 arrives today in beta form, finally allowing you to expand the console’s 667GB of available storage by adding your own PCIe Gen 4 SSD, as well as testing new UI options and expanding support for 3D Audio. But the full changelog also includes a few features Sony didn’t highlight to push – including a way to easily update your DualSense controller if you hit the wrong button!

You see, the PS5 currently has a ridiculous flaw: The only time you can update your controller is when you boot the console. And if you say no or accidentally press the O button instead of the X, you won’t be able to trigger this update until 24 hours have passed (or change your PS5’s internal clock to cheat).

But in Beta 2.0 there is now a special menu for this. Settings > Accessories > Controllers in your name Wireless Controller Firmware. Please forgive my grainy photo.

Photo by Sean Hollister / The Verge

You’ll also see controller update prompts when you start the console – and pressing the circle button will instantly turn them off.

The beta also makes one of our other UI annoyances a little better: the ability to easily turn off the console. It’s still a mystery why Sony stopped asking for extra touches from letting you long press the PS button, but at least now you can change how many touches are needed. Pressing the hamburger/start button in the PS5’s quick actions menu now lets you drag any of them (including the PS5’s digital power button) to a different location in that menu.

Also, did you know that the PS5 lets you set up all sorts of parental controls for what your child can play, watch and do, and allow you to remotely approve their requests over the web? I hadn’t noticed this and the beta update now lets you view and answer these questions via the latest version of the mobile PlayStation App, not just via email.

Frankly, it still needs to work: A complex process that takes you to a web browser for setup, requiring your child to be signed into a PlayStation Network account (not just a local profile), have you set any limits? and throws you into a web browser again when you want to approve a request (which requires you to log in). Once you let your child play a certain game, it will continue to play until you whitelist it.

What I want is a simple and rich phone notification that lets me tap “yes, you can play this for 30 minutes” or “not now kid” and finish it right away. Maybe there’s time for 2.0 software to go gold? Or maybe in a future update.

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