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Latest PS5 update includes new accessibility features like "assist controller" support

"This feature introduces a new way for you to enjoy games collaboratively."

Chris Kerr, News Editor

September 13, 2023

1 Min Read
A photograph of the DualSense controller and PlayStation 5 console

The latest PlayStation 5 system update includes full support for new accessibility features such as system UI haptic feedback and assist controllers.

The latter allows users to assign a second controller to one account as a designated "assist controller," letting them use two gamepads to operate the PlayStation 5 as if using a single controller.

"This feature introduces a new way for you to enjoy games collaboratively with others or help a friend or child navigate a particularly challenging section of a game," reads a post from SIE senior vice president of platform experience, Hideaki Nishino, on the PlayStation Blog.

It's worth noting that it's possible to use an assist controller when your main controller is a DualSense, DualSense Edge, or PS5-supported third-party gamepad.

Sticking with accessibility, Nishino explained the inclusion of new system UI haptic feedback options will enable users to toggle-on system sound effects for certain events that will also be reflected physically through haptics. Those events might include reaching the end limit of a scrollable section, checking a box, or receiving a notification.

The update will also add other features such as support for PS Remote Play on more Android devices; support for compatible Dolby Atmos-enabled audio devices like soundbars, TVs, or home theatre systems; ease-of-use features including the ability to search for games in your library; and, crucially, PS App improvements including enhanced emoji support.

Notably, support for larger-capacity M.2 SSDs is also bundled into the latest update, letting PS5 owners use an M.2 SSD with a maximum capacity of 8TB–a significant upgrade on the previous 4TB limit.

You can find out more about the latest PlayStation 5 update by checking out the full blog post.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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