News 20 June 2021

Sony launch PS5 system software beta program

20 June 2021
Sony PS5

After launching the PS5 at the tail end of last year, Sony has now unveiled their new system software beta programme.

Announced by Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Experience in a blog post, users in the UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Germany and France will have the opportunity to test new software releases before they are rolled out to the wider gaming population.

In the blog, Nishino said, “By signing up, you could be among the first to put new features to the test and provide essential feedback that will help guide their development.

“Our last major PS5 system update in April introduced new features like USB extended storage, cross-generation Share Play, an improved Game Base and other UI enhancements and social features. We’ll share more in the coming weeks about what you can expect in the beta for our next update.”

The news comes as many gamers wait patiently to receive a PS5 console.

With a Covid-19 impacted rollout, shortages of the console have continued since launch and many people are still finding it difficult to move on to the next-gen stage of gaming.

Unfortunately, the shortages are expected to continue into next year with Young Liu, the chairman of Foxcoon, warning that supply and sock issues are expected to last until at least the second quarter of 2022 due to an ongoing chip shortage which is also affecting the production of cars, the Xbox and other tech.

Young Liu said, “The supply in the first two months of this quarter was still ok, as our clients are all very big, but we started to see changes happening this month” before adding that the company will not be able to fulfil all of its orders this month.

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