The first major system update for Sony’s PlayStation 5 arrives in beta today, finally allowing you to expand the console’s 667GB of usable storage by adding your own PCIe Gen 4 SSD, testing new UI options, and 3D audio support. expand. But the full changelog also includes a few features Sony hasn’t marked to press – including a way to easily update your DualSense controller if you hit the wrong button!
You see, the PS5 has a really stupid flaw right now: the only time you can update your controller is when you boot up the console. And if you say no or accidentally press the O button instead of X, you won’t be able to activate that update until 24 hours have passed (or you’re adjusting your PS5’s internal clock to cheat).
But in Beta 2.0 there is now a special menu for that below Settings > Accessories > Controllers called Wireless controller device software. Forgive my grainy photo.
You will still see prompts for controller updates when you start the console – and pressing the circle button will still remove them immediately.
The beta also makes one of our other UI frustrations slightly better: the ability to turn off the console with ease. It’s still a mystery why Sony switched from long-pressing the PS button to requiring extra taps, but at least now you can change how many taps it takes. By pressing the hamburger/start button on the PS5’s quick actions menu, you can now drag them (including the PS5’s digital power button) to a different position in that menu.
Apart from that, did you know that with the PS5 you can set all kinds of parental controls for your child on what they can play, watch and do, as well as approve their requests remotely over the internet? I didn’t realize that, and with the beta update, you can now see and answer those questions through the latest version of the PlayStation mobile app, not just email.
Honestly, it still needs work: it’s a complicated process that sends you to a web browser to set it up, requires your kid to be signed in to a PlayStation Network account (not just a local profile), you have all kinds of limits set up, and kicks you to a web browser again (which requires login) when you want to approve a request. And once you let your child play a certain game, they can keep playing until you remove it from the whitelist.
What I want is a simple extended phone notification that effectively lets me tap “yeah, you can play this for 30 minutes” or “not now, boy” and be done with it right away. Maybe there will be time before the 2.0 software goes gold? Or maybe in a future update.