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The second PlayStation 5 system software beta launches today, with some features also available to PS4 users.

Sony has detailed the new enhancements included in the PlayStation 5’s second system software beta trial.

The extensive list of updates is headlined by new party chat options available for PS5 and PS4 systems. Users can now choose between an open or closed party. An open party allows friends to join without an invite, and a closed party is only for invited players. Other additions include a visual indicator to assist voice chat reporting and the ability to launch Share Play straight from the voice chat card.

Elsewhere, the Game Base menu is now divided into three tabs: Friends, Parties and Messages. The revamp is designed to improve managing friend requests, searching for players, creating groups, and sending messages.

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User interface enhancements include the welcome option to filter games by genre. And home screens can now display up to 14 titles, five of which can be pinned using the new Keep in Home feature.

On the accessibility front, six new languages – Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, and Korean – get Screen Reader support, and headphone sound output can be set to mono. UK and US beta participants can also preview the system’s new suite of voice command features.

Access to the PlayStation 5 system update beta trial is available to selected users in Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US. You can apply to join the beta here and read the complete list of updates here.

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