PS5: Huge firmware for beta testers - new update with numerous innovations

PS5: Huge firmware for beta testers - new update with numerous innovations


Sony releases the PS5 firmware 2.0-04.00.00 for download. So far, however, only for beta users: Participants in the beta program announced in June can therefore first try out the new features and optimizations in advance. Sony did not announce a date for the final version. The patch notes are already available - and with them details of the changes. The list of innovations is quite extensive this time. One of the highlights is support for M.2 SSDs. This gives users the opportunity to expand the PlayStation 5's system memory. SSDs with a capacity between 250 GB and 4 TB are currently supported. Details on the specifications and compatibilities of the PS5 SSDs can be found in a separate article under this link.

In addition, the new PS5 firmware enables 3D audio support for TV speakers - the feature was previously only available via headphones accessible. A nice feature: With the built-in microphone on the DualSense controller, you can measure the acoustics of your room. With the help of the data, the PS5 creates a 3D audio profile that is adapted to the respective room conditions. Sony also announces in the patch notes that they have improved the audio quality of some games if their 3D audio for headphones is enabled hard.

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How to use the PS5’s M.2 SSD expandable storage

a pair of sunglasses on a table: The PS5 software beta now supports M.2 SSDs. © Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge The PS5 software beta now supports M.2 SSDs.

Sony has started beta testing the first software update for the PS5 today, and it includes M.2 SSD expandable storage support. The long-awaited feature is available for testers right now and will launch on all PS5 consoles later this year. We’ll need to test a variety of drives with the PS5, but right now Sony requires at least a PCIe Gen4 SSD, with a minimum capacity of 250GB. Sony is also recommending a drive capable of 5,500MB/s, but slower Gen4 drives may still be supported.

I’ve tested Corsair’s MP600 (2TB) with the PS5, and it’s very easy to get it all up and running in less than two minutes. Here’s how it all works:

  • To use the expandable storage in the PS5, you’ll need to remove the side panels from the console. Make sure you’ve unplugged the power cord, and then follow this really useful YouTube video on how to remove the side panels correctly. It’s a little fiddly, but the PS5 is sturdy, so don’t worry you’re not going to snap the panels.
  • Once you’ve removed both panels, you need to locate the M.2 SSD slot. It’s on the left-hand side of the fan; that’s on the side where the PS5’s disc drive resides. You’ll need a screwdriver to unscrew the cover on the M.2 SSD slot, and to remove a screw that fixes your drive into place.
  • Once the cover has been removed, you’ll find a black screw that Sony has supplied at the very top inside the slot. Unscrew this and use it to hold your SSD into place. Sony recommends using an M.2 SSD with a heatsink, so if you’ve purchased a Gen4 one without one, there are a variety of heatsinks you can purchase to affix to SSDs that will help with cooling.
  • Now that the M.2 SSD is in place, you can put the cover back on the slot and then gently slide the side panels back into place on either side. Reconnect the power cord, and boot up your PS5.
  • If your M.2 SSD isn’t compatible, you’ll be met with a warning from your PS5 that you need a Gen4 drive with at least 256GB of space. Otherwise, you’ll need to go ahead and format the drive for use on the PS5. Make sure you’ve backed up any data on the drive if you’ve been using it in other systems.
  • Formatting took less than 10 seconds on my Corsair MP600 (2TB) drive. Once formatting has been completed, the PS5 will quickly test the drive speed and warn you that if you have issues with a game installed on the M.2 SSD, try moving it to the internal storage.
  • You can then freely move installed games over to the M.2 SSD storage, or install new games from the PlayStation Store directly to the storage. During testing, it took around 30 seconds to move Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart from the internal storage to the Corsair MP600 (2TB) drive.
  • Sony’s new PS5 M.2 SSD support is in beta, so we’re still waiting to hear from SSD manufacturers about all the drives supported. Seagate is the first to confirm FireCuda 530 drives are compatible with the PS5, and we’ve tested Corsair’s MP600 to confirm it also works fine on the PS5. We’ll have more details on supported drives as and when manufacturers confirm their list of SSDs.

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