New PS5 Update

The Next Major PS5 System Update Is Rolling Out Tonight

A modest update

PlayStation has announced that the next major PS5 update is rolling out globally tonight. The updates bring enhancements to the DualSense’s built-in microphone with improved noise cancellation as well as improvements to the built-in speaker with louder noises to come from the controller itself.

For those that use share screen, there’s some big improvements too including the ability for the viewer to move a pointer around, draw a line on the screen as well as send emoji based reactions.

You can also adjust the brightness of the PS5 power indicator to anywhere between dim to medium to bright (standard).


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DualSense wireless controller built-in mic and speaker audio enhancements

We’ve updated the device software of the DualSense and DualSense Edge wireless controllers to improve their sound features.

  • Controller speaker enhancements. The controller speakers can now produce higher volume sound, allowing you to hear in-game sounds and voice chat audio more clearly.
  • Improved noise cancellation. The mic input quality on these controllers has been improved, courtesy of a new AI machine learning model. Background noise from button presses and game audio are suppressed, resulting in a better voice chat experience. Install the system software beta and update the controller device software to enjoy enhanced clarity of your voice chat audio when using the controller mic.
  • With this update, you may feel that the sounds coming from your controller speaker may sound louder. You can adjust the controller speaker volume from the control center.

Image of a white DualSense wireless controller on a white background

Share Screen Interactions

Players watching Share Screen in full screen mode can now use pointers and emoji reactions to interact with the host’s gameplay.

  • Viewers can move a pointer around, send a ping or draw a line on the shared screen, allowing them to highlight certain objects or areas to guide the host player more accurately.
  • Viewers can send emoji-based reactions to the host’s screen to visually encourage and celebrate gameplay actions.
  • Note: this feature is available by default but can be turned off by the host in the Share Screen settings. Both the host and the viewer must be participating in the beta to use this feature during the beta period.

PS5 UI screenshot showing pointers and emoji reaction on the The Last of Us Part II Remastered gameplay screen

Adjust Brightness of PS5 Power Indicator

You can now adjust the brightness of your PS5 console’s power indicator.

  • Go to [Settings] > [System] > [Beep and Light], and then select [Brightness].

PS5 UI screenshot showing PS5 console’s power indicator brightness options