PS5 got its first system update but no one’s exactly sure what it does

‘Improves system performance’

The PlayStation 5 hasn’t been completely smooth sailing in the days since it launched. There are plenty of reports of crashes, flickering, and corrupted database problems stemming from external HDDs. It’s not a deal-breaker by any means, but people have had problems.

Maybe the first PS5 system update will help change some of that. Sony pushed a firmware update this morning. It’s over 800MB in size and Sony’s description is one we’ve heard before: “This system software update improves system performance.”

That has everyone wondering what exactly the update does. It’s surely geared toward stability, but which specific issues are addressed? It’s impossible to know. Players want detailed patch notes because it’ll dictate whether they think it’s safe to put the console in rest mode or whether they can use external USB storage. But that’s not really Sony’s style when it comes to stuff like this.

So, PS5 owners are left to guess and, if they’re feeling risky, test for themselves where the update may have fixed things. It’ll all just end up as experimentation and semi-informed conjecture though. The official word will simply remain that the update improves system performance.

PlayStation 5 system software update [PlayStation]

Brett Makedonski
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