Sony just announced a bunch of new features currently in development. Features such as support for 1440p Exit are plagued for some time while others, like the ability to natively join a Discord voice chat, feel like they should have been announced sooner than several years into the console’s lifecycle.
You won’t be the first to access these features unless you’re selected for the beta, but they seem pretty promising. Finally, you can have Discord conversations straight from your PlayStation 5 and show the game you’re playing to whoever you’re talking to (much like the mobile and desktop versions).
The PS5 also gets other notable social features. You can finally request screenshare directly from your friends’ profiles, join gaming sessions via ‘Party’ chats, and see what games your friends also have on their account. If you’re picky about who gets to join your games (like me), don’t worry: Sony is giving PS5 owners the ability to dictate who can and can’t join your games.
These additions are potentially huge benefits to the multiplayer ecosystem that Sony has been trying to build ever since Bought Bungie for $3.6 billion. And according a financial call Last year’s multiplayer was the biggest reason PlayStation Plus users continued to pay each month to use Sony’s gaming subscription service.
Even if you’re not a big fan of multiplayer, Sony is developing features that are applicable to all PlayStation owners. What I’m most excited about is the ability to use a voice command to capture video. You wouldn’t mess with details manually either; you can create presets for how long an average clip should be.
If you’ve recently upgraded to a current-gen console, you probably remember that saving games was a huge pain point. Currently, the only way to shuffle your PlayStation 4 saves to your new console was to dig into your cloud storage. PlayStation Plus subscribers will eventually be able to transfer saved data automatically. Even if you don’t pay for Sony’s gaming subscription service, you’ll soon be able to transfer data between individual PS5s. You know, now that it’s supposedly possible for the average person secure more than one console.
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If you’re lucky enough to receive a beta opt-in email, you’ll be the first to preview these features. So check your inbox carefully.