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Sony Unveils Significant PlayStation 5 Update Featuring Dolby Atmos Compatibility and Improved Accessibility Options

 



Sony has globally launched a significant update for the PlayStation 5 platform, introducing several new features that have been in testing in select countries since late July.

The update includes support for HDMI devices compatible with Dolby Atmos, like soundbars, televisions, and home theater systems. This enables the platform to transmit Tempest 3D AudioTech's three-dimensional audio to Dolby Atmos-compatible HDMI devices, enhancing the immersive experience in PlayStation 5 games.

Furthermore, this update introduces new accessibility options, notably the ability to assign a second controller to a single account as an assisting controller. This feature allows players to use two controllers to operate the PlayStation 5 as if they were using a single controller, offering a novel way to enjoy cooperative gaming or assist a friend or child in challenging gameplay sections. The assisting controller can be utilized when the primary controller is a DualSense wireless controller, DualSense Edge, or a compatible external controller supported by the PlayStation 5.


Sony also grants players the capability to activate haptic feedback effects when navigating the PlayStation 5 system using a DualSense controller, DualSense Edge, or PS VR2 Sense controller. These effects include system sound feedback for specific events, enhancing the overall immersion in games and aiding players with visual or hearing impairments.

Additionally, Sony has expanded support for the PS Remote Play application, now compatible with devices running Android TV OS version 12, including the 4K model of Chromecast with Google TV and the XR A95L model of Sony Bravia TVs. This application allows players to stream games from the PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4 to various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, either over the internet or through the home network.

The update also brings new voice commands in English for easier navigation, checking out new PlayStation 5 features, and viewing the current monthly PlayStation Plus game list.

In the coming weeks, Sony plans to release additional features for the PS Remote Play application on Android and iOS worldwide, allowing emoji responses to messages for quicker and more engaging communication with friends. Additionally, players can now invite others to a closed group without automatically adding them to the group or create entirely new groups. Furthermore, players can send open or closed group invitations to groups instead of individual players only.

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