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PS5 Firmware 21.02-04: All the new features and hidden changes you may have missed

PS5 Firmware 21.02-04: All the new features and hidden changes you may have missed

What is all the new features in the PS5 firmware update? PlayStation 5 has had one or two firmware updates since its launch last November, but today’s is by far the largest to date. Firmware update for PS5 21.02-04 is available for download right now and brings some major improvements, changes and brand new features to the console. While some of the updates will be pretty obvious, there are many things in here that can go unnoticed. Fortunately, we’ve reviewed the PS5’s system software so you don’t have to, and we’ve put together everything we’ve found in one handy list. Without further ado, we need to go through all the major (and minor) changes to PS5’s firmware with update 21.02-04.

PS5 Firmware 21.02-04: All the new features and hidden changes you may have missed

Below is a list of all the new features and updates we’ve found in the latest PS5 firmware so far. From the big, big changes, we go through everything you need to know about the new system software, including things that fly under the radar.

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update SSD Storage

Finally, you are now able to increase the PS5’s rather difficult internal SSD storage space. The built-in SSD has a capacity of 825 GB, which fills up pretty fast these days. Fortunately, provided you buy one compatible M.2 SSD, you can install it in your console and dramatically increase storage space for your PS5 games. For one very See more instructions on how to do this: PS5 SSD: How to install a compatible M.2 NVMe SSD and expand your storage space.

3D audio support for TV speakers

Another major update relates 3D sound. Until now, Sony’s Tempest 3D sound engine has only been used via compatible headphones (that is, most headphones). But with this firmware update, the PS5 will be able to apply the technology via your TV’s built-in speakers.

It’s off by default, so go into your PS5’s audio settings, go to Audio Out, and then switch Enable 3D audio to TV speakers. Then scroll down to Measure Room Acoustics for 3D Audio and select it. After following the on-screen instructions, you can enjoy some spatial sound directly from your television.

Improved control center customization

Customizing the PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Control Center

Press the PS button and you will see the Control Center. This useful pop-up menu gives you shortcuts to all sorts of things, and you can select and select which options are displayed by pressing Options while the menu is up. With the new firmware, you can customize the control center even more and rearrange the options as you see fit.

Game Base Improvements

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Game Base Party Chat

In Control Center, brought up by pressing the PS button, one of the options is Game Base, where your friends list and parties live. With this new update you will be able to see party messages and compose new ones directly from Game Base, instead of having to navigate to the party itself first. This should be a huge time saver.

PS5 and PS4 games are more clearly defined

If you happen to have both the PS5 and PS4 versions of the same game, it has turned out to be a bit confusing as to which version is currently displayed, either on the home screen or the game library. With the new firmware update, Sony has made an effort to make them clearer, with clearer messages on the game’s icons telling you which version is displayed. Also the PS5 and PS4 versions of the same game now appear separately in the main menu and in the library, which helps you to distinguish them even more.

Trophy Tracker feature added

A new feature with this update is the Trophy Tracker. You can now attach up to five trophies per. Play via Control Center, giving you much faster access to trophies you try to unlock. Nice!

Trophy lists are now displayed vertically

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Trophy List Vertical

Huzzah! This new update brings back vertical Trophy lists. Instead of scrolling from left to right to see trophies as a series of cards, the list now appears from top to bottom, giving you more information and a better overview in general. Much better.

New controls for screen reader

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Screen Reader

If you make use of the PS5’s Screen Reader option – found in Settings> Availability – this new update adds some useful new inputs to the feature. With Screen Reader enabled, you can slide PS + Triangle to pause what is being said. Additionally, you can push PS + R1 and the screen reader will repeat what it just read to you.

New opportunities for PS Now

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update PS now

PlayStation Now subscribers will now be able to choose between 720p or 1080p resolution when streaming a game from the service. A streaming connectivity test has also been implemented to help you get the most out of your broadband and PS Now.

PS Now will make it clearer when games are removed

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update PS Now Date

Directly from the PS Now app on PS5, a game’s hub page will now tell you if and when the game leaves the service.

New Accolade

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Accolade Leader

Awards are small symbols that players can award each other for their performance and good behavior while playing online. A new Accolade, Leader, is added with this firmware update

Your PS5 automatically saves video clips of your best moments

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Personal Best Video

If you set a new personal record during a trial period or some kind of challenge, your PS5 recognizes this and saves the video clip so you can share it with your friends. This can be turned off in the Recordings and Broadcasts menu.

You can now see more trophy progress on each game’s hub screen

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Trophy Progress

Before this firmware update, if you are in the main menu and have a game highlighted, a Trophy progress box will appear in the lower right corner. It will tell you your total percentage of completion, as well as how many trophies you have earned so far. This has now changed a bit; this box now shows you this information plus shows you the distribution of gold, silver and bronze trophies you have unlocked. It’s a small change, but a useful one for trophy hunters.

There are new fonts you can add to screenshots

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Font

When you take a screenshot on PS5, you can choose to embellish it with text before sharing it. With this update, more fonts have been added so you can jazz up your recordings further.

Video recording enhancements

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware updates video recording

There are some small updates for recording video clips on PS5. When you manually record video on your console, the elapsed timer now disappears after a few seconds and reappears “when needed”. There are also several video lengths to choose from when you want to save the latest gameplay footage.

You can now watch videos directly from notifications

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Video Message Update

When you receive a message from someone who has shared a video clip, press the PS button and you can watch the video directly from the message rather than having to navigate through to the party.

Disabling the notification sound is now possible

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Notification Sound

If you do not want messages to be noisy, you can now disable the small bell that sounds when you get a pop-up. Go to Settings> Messages and disable Play sound for a more peaceful life.

Improvements to 3D Audio Headphone Profile Settings

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update 3D Sound Headphones

In Settings> Audio> Audio output, you can select Adjust 3D audio profile. This has always been included, and allows you to raise or lower the sound sample to best suit your hearing. Now you can isolate the sound from the left or right and adjust the height of each side separately.

Pulse 3D Wireless Headset EQ Customization

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Pulse Headset EQ

If you own a Pulse 3D wireless headset, you now have access to an audio EQ function. Select Control Center in Control Center, and you can choose from various presets and adjust the sliders to further customize the sound image.

You can now disable the screen pop-up window

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Screenshot Notification

When you take a snapshot with the Create button, a pop-up message appears shortly after in the upper right corner of the screen. In Settings> Recordings and Broadcasts> Recordings> Create Button, you can now disable this message, which means that it does not accidentally appear in other images. Whoa!

Additional control over party sound in broadcasts and videos

PS5 PlayStation 5 firmware update microphone sound

You can now choose to include / exclude your own microphone sound and party sound in your broadcasts and video clips with separate controls.

DualSense Wireless Controller Software Update

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update DualSense software

The new PS5 firmware update comes with a software update for the DualSense controllers themselves. Your PS5 should inform you of this when you turn on a DualSense controller and ask you to connect it and install the update. You can also now go to Settings> Accessories> Controllers and select Wireless Controller Device Software to check for updates. (At the time of publication, DualSense software version 0282 is the latest update.)

Smartphones and tablets can now use remote games with mobile data

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Mobile Data Remote Play

If you make use of the PS Remote Play app on your Apple or Android device, you may be pleased to know that this latest update enables the use of Remote Play with mobile data. You can access your PS5 either via your mobile data or the usual Wi-Fi.

Screen sharing can now be seen on smartphones and tablets

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Screen Share mobile

On PS5, Screen Share is a feature that you can easily share your screen with a friend so they can see your gameplay. With this firmware update, you can watch Screen Share on your Apple or Android smart device if you do not need the TV or you want to watch in another room.

Parental control updates

PS5 PlayStation 5 Firmware Update Parental Controls

With the new firmware, there are a few improvements in parental controls. When a child requests to play a game or use communication features in a game, the parent receives a notification on the PS5 console as well as the PlayStation app on their smart device. In addition, the child will receive a notification notifying them when their parent accepts or rejects a request or prevents the child from playing a game or using social features.

We will continue to update this guide as we find more new changes and features in the latest PS5 firmware. What are your favorite additions and enhancements? Vote in the poll and tell us your thoughts in the comments box below.


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