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.
And as all beta versions before suggested… still no VRR.
At least it’s mentioned in their blog post for this update again with an release „during the upcoming months“.
Games need an additional Update to support it otherwise there is an option to activate it even if a game does not officially support VRR.
No folders? 0/10 haha.
@SoulChimera look how many years this take on the PS4 or the switch
Folders are a groundbreaking feature. Not easy to implement. This takes a lot of effort.
Folders have actually just become a feature on switch!
@thefourfoldroot Yes, half a decade later 😂
@thefourfoldroot I know that was the reason for my comment because I read it yesterday.
Look how long it takes there. Switch was released in 2017!!
Pinning games to home screen is awesome, wish PS4 had that
@Reeneman PS4 had Folders after about 1 year tho
Come on Sony... give us themes and folders.
I really don't know how themes would work since each game takes the whole screen with their own "backgrounds"
Oh nice! Was looking forward to this. Going to update now just so I can pin those games.
Can’t get excited about much of this. Hopefully the changes to the trophy display makes things easier to navigate. The voice control might be good to open games that aren’t pinned or recently used j guess, rather than going through the library, if that’s an option.
Don’t use any of the social features but hopefully people like that.
Incidentally, Nintendo added folders to the Switch the other day. It's all go in the land of firmware updates at the moment.
Been part of the Beta since it launched, great set of features and even the voice command responded better that I expected. Great to hear everyone can take advantage now.
first thing i noticed was they made the row wider but still no option to add folders , themes , and stuff that the ps4 has that the 5’s still missing
trash update honestly
@ED_209 so did games on the ps3 & the ps3 had even better themes than the ps4 .
Still bloody waiting for them to update the app in the UK so i can view my videos and images on my phone.
Damn, all of these features, but no improvement to system performance this time around?
I look forward to seeing what I think of the actual update shortly. Installing it now. Since this update was pretty much already announced before since it was in beta, not sure why things liked folders or VRR were expected. Granted they should already be there, but we pretty much knew what was coming in this update.
@Kidfunkadelic83 I'm also really keen to see this updated!
This update has broken online. Multiple users reporting errors. Games think they don’t have plus when trying play but they do. Basically all online play is broken which requires plus on PS5. Not sure if PS4 also
@DrClayman So just as long as it took for PS4 then?
Nice little features. But as a PSVR user, I must confirm that unfortunately, the PS Move controllers still do not charge when the PS5 is in rest mode. That worked well with the PS4 in that mode, but it only work with the PS5 when it is running. It does not work either with standard cellphone USB power adaptors, so I must rely on the PC. I can't understand what is so complicated, I know they are old tech, but still, they are supposed to be 100% supported anyway.
@B-I-G-DEVIL OH MY GOD YOURE RIGHT !! i can’t play online ! That’s all i damn near play , so my ps5 is basically broken 😭
@Bu1ld0g Pretty much lol I wanna say PS4 took 3-4 years off the top of my head, but we're splitting hairs here, equally as ridiculous regardless
@nomither6 yes I got bombarded with comment on YouTube 😅 so it’s definitely affecting a lot of people. Some said free to play games work but not been able test that as I’m out
@thefourfoldroot but you have to dig to find them... Hopefully folders on PS5 will be pinnable to the home screen.
Timely. Tying in nicely with my storage expansion
@B-I-G-DEVIL so i just tried MK11 ( PS4 and PS5 version since i have both installed) and online is working for me again . maybe they jumped on this issue immediately and it’s being fixed as we speak .
I’m in the US by the way
@Kidfunkadelic83 this for me too. With HZD I have somehow accumulated over 200 photos, it would be nice to just access them through the app rather than faffing about.
I meant HFW but the first game is also a stunner!
@MightyDemon82 damn right. Apparently its been rolled out in some countries for weeks already.
Can't play online at all. Damn Sony
@Sam_ATLUS Right there with you. Would love to bring some of my ps4 themes over to PS5. Maybe one day
Must be honest, rarely play more than 2 games at once, so the current system of ordering by last use is fine for me. I understand some maniacs play dozens of games at a time though! Lol
I doubt we'll ever see folders or, especially, themes. It messes with their idea of the hub and cards, which I've found to be pretty useless.
It's kind of funny that nintendo and playstation get not-folders nearly at the same time lol.
I still want to folders like in the ps4 though.
@Yamato01 I have so many themes from PS4 especially Persona related from P5R I'd love to have them on PS5 and just give the home screen some more character.
Wow, quite a nice looking update on paper. Will have to see how it looks in practice when I get home. I like they implemented filtering by genre. That’s something I’ve been wanting for a while. Hopefully it functions well so I can just browse my library of 400 games that much easier when I’m looking for a shooter, or whatever.
I’m surprised at the voice command feature, as I never use those kinds of things and didn’t realize people actually use that instead of just pressing a button. I never use Siri on my phone, nor the voice commands for my smart TV. Seems gimmicky and rarely saves me time. It also freaks me out they my electrics are always listening to me… 😬
@Sam_ATLUS Speaking of P5R themes, the one that I mostly used was the Maruki version. Really hoping that I can move it over to PS5 eventually.
& I still can't back-up my PS5 game saves to USB stick still :-/ BRILLIANT THANKS SONY
I just want the game icons on the home screen to display as the actual PS5 versions, not PS4. Considering that’s how they were displayed up until a few system updates back, it shouldn’t take too much effort to get them back to how they were, right? The icons for Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Deathloop are the standout eyesores in my opinion.
Online game is gone for me.. I still can connect to psn and I see every thing related to ps plus.. but still. what a great update (being ironic here).
@Th3solution I hear you about 'always on' voice activation, and nothing is listening in my house.
However, those systems where you push a button to talk (like on the sky remote for instance) are actually fantastic. If I'm searching for a film I simply have to press a button and say the name and the options are displayed, well before I could even reach the search screen and start adding letters one by one to a search term. There are a great many situations where voice command is infinitely quicker and a genuine boon, but I still dont want 'always on' monitoring!
Still haven’t fixed the icon of PS4 version of games appearing every time you put the disc to play the PS5 upgraded version.
@SoulChimera Don't get the deal behind folders? Do yall have that many games in your back catalog? Does your Playstation even fit THAT much games?
@JosephTheSheik I think I’ve got about 200+ on mine at the moment. I would mainly like them for my VR games, they are the only ones I keep installed even if I’ve finished them. If you could sort by VR I would be fine with that.
If you’ve got your PlayStation hat on, it’s nice to have a quick way to look at what’s available to play, without it having to scroll through everything.
I used to also use them to keep track of stuff on my PS4. For example, PS Plus games, VR games, PS Now games, Retail games, Digital games. I had about 400 on there at one point.
Not the end of the world, but it would be nice to have them back.
Any word on if they plan to add a toggle for the dualsense's Home button functionality when pressed vs held? This continues to throw me off to this day.
I think they should at least give us themes for the control center.
I’d like to see a PS2 themed control center using the iconography from that era.
Good start, just keep the functionality updates coming.
I went for the calendar route. I rotate games out per week. Like this week for example…
Every Day: Fortnite daily quests
Every Day: Dead or Alive 6 DOA quests x3
Tuesday and Thursday: HFW work on post game and trophies
Mon, Wed, Fri: Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS5) do two story missions. After that, play Metroid Dread for a while.
I’ve found the calendar system to work really well for consistently progressing through my games. Some games like Metroid aren’t really made for it, though. So I play it fast and loose with that one.
When Nintendo is pushing OS features before Sony, you know things are messed up. Maybe PS6 will use cartridges.
UPDATE: According to the official PlayStation Status website, connectivity issues are currently being investigated as Sony states “You might have difficulty launching games, apps, or network features. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience”.
Seems rational. I like to completely engross myself in a game rather than dip in and out though. Plus most of my games have a narrative and trying to follow a convoluted JRPG, for example, can be difficult enough without time gaps! Lol
The other problem Is would have I that I simply can’t always control when I’ll get time to play. Having a wife to consider and all.
@Reeneman VRR is coming soon. From PlayStation Blog - Variable Refresh Rate support is coming to PS5 in the months ahead.
I cant wait for this feature!
I know I'm in the minority here, but I really wish they would fix how bad the main trophy list looks. That clear square border around all my PS4/PS3 games drives me nuts.
VRR, 1440p (similar to Series X) and folders please!
@SoulChimera Amazing reading spoiled kids whine about having amazing stuff that they don't find quite as amazing as they want it to be...
But have they improved stability and/or system performance???
Seems like a pretty sizable update! I have currently been loving the OS as it is but these added features are a nice bonus.
I understand that people want folders and themes, but I'd rather have some equivalent to Xbox's quick resume and FPS boost. I'm not expecting them to do it anytime soon, but it would be awesome.
Also, why the hell did they remove the "what's new" tab that the PS4 had on the PS5? I used to like it.
Still no UAC2 DAC support? C'maaaaaaawn Sony I want to use my hifi speakers!
There are 3 things I'm looking for:
2. the ability to sort trophies alphabetically
3. 3D Blu-ray support (maybe it'll come with PSVR2?)
@GDSEP I know ... That made no sense taking it out
@Dpishere It's an underwhelming update
@SoulChimera used to love folders on ps4
@RevengeFan totally agree 👍 👌
There is still so much missing for me... Long press the PS button to pop up a quick menu for simple stuff like putting the console to sleep, folders, themes, sort the store out so I stop seeing PS4 versions of everything, VRR, get rid of the pointless game base thing, fix the bloody file system so you can move content around and not lock the console up for hours, and it's 2022 Sony, your console should be able cope with loss of power and not have to do a file system check on restart. None of that is in any order, but all of it would be much appreciated
Oh yeah, a quick resume system that actually works please!
Biggest feature they didn't mention was they finally added ALLM! This one's a big deal for me as watching video through the PS5 is always annoying having to switch between game mode and Filmmaker mode. So glad they finally added this
1: You need to start a game from collections then exit it to see if there's an update
2: Folders non existent
3: Wallpapers and Dynamic themes non existent
4: Browser non existent
Sony your update is @@$
@DrClayman it was yeah, I went to fact check myself after posting as it felt like decades before we got folders.
So hopefully we'll get folders on PS5 late next year too lol.
I tried the ’Hey PlayStation’ gimmick for almost 2 minutes then disabled it back. It’s useless and I don’t think it’s working well.
It worked better on the PS4.
@Bu1ld0g @Zanyboy786 @chanandler @RevengeFan @TJ81 @wiiware @nomither6 @Sam_ATLUS @SoulChimera Seriously where the hell are Folders? My home screen is a mess and it's driving me bonkers.
@JosephTheSheik I personally need folders so I can hide away all of the default/pre-installed apps that I never use.
I've rarely ever used PS4 Folders for actual games lol.
Annoying that they still haven’t put the fix back in to stop PS4 versions from attempting to install every time you put a disc with an upgrade in. How hard can it be considering it was fixed at one time?
Let's look into the real truth of software updates... 'Piracy' but Sony doesn't like to say. When we had the psp there was an update every month because it was hacked every time. Sony would love to give a new software update every month on ps5 where they say it's for software stability but how long would we put up with that for? So now and then sony throws in a couple of new, sometimes pointless features to hide what's really happening. Yes sony hears us but they don't bother that much. It took a whole generation leap to get trophy tracking and still haven't got that right.
Now we've been asking for 'folders' for our home screen because the 'ui' is a mess compared to PS4 and what we get is pinning a few games to the home screen instead.
Instead of fannying about with pinning they should have implementing custom folders. Did someone here say it took a year to be a feature on ps4? So sony know how to do this and shouldn't have taken this long.
@JJ2 nothing worked for me till I went into settings and enabled the feature. Then the microphone on the controller picked it up.
Have you got your microphone enabled on the device you are using whether it's the controller, camera or headphones
@KidBoruto I need this feature desperately too. The PS4 home screen wasn't too bad before folders but when it had the feature, it was bliss to have everything organised. On PS5 I have the ps5 games mixed with ps4 games and if you have psvr games installed, It only says ps4 and not psvr. I'm not sure if the ps4 game is vr or not as I don't remember so will have to load game to check or look online.
@Zanyboy786 what's crazy is that you can go into settings/system and you can change Web browser settings. Why if there is no browser to access the Internet. I know there's a neat trick to access the Internet. Never tried it, I image it sucks like the PS3 and ps4 browser do.
@chanandler plus the double tap on PS button to quickly switch to previous app I miss.
@Bamf I just want to be able to shove/hide away all of the useless preinstalled apps on the PS5 that are cluttering my home screen.
Yes thank you. Setting and micro ok. I was just not happy the way I had to repeat and it was limited what it could do. 👍🏻
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