Beta launch of PS5 and PS4 system software on Wednesday

The upcoming PlayStation system update will give PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners more control over group chats, such as the ability to create private chats, as well as several other accessibility and quality-of-life features. announced Sony on Tuesday. The new features will be tested in a beta that will launch on Wednesday.

The changes mean that party chat on PS4 and PS5 will have the option of being an open or closed party, according to a PlayStation Blog post. An open party allows friends of the host to view and join the party without being invited, and also allows friends of party members to join as well. A closed game means that only invited players can join.

Voice commands, which the PlayStation 4 has had since launch, will also come to the PS5 with the system update. The beta also brings new accessibility features, like mono audio for headphones, as well as support for screen reader text in six additional languages. PS5 owners will also receive voice chat reports and an updated UI on the home screen and in the trophy tracker.

This is not an exhaustive list of all changes; many more are coming, many of them much smaller, when the beta begins on February 9. The PlayStation Blog has more.

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