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Sony Wants You To Test The Future Of PS5

The PlayStation 5 had quite the troubled launch — even more so than the Xbox Series X|S. Not only were PS5s all gone almost immediately, but there were some frustrating bugs that had to be fixed and patched out right after the system was released. Unfortunately, as much as fans adore this new console, Sony is still fixing major issues with the system's capabilities, and the news hasn't gotten any better about the PS5 supply chain. 

Wouldn't it be great if you had a way to help improve this next-gen console? Don't you wish your voice could be heard as problems arise or go unaddressed? If so, such an opportunity is opening up for PlayStation fans.

Over on its blog, Sony announced that it is currently on the lookout for new recruits "for the first PS5 system software beta program." Basically, the company wants PlayStation 5 owners to try out some new features that will be bundled with an upcoming system update before it goes live. The post includes a link where anyone "over the age of 18 in the U.S., Canada, Japan, U.K., Germany and France" is welcome to sign up. Of course, this party is BYOP (bring your own PS5) and you must have a PSN account. Oh yeah, and internet is also required.

Help shape the future of the PlayStation 5

Qualifying participants will be instructed through email on the process of receiving this "beta version of the next system software." Not only will you gain early access to the working update, but you will have the chance to directly impact its development by providing your feedback. Additionally, Sony will retain your application "for future PS5 system software betas."

Are you skeptical of how prototype software could affect your system? Not to worry. If you're not wild about the beta, you are free to reset your console back to the most recent software update at any point during the testing phase.

This is an exciting opportunity for gamers in the PS5 community. The PS5's first major update came with a lot of nice quality-of-life improvements, including enhanced storage versatility and an upgraded Game Base, but there's still much work to be done. Knowing exactly what features Sony needs to add to the PS5, hardcore fans can address those issues head-on and perhaps see the improvements they've wanted since day one.

Whether or not you make it into this round of testing, it looks like there will be plenty of opportunities in the future. Regardless, fans may be encouraged to see that Sony genuinely wants to know what the players have to say.