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In an announcement from PlayStation, PlayStation 5 users can now sign up to be testers for a system software beta set to roll out later this year.
System updates are common in the era of live updates. These measures can make sure the system is working well, fix any unexpected bugs, and add new features. They can also be a source of headache as a poorly optimized and tests updates can lead to problems.
Interested applicants can apply here. Participants must be at least 18 years old, be located in certain regions (US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, or Germany), have a valid PSN account, and submit feedback to Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Applicants will be alerted by emails on how to download the beta of the next system software. It appears that Sony is expecting this beta testing process to happen for other big updates as any participant “will also be added to the potential participant pool for future PS5 system software betas automatically without having to register again.”
To note, there does not seem to be any pros or cons to being a beta tester besides testing out potential features before an official launch.