Firmware Thread - Current ver: 21.02-04.00.00

Stinja

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Following on from PS4 thread, latest firmware / system update info.

Console Info current version = 21.02-04.00.00.42-00.00.00.0.1


US site seems to update patch notes quicker than UK one, clicky here


Version: 21.02-04.00.00

Main features in this system software update:
  • You can now insert an M.2 SSD into your PS5 console's expansion slot and use M.2 SSD storage. Just like your PS5's console storage, you can install PS5 and PS4 games in M.2 SSD storage and play them directly from there.
  • You can use PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs with a capacity of 250 GB minimum and 4 TB maximum.
  • To safely insert or remove your M.2 SSD, make sure your PS5 is turned off and that the AC power cord is unplugged.
  • To use M.2 SSD storage, insert your M.2 SSD into your PS5's expansion slot while your PS5 is turned off. When you turn on your PS5, you'll format your M.2 SSD so that it's ready to use.
  • To move a PS5 or PS4 game that's installed in console storage or USB extended storage to M.2 SSD storage, go to your game library, press the options button and then select [Move Games and Apps]. Then, select the game you want to move and then select [Move].
  • To install games to M.2 SSD storage by default, go to [Settings] > [Storage] > [Installation Location], select [PS5 Games and Apps] or [PS4 Games and Apps] and then select [M.2 SSD Storage] as the installation location.
  • You can now enjoy 3D audio through your TV speakers.
    • To enable 3D audio for your TV speakers, go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] and then turn on [Enable 3D Audio for TV Speakers].
    • You can also measure the acoustics of your room using the microphone on your DualSense wireless controller to apply the 3D audio setting that's optimised for your room.
  • In your games home screen, we've updated the following
    • If you have different platform versions of the same game installed, they'll now appear separately on your home screen.
    • Different versions of a game are now easier to spot. Icons are displayed to indicate the specific platform, such as PS5 or PS4.
  • In (Game Library), we've updated the following:
    • The [Installed] tab is now the first tab you'll see, making it easier to find games that aren't on your home screen, as well as offering quicker access to your media gallery.
    • Under the [Installed] tab, each game's tile now clearly indicates its platform (such as PS5 or PS4). Also, just as in your games home screen, different platform versions of a game will now appear separately.
    • Under the [Your Collection] tab, you'll now see that game tiles display the number of versions available to you when you're entitled to multiple versions of a game.
    • You can now hide games much more quickly.
  • In Game Base, we've updated the following:
    • From the Game Base control menu, you can now do the following:
      • You can now access party text chats and send messages from the Game Base control menu in the control centre.
      • If you're the owner of a party, you can now delete it. From the GameBase control menu, select the party you want to delete and then select [Delete Party] from the ... (more) menu. If you delete a party, it will be deleted for all members.
      • You can now see how many of your friends are online, busy or offline under the [Friends] tab.
      • You can now accept, decline or cancel multiple friend requests at the same time. To do so, under the [Friend Requests] tab, select [Received Requests] or [Sent Requests] from the (Select Multiple) menu.
    • In (Trophies), we've updated the following:
      • You can now track up to five trophies per game in the control centre using the trophy tracker.
      • To start tracking a trophy, select a trophy and then select [Start Tracking].
      • When you're playing a game, you can easily access information about the trophies you've added to your trophy tracker.
      • You can also view your trophy tracker in pin-to-side mode to see information about the trophies during gameplay.
      • When viewing the trophy lists of games, the trophies will now be displayed vertically instead of horizontally. You'll now be able to see more information for each trophy without selecting it.
  • In the control centre, we've updated the following:
    • You can now customise your control centre more freely. All the controls at the bottom of the screen can be rearranged.
    • The first time you open the control centre, you'll see a quick introduction to some of its key features.
  • When you enable the screen reader, you can now use the following features:
    • You can now pause the screen reader by pressing the PS button and triangle button at the same time. To resume, press the PS button and triangle button again.
    • You can now make the screen reader repeat anything it reads. To do so, press the PS button and the R1 button at the same time.

Other updated features

  • On an Android or iOS/iPadOS device, you can now use the PS Remote Play app to access your PS5 via mobile data.
  • There's a new accolade type: Leader. This is for a player who crafts the plan, strategises and inspires others. In PS5 games, you can give accolades like "Leader" to players after online matches, when you want to encourage positive behaviour. All of a player's accolades, including this new type, appear on their profile.
  • In PlayStation Now, we've updated the following:
    • The streaming connection test lets you identify and fix problems with your connection.
    • You can now choose your maximum streaming resolution to optimise your game performance.
    • Now you'll see directly in the game hub if and when a PlayStation Now game is scheduled to be removed, so you can be sure to try new games or play your favourites while they're still available.
  • When you're competing in challenges for a better time or a higher score and you set a new personal best, we'll automatically take a video clip of the action for you.
    • You can share the video clip directly from the challenge card in the control centre, or you can share it later from your media gallery.
    • To adjust this setting, go to [Settings] > [Captures and Broadcasts] >[Auto-Captures] > [Challenges].
  • You see suggestions in your control centre when a friend is playing a game you can join.
    • Previously, it would take about 1 day before these suggestions would appear for a friend you just added. They can now appear much more quickly.
    • Suggestions will also now appear even if your friend is playing a streamed PlayStation Now game.
  • We've made the following improvements to parental controls:
    • Now when a child requests to play a game or use communication features in a specific game, their parent or guardian will receive a notification on the PS5 and PlayStation App.
    • The child will also receive a notification when their parent or guardian accepts or denies a request, or stops allowing the child to play a game or use communication features.
  • In Media Gallery, we've added new fonts for the text you can add to your screenshots.
  • For the features available from the Create menu, we've updated the following:
    • When you're manually recording a video clip, the elapsed time counter will now automatically disappear after 3 seconds and reappear when needed.
    • We've added more video lengths for you to choose from when saving recent gameplay.
    • You can now choose whether to display save confirmation notifications for screenshots. To adjust this setting, go to [Settings] > [Captures and Broadcasts] > [Shortcuts for Create Button] and then enable or disable [Display Save Confirmation for Screenshots].
  • You can now select whether you'd like to receive notifications on your PS5 or through email about new products and special offers. To do so, go to [Settings] > [Users and Accounts] > [Account] > [Communication Preferences].
  • In (Notifications), we've updated the following:
    • When you receive pop-up notifications with videos in them, you can now start the videos directly from the pop-ups or from your notifications list.
    • You can now turn off the sound your notifications make. Go to [Settings] > [Notifications] and then turn off [Play Sound].
  • When you log in to the PS5 and an accessory with a microphone is connected, the mute status of the microphone is now displayed.
  • We've simplified the process of connecting, disconnecting and setting up your Internet connection, making these tasks easier.
  • When adjusting your 3D audio profile for headphones, you can now move the sample sound to your left or right, allowing you to select a more optimised 3D audio profile. Go to [Settings] > [Sound] > [Audio Output] and then select [Adjust 3D Audio Profile].
  • We've improved the game audio quality of some games when 3D audio for headphones is enabled.
  • If you have a PULSE 3D wireless headset, you can now access an audio EQ feature in (Sound) in the control centre, with different presets to choose from.
  • Now when you block someone, you can choose to also leave the party that only you and they are in at the same time. You won't leave parties that include other players.
  • You now have two separate controls for including your mic's audio and party audio in your broadcasts. There are two more controls for doing the same with video clips.
  • We've updated the DualSense wireless controller device software to improve stability.
  • You can now update your DualSense wireless controller device software from settings. To check if an update is available, go to [Settings] > [Accessories] > [Controllers] and then select [Wireless Controller Device Software].
Version: 21.01-03.21.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
Version: 21.01-03.20.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
  • We've updated the DualSense wireless controller device software to improve stability.
  • We've fixed an issue that restricted the functionality of some screens when the screen reader was enabled.
  • We've fixed an issue where games that you've hidden on PS4 were not hidden on PS5.
  • We've made the process of copying games from USB extended storage to console storage in the game library more stable.

Version: 21.01-03.10.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.

Version 21.01-03.00.00
  • You can now store PS5 games in USB extended storage.
    • To move PS5 games from console storage to USB extended storage, go to your home screen or game library, open the options menu for the PS5 game you want to move and then select Move to USB Extended Storage.
    • To play PS5 games that are in USB extended storage, go to your game library, and copy the game to console storage from the options menu. Copying games is faster than redownloading them. It's also faster than reinstalling them from the disc if the game on USB extended storage has add-ons or has been updated.
  • You can now enjoy Share Play with players on PS4. Use Share Play to invite your friends on PS4 to watch you play a game, or even hand over control to them.
  • We've added zoom to our accessibility features. Use zoom to magnify what's on your screen. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Display > Zoom to enable this feature.
  • We've added Disable Game Chat Audio in the control centre under Sound. If you turn on this setting, your voice won't be heard, and you won't hear other players' voices in game chats. This setting doesn't apply to party voice chat audio.
  • In Game Base, we've updated the following:
    • You can more easily access recent parties and see your online friends. Use the R1 and L1 buttons to quickly move between tabs.
    • You can now turn notifications on or off for each of the parties you're in.
    • You can now adjust the volume of other players' voices in party voice chat as well as in the game chat of some games. From the voice chat card in the control centre, select a player to adjust their volume.
  • In Profile, we've updated the following:
    • You can now share your favourite gaming moments more easily than ever. Under the Shared tab, select Go to Media Gallery and pick your favourite media to share.
    • We've separated videos and broadcasts under the Shared tab for easier browsing.
  • You can now manage all the games you follow by going to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Manage Followed Games. This allows you to unfollow games without having to navigate to the individual news posts or game hubs.
  • For displays that support the HDMI device link feature, you can now enable or disable one-touch play and power off link individually. Go to Settings > System > HDMIto change these settings.
    • When one-touch play is enabled, turning on your PS5 console will also turn on your connected display.
    • When power off link is enabled, turning off your connected display will put your PS5 console in rest mode.
  • You can now set the country or region in the parental control settings for PS5 console users and guests who haven't joined or signed in to PlayStation Network.
    • The country or region you select will determine what rating system is applied to PS5 games and apps. To change a user's country or region, go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls, select the user, and then select PS5 under Age level for games and apps.
    • You can also set the country or region in advance for new users and guests on your PS5 console. To do so, go to Settings > Family and Parental Controls > PS5 Console Restrictions > Parental Controls for New Users > PS5.
  • You can now hide games in Game Library. If you hide a game, it will no longer be displayed under the Your Collection tab.
    • To hide a game, go to the Your Collection tab, open the game's options menu, and then select Hide.
    • To view your hidden games, go to the Your Collection tab, open the Sort and Filter menu, and then select Hidden Items.
    • To unhide a game, turn on the Hidden Items filter, open the options menu for the game you want to unhide, and then select Unhide.
    • Games you hide on your PS4 console will also be hidden on your PS5 console.
Other updated features
  • We've added the following features to saved data management:
    • When you start or resume a PS5 game, your console will check for newer saved data in cloud storage. If you have more recent saved data in cloud storage, you can choose to sync the data.
    • It's now easier to manage your saved data directly from the home screen. When you open the options menu for a game, you'll now see Upload/Download Saved Data and Check Sync Status of Saved Data.
  • We now support more emojis.
  • In Trophies, we've updated the following:
    • You can now access screenshots and videos taken the moment you earn a trophy. Select a trophy you've earned to see related media.
    • You can now choose which grades of trophies you want to save trophy screenshots and videos for. To change these settings, go to Settings > Captures and Broadcasts > Trophies.
    • Now when you select a hidden trophy, you can press the square button to quickly show hidden information.
    • You can now go directly to a game's trophy list from a trophy card by selecting Go to Trophies in the options menu.
    • Once you've selected a sort order for your trophies, your trophies will remain sorted in that order for all games.
    • You can now view your trophy stats by pressing the square button on the Trophies screen.
    • Now when you sort your trophies by rarity or earned date, the trophy cards will show the rarity or earned date information.
  • If you install this update, Enable Chat Transcription in accessibility settings will be turned off. If you want to use the chat transcription feature, turn this setting back on.
  • In the multitasking feature for cards, we've updated the following:
    • Now when you focus on the multitasking icon on a card, you'll see hints about the multitasking modes that are available: picture-in-picture, pin to side, or both.
    • We've added a button guide to show you how to interact with a card that's currently in multitasking mode.
  • You can now see your wireless controller's battery percentage in the control centre.
  • In the game or subscription hub, you'll now see promotional offers that are currently available, including those for PlayStation Plus, PlayStation Now and EA Play subscribers. To view the options that aren't displayed in the hub, press the ... (more options) button.
  • When playing a game you've hidden by selecting Hide your games from other players in your privacy settings, other players will no longer see information about the game you're currently playing next to your online status.
  • Some PC monitors that can display 1080p/120 Hz now support 120 Hz display for games. If you're having trouble viewing your game at 120 Hz, go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output, and then turn off Enable 120 Hz Output.
  • We've added the option to switch the video output to non-HDR when using a game or app that doesn't support HDR. To change this setting, go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > HDR.
  • We've made updates to the system software to improve stability and performance.

Version 20.02-02.50.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
  • In rare cases, the PS4 version of a game would install from the disc after you upgraded to and installed the PS5 version. Now, when you insert the PS4 game disc, the PS4 version won't install unexpectedly.
  • You can now select and edit video clips using Share Factory Studio from your media gallery.
Version 20.02-02.30.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
  • Resolved an issue where data transfers and downloads were cancelled when trying to download content while a data transfer from a PS4 is in progress.
  • Some issues that were causing errors during text input in some PS4 games have been resolved.
  • The connection stability has been improved for some Wi-Fi routers.
Version 20.02-02.26.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
  • An issue where installed disc versions of games were sometimes deleted was resolved.
  • An issue that prevented the PS5 wireless controller from being charged while in rest mode when connected to the PS5's front side USB Type-A port using the USB cable included with some PS5 consoles was resolved.
Version 20.02-02.25.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
  • An issue where users couldn't download games because only the "Queued for Download" or "View Details" option was displayed was resolved. If you encounter this issue, update the system software to the latest version, and then try starting your PS5 in safe mode to rebuild the database.

Just had one drop (like literally just as Demon Souls crashed and restarted) and just said "performance improvements" or something :rolleyes:
Day 1 patch for you late joiners i guess.

EDIT: updated for GB link, and used their naming convention
EDIT2: another update
EDIT3: and another
EDIT4: ditto
EDIT5: stability!
EDIT6: moar
EDIT7: system performance, woot
EDIT8: changes to GameBase, extra drive support etc
 
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Jimster71

Distinguished Member
Following on from PS4 thread, latest firmware / system update info.

Current version = 20.02-2.25.00.02-00.00.00.0.1

Just had one drop (like literally just as Demon Souls crashed and restarted) and just said "performance improvements" or something :rolleyes:
Day 1 patch for you late joiners i guess.

Pretty much all Playstation updates are for performance and stability improvements.
 

madmonk3y

Active Member
Following on from PS4 thread, latest firmware / system update info.

Current version = 20.02-2.25.00.02-00.00.00.0.1

Just had one drop (like literally just as Demon Souls crashed and restarted) and just said "performance improvements" or something :rolleyes:
Day 1 patch for you late joiners i guess.
Nice one - thanks for the heads up - just downlooaded in readiness to patch it. Beat the overloaded network rush on release day :)
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
A nice catchy naming system for PS5 firmware then. None of this long-winded "8.00" like for the PS4. :rotfl:

I assume/hope that the US equivalent of this new version has been used without bricking any consoles? Probably just my paranoia but I think I'm remembering teething problems with early firmware updates for the PS3 (not sure about PS4)?
 

JonJ

Active Member
Judging by US comments, it seems like some users are having issues with PS5 game downloads and rest mode. It does seem like this new firmware has fixed USB port charging for some, but so far not the Call of Duty PS5 download issues. Maybe that is a game software issue.

Here's hoping when all us UK owners get them tomorrow a bunch of stuff has been ironed out!
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
I usually wait for a few days before updating any firmware, just to give me time to read around a bit. Might just be me that doesn't people to get things right first time... :rotfl:
 

FadgewackeR

Distinguished Member
I usually wait for a few days before updating any firmware, just to give me time to read around a bit. Might just be me that doesn't people to get things right first time... :rotfl:
Good luck with that, I believe it's forced to get your unit activated.
 

FadgewackeR

Distinguished Member
I'll be avoiding rest mode for a wee while, thanks to @Stinja for the heads up. As he rightly says, as fast as it is, it should be little hardship, as long as you know about it.
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
Good luck with that, I believe it's forced to get your unit activated.

Okay. Guess I'll need to bite the bullet then! :)

However at the moment I'm still waiting from Amazon to take my money and progress my order so not counting any chickens quite yet.
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
Yeah, you won't get far without it and I really wouldn't recommend not updating it

I've interpreted your double negatives in that sentence and what I think you mean is that you're taking sole responsibility for my firmware update? :D
 

Sab

Active Member
Good luck to every one waiting for their deliveries tomorrow. I am sure that they will arrive in perfect condition and on time.:nono:
 

Big Starbuck

Well-known Member
Just finished setting my console up and stuck it on rest mode to charge the controller but I’m not able to use the front port, the rear works fine though. I’ve been aware of reports on this as well as other well documented issues potentially related to rest mode so I’m not surprised. Hopefully this gets sorted soon while I wait to get my hands on the official charging station.
 

MrTea34

Active Member
Just finished setting my console up and stuck it on rest mode to charge the controller but I’m not able to use the front port, the rear works fine though. I’ve been aware of reports on this as well as other well documented issues potentially related to rest mode so I’m not surprised. Hopefully this gets sorted soon while I wait to get my hands on the official charging station.
Isn’t there an option to make it not go into rest mode? Think I’m gonna set it to that until a patch comes out. Seems like rest mode is the culprit of the crashes etc
 

JonJ

Active Member
Isn’t there an option to make it not go into rest mode? Think I’m gonna set it to that until a patch comes out. Seems like rest mode is the culprit of the crashes etc
I'm waiting for my PS5 to arrive today. I did read on some US forums that the latest firmware update had fixed controller charging on the front port for some people ....
 

Big Starbuck

Well-known Member
Isn’t there an option to make it not go into rest mode? Think I’m gonna set it to that until a patch comes out. Seems like rest mode is the culprit of the crashes etc
There is an option to not have it in rest mode but I wanted to charge the controller whilst the console wasn’t switched on. The only usb plugs I have lying around are for iPhones and I don’t want to risk them over rest mode lol.
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
Am I reading the information incorrectly or do you have to go into Safe Mode to install a firmware update from a USB stick? I'd have guessed there would be a menu option to "Update Via USB" under "normal operation".

I only ever updated using the download method for the PS4 so this is new to me.
 

golden phoenix

Distinguished Member
new software update


PS5 system software update
An update to the system software for PlayStation®5 consoles was released on 25/11/20.
For the best PlayStation experience, always update your PS5™ console to the latest version of the system software. By updating, you can enjoy additional features, improved usability and enhanced security.
PS5 system software features
Update your PS5 console with the latest system software. You can also check out the features that are available in the update here. In addition, you can view the online user's guide in the PS5 console's Settings menu.
Version 20.02-02.26.00
  • This system software update improves system performance.
  • An issue where installed disc versions of games were sometimes deleted was resolved.
  • An issue that prevented the PS5 wireless controller from being charged while in rest mode when connected to the PS5's front side USB Type-A port using the USB cable included with some PS5 consoles was resolved.
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
Anybody want to try this first and tell me if it bricks their console? :D

Whilst it's good that they've (probably) resolved these issues they all seem like bits of functionality that should've been tested before the console was unleashed. But then I guess you can probably say that about any bug fix during any product's lifecycle.
 

golden phoenix

Distinguished Member
Anybody want to try this first and tell me if it bricks their console? :D

Whilst it's good that they've (probably) resolved these issues they all seem like bits of functionality that should've been tested before the console was unleashed. But then I guess you can probably say that about any bug fix during any product's lifecycle.
ive just updated all good so far 868 MB
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
There's beta testing and then there's real world gamer testing :D

Stability updates became a meme on PS4, but they sure are useful at the start of a new console run..
 

LotusElan

Distinguished Member
Incorrectly deleting games and charging the controller doesn't take a lot of testing, just the foresight to think about it and add it to the test spec! We're not talking about low level fault injection or analysing data packets here, just the cheapest test engineer available checking things are still installed after a power cycle and plugging stuff in. :rotfl:

I do get where you're coming from, though. :D
 

Toasty

Distinguished Member
Beta tester - yeah, the USB ports all charge the controller, may have seen something weird in rest mode, I'll flag a low priority issue..

2 million gamers - FRONT USB PORT DOESN'T CHARGE THE CONTROLLER IN REST MODE!!!!!

;)

But seriously, there will be list of issues Sony are working though and they'll have a priority and schedule plan for it, which will change based gamer feedback..
 

golden phoenix

Distinguished Member
Beta tester - yeah, the USB ports all charge the controller, may have seen something weird in rest mode, I'll flag a low priority issue..

2 million gamers - FRONT USB PORT DOESN'T CHARGE THE CONTROLLER IN REST MODE!!!!!

;)

But seriously, there will be list of issues Sony are working though and they'll have a priority and schedule plan for it, which will change based gamer feedback..

im hoping their working on the HDD crashes and system rebuilds people are having to do. plus COD seems to be causing all kinds of crashes, multiple installs, rebuilds for some people.
 

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