The first big firmware update for the PlayStation 5 is now out, and it’s introduced a few more fixes than its extensive patch notes initially suggested. One fix seems to involve the annoying noise the PS5’s disc drive would often make, with numerous users reporting it to be much quieter after installing the April system update.
The PS5 would routinely spin up its disc drive if a disc was inserted, regardless of whether the disc in question was currently in use. Although there’s no official word on why or how frequently the PS5 would do this, some users have reported hearing the very loud spinning noise every 30 minutes or so. The latest PS5 update doesn’t seem to get rid of this entirely, but at the very least the noise seems to be greatly reduced.
“It sort of starts to spin up, but then stops itself abruptly, and then continues to spin for the same amount of time as before, but at a much, much lower spin speed, so it’s nowhere near as noticeable,” one Reddit user wrote on the PS5 subreddit.
Push Square has also reported the same, saying that while the disc still spins, the overall operation is drastically quieter than before. It’s still unclear why the PS5 needs to do this at all, especially in cases where the disc in the drive isn’t being used. But at least your immersion won’t be consistently disrupted anymore.
Other fixes in the PS5 update include the addition of external storage options for PS5 games, expanded HDR options for games that don’t support it, and more.