The first major system update for Sony’s PlayStation 5 arrives today in beta form, allowing you to finally expand the console’s 667 GB of usable storage by adding your own PCIe Gen 4 SSD as well as testing new user interface options and extended 3D audio support. But the full changelog also includes a few features that Sony didn’t highlight, including a way to easily update your DualSense controller if you press the wrong button!
You see, the PS5 currently has a very silly flaw: the only time you can update your controller is when you start the console. And if you say no or accidentally press the O button instead of X, you can’t trigger this update for 24 hours (or you change your PS5’s internal clock to trick it).
But in beta 2.0 there is now a dedicated menu for this under Settings> Accessories> Controllers called Wireless controller device software. Please forgive my grainy photo.
You’ll still see controller update prompts when you launch the console, and hitting the circle button will always dismiss them instantly.
The beta also slightly improves one of our other UI frustrations – the ability to easily shut down the console. It’s still a mystery why Sony stopped letting you long-press the PS button to require extra taps, but at least now you can change how many taps it takes. By tapping the hamburger / start button in the PS5’s quick actions menu, you can now drag any of them (including the PS5’s digital power button) to a different position in it. menu.
Separately, did you know that the PS5 lets you set up all kinds of parental controls for your child on what they can play, watch, and do, and it lets you approve their requests remotely over the web? I didn’t know it, and the beta update now lets you see and respond to those requests through the latest version of the PlayStation mobile app, not just email.
Frankly, it still needs some work: it’s a complicated process that takes you to a web browser for setup, requires your child to be signed in to a PlayStation Network account (not just a local profile), requires you to configure all of them. kinds of limits, and kicks you to a web browser Again (requiring you to log in) when you want to approve a request. And once you let your kid play a particular game, they’ll keep playing until you whitelist them.
What I want is a simple rich phone notification that effectively lets me hit “yes, you can play it for 30 minutes” or “not yet, kid” and be done right now. Maybe there is some time before software 2.0 turns gold? Or maybe in a future update.