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(Photo : Olly Curtis/Future Publishing via Getty Images) A Sony PlayStation 5 home video game console, taken on October 29, 2020.

Sony PlayStation 5 just received a fresh update, but nobody knows what it does aside from vague claims from Sony themselves. 

The PS5's recent update, according to SlashGear, updates the system version to 21.01-03.21.00 and is relatively light, at just under 1GB. So if you're not really doing much on your console recently, you might as well download the update. But what the actual update contains, however, looks to be a mystery. 

There's not much that Sony PlayStation reveals about the new patch, other than it "improves system performance," as said on the official website. Compared to the previous update, 21.01-3.21.00 doesn't seem to change much about the console itself. Specifically, the 21.01-03.20.00 update managed to fix a lot more: 

  • Improved system performance
  • Improved stability for the DualSense controller
  • Fixed the issue where the functionality of some screens was restricted whenever the screen reader is enabled
  • Fixed the issue where hidden games on PS4 will show up on PS5
  • Copying games from a USB storage to the console is more stable

From a technical standpoint, this news isn't exactly that exciting. Most Sony PlayStation 5 owners will have their consoles automatically install updates, provided that they didn't change the settings. For those who have automatic updates disabled for some reason, you can install the update by accessing the console's settings menu, reports ComicBook.com

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Sony PlayStation 5 Consoles 'Slowing Down?' Not Really

But the thing is, it's still unclear what Sony referred to when it said that update 21.01-03.21.00 "improves system performance." What does it "improve?" Is the console getting a bit sluggish for some reason? 

Simply put, no. If you own a PS5, it hasn't slowed down a bit since you got it. Perhaps this update is just one of many that only aims to maintain the console's overall performance and not much else. Of course, Sony PlayStation 5 updates could use a lot more... flair. 

For instance, many people have been waiting for the addition of PS5 features that improve the system's storage capabilities. While the console's SSD (solid-state drive) is one of the fastest in the business, it only has 825 GB. Furthermore, users can actually only use 664 GB because the console requires the rest of the space to install its operating system. 

Sony PlayStation did give users the option to install an extra m.2 SSD into the console. But the problem is that not a lot of drives are actually compatible. The only way to fix this is with a system update that specifically focuses on this issue. This isn't impossible, given that Sony has announced plans to upgrade the PlayStation 5's storage down the line. 

Other News on the PS5 Front: RESTOCKS!

There are multiple Sony PlayStation 5 restocks live right now, and this article by GameRant and GamesRadar has you covered if you want to look at them. The restock trackers cover almost every major retailer such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. That's because despite being out for eight months now, stocks of the console are still pretty limited. And if you do manage to find some, they're going to be a little overpriced. 

Despite that, however, the PS5 still continues to sell like hotcakes. 

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