PlayStation 5 and controller.

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Just Sony announced a ton of new features are currently under development. features such as support for 1440p output they teased for for a while others feel like the ability to natively join Discord voice chat, for example, should have been announced a few years earlier in the console’s lifecycle.

You won’t be the first to access these features unless you’re selected for the beta, but they look promising enough. Finally, you’ll be able to make Discord calls directly from PlayStation 5 and show the person you’re talking to the game you’re playing (just like the mobile and desktop versions).

The PS5 will also have other notable social features. Finally, you’ll be able to request screen shares directly from your friends’ profiles, join game sessions via Fun chats, and see what games your friends have on their account. If you’re picky about who gets to join your games (like me), don’t worry: Sony gives PS5 owners the ability to dictate who can and can’t join your games.

These additions are potentially huge boons for the multiplayer ecosystem that Sony has been trying to build ever since. Bungie got it for $3.6 billion. And according to financial call As of last year, multiplayer was the biggest reason why PlayStation Plus users continued to pay to use Sony’s game subscription service every month.

Even if you’re not big on multiplayer, Sony is developing features that are suitable for all PlayStation owners. What excites me the most is the ability to use voice command to record video. You wouldn’t fiddle with the details by hand either; you can preset how long the middle clip should be.

If you’ve recently upgraded to a current-gen console, you probably remember that game save transfers are a huge pain point. Currently, the only way to shuffle your PlayStation 4 storage into your new console was to dig into your cloud storage. PlayStation Plus subscribers will finally be able to automatically transfer saved data. Even if you don’t pay for Sony’s game subscription service, you’ll soon be able to transfer data between individual PS5s. You know, now the average person is supposed to be able to do it protect multiple consoles.

If you’re lucky enough to receive a beta sign-up email, you can preview these features before anyone else. So check your inbox carefully.

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