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A little while back, Sony announced a beta for an upcoming PlayStation 5 firmware update. The major features included some big changes to how Parties work, as well as the ability to pin games and apps. Well, this firmware update — version 22.01-05.00.00 to be precise — is available right now. The update itself is just over 1GB in size. The patch notes are actually pretty big, so let's go through all the major new features here.

First up, yes, Game Base and Parties have had an overhaul. Game Base is now divided into three sections — Friends, Parties, and Messages — with Parties now referring to voice chats. Your Friends list is now filed under the Friends tab for easier access, and friend requests and search are now found here too. It also looks like it'll be much easier to initiate Share Play with a group.

Six new languages are now supported with the screen reader function, including Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, and Korean. Ukrainian language support has been added across the board.

Trophies have been given a refreshed look, with Trophy cards and Trophy lists given a more colourful look. Additionally, the Trophy tracker can now suggest Trophies for your to earn while playing a game.

Voice Command (Preview) can now be enabled, letting you say "Hey, PlayStation" followed by a command. You can use this to start up games or apps, control media playback, and more. This is only available in English for US and UK accounts, but we're sure this will be expanded out over time.

There's still plenty more. In the games library, you can now filter by genre in the Your Collection tab. The PS Plus app is now pinned to the leftmost side of the home screen for easy access. Speaking of pinning, you can now pin up to five games or apps to the home screen by highlighting an icon and selecting Keep in Home from the Options menu. Also, the icon ribbon now allows for three more games or apps to be shown.

Oh, and one last note: the DualSense PS5 controller also has a software update, so make sure you get those controllers updated as well. The PS5 should automatically notify you of this after installing the PS5 firmware update.

Lots to dig into here, then! What are you looking forward to in this update? Tell us in the comments section below.