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The PS5 is getting a beta program to test new features

Madden NFL 22 upgrades Franchise mode and adds home-field advantage

Madden NFL 22, launching Aug. 20, 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Stadia (with versions on PS4, Xbox One, and PC lacking its newer features), will add new layers of game preparation, coaching staff management, and player development, to its Franchise mode. In both single-player and multiplayer games, players will face tougher home field crowds, with special advantages or disadvantages triggered by the game’s new Momentum Meter.

Sony is opening up a beta test program for PlayStation 5 system software, the company announced Thursday. Starting June 17, PS5 owners can sign up to become an official beta tester for the console’s next “major system update,” set to launch later this year.

Fans interested in testing the new PS5 firmware while it’s in development can sign up on Sony’s website. Any player who is over 18 and resides in the U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Germany, or France is eligible. Sony will automatically re-enroll selected players for future system software betas as well.

Cyberpunk 2077’s latest patch fixes more bugs ahead of PS4 re-release

CD Projekt Red’s new update for Cyberpunk 2077 (Patch 1.23) is full of bug and crash fixes, arriving just days before the game returns to the PlayStation Store for PS4.

Sony expects selected participants to actually provide the company with feedback in either English or Japanese. The sign-up page also warns players that, of course, this firmware will be in beta form, meaning that players may run into errors or incomplete features ahead of the commercial launch.

Microsoft has offered Xbox fans a similar experience for years. The Xbox Insider Program similarly allows fans to test unfinished updates in exchange for feedback. Sony has offered beta tests for the PlayStation 4 system software going back at least to 2015.

Sony did not reveal when the first wave of invites will go out or what features the company plans to test for its upcoming software update. Sony launched the first major update for the PS5 earlier this year, which allowed players to use a USB external drive to store PS5 games and improved 120 Hz support.

Pokémon Unite MOBA coming this summer

Pokémon Unite is coming out in summer 2021, The Pokémon Company announced Thursday. The MOBA-style game will come to Nintendo Switch in July and mobile platforms starting in September. A new trailer is out now, too.