New PS5 Firmware Beta Improves DualSense Sound, Adds Share Screen Interactions 1
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Sony has just announced a new PS5 firmware update that's going into public beta testing today. A selection of PS5 users will be invited via email to try out the firmware's new features before it's rolled out to everybody. Time to check those inboxes!

So, what's the deal with this firmware beta? Well, it's not an enormous one, but what's included here is still pretty neat. First up, the firmware brings with it software updates for DualSense and DualSense Edge; the controllers' internal speakers have been improved to deliver higher volume sound, and the internal microphones now utilise new AI tech to enhance their noise-cancelling capabilities. While using the controller mic, things like button presses and game audio will be reduced further so you sound clearer to your buddies.

Elsewhere, the firmware makes improvements to the PS5's oft-ignored Share Screen functionality. With this beta firmware, the viewer will be able to move a pointer around, send out a ping, and draw lines on the host's gameplay. This allows them to highlight certain things in the game more easily. Viewers will also be able to send emojis, reacting to what's happening. If you don't like the sound of those features, the host can disable them when setting up a Share Screen.

Finally, you'll be able to adjust the brightness of the PS5's power indicator (the lights outlining the black centre of the console). You can choose from three levels of brightness.

All this will be coming in a firmware update "in the coming months" to all players, but a certain selection of users can hop into this beta stage starting now to test out these features. Did you get into the PS5 firmware beta? Do you like the sound of these updates? Let us know in the comments section below.