Sony’s PlayStation 5 gets spatial audio support in latest system update

Sony drops a midnight black version of its Pulse 3D Audio headset to coincide with the update.

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Sony’s bestselling PlayStation 5 console just received its second major system update, which features a variety of upgrades and improvements – including 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers.

Once you’ve updated your PS5, you can head over to the system menu to enable the feature and allow the PS5 to measure your room’s acoustics via the microphone on your DualSense controller. The PS5 then transforms standard two-channel TV speaker audio into three-dimensional sound for a more immersive gameplay experience.

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TV speakers are not the only way to enjoy the 3D audio feature on your PS5, as the PS5 also features 3D audio support for compatible headsets. In conjunction with this new update, Sony will be releasing the popular Pulse 3D Audio headset in stylish midnight black, and will retail at the same $99/£71 price as the standard white Pulse 3D Audio headset.

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Pulse 3D Audio owners are also in for a treat as the new software update will introduce equaliser settings in the sound menu for the headset, allowing owners to customise their preferred sound profile for gaming.

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The update’s other big feature introduces support for M.2 SSD storage expansion. The high-speed storage module can be used to launch and store your games separately from the PS5’s internal memory, but those looking to upgrade will have to ensure their modules meet several specifications as outlined in the PlayStation Blog.