With the PS5 system update, actually using the console is more intuitive than ever before

With a long-awaited PS5 system update rolling out to users in the US and UK today, we’re finally getting some much needed revisions to the PlayStation 5 user interface and user experience. A new generation of hardware will typically involve a bit of a learning curve, as players work to acclimatize to changes in navigation and functionality. That’s been felt keenly after seven years spent with the PS4 UI – it wasn’t perfect, but at least it got out of your way.

As much as I have enjoyed my time with the PS5, I can’t say that I necessarily feel all that comfortable navigating it from a system level. Before the PS5 update, the home page was a bit of a mess, tracking Trophies was more confusing than it needed to be, and the Game Base and Control Center functionality could have done with a little tightening up. It still can. But while this new PS5 software update only takes minimal steps to ease some of these points of friction, it is a step in the right direction.

“Hey, PlayStation!”

(Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Let’s start with the biggest addition: PS5 Voice Command support . It has arrived in beta form for those of you in the US and UK, giving us the ability to open games, apps, and settings, and control media playback, with little more than a sprightly “Hey, PlayStation!” shouted in the general direction of your DualSense controller. That’s the idea, at least. The theory is solid, although the execution is, well… there’s a reason it’s still in beta.

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