PlayStation 5 (1)
PlayStation 5 (1)

Sony’s PS5 System Software Beta Program is your chance to get your hands on new PlayStation 5 features before anyone else?

By signing up the program, which you can do here, you’ll get to test new PlayStation 5 system software in advance of the general PS5 owning public. Your feedback could even help shape the development of the PlayStation 5’s software. Doesn’t that sound great?

On paper, yes it does, even though you’re not getting paid for being a beta tester, it’s pretty common for people to sign up for beta programs. People tend to consider getting an early peek at the product in question payment for putting it through its paces. Except, when it comes to beta testing the PlayStation 5, or any console, it’s not so simple.

If, say, you’re beta testing a game, the worst that can usually happen is the game doesn’t work, or that it crashes. It’s extremely, extremely rare for a game to put the console or computer it’s running on out of action, even temporarily. If, on the other hand, a console’s system software isn’t working properly it can make your console inaccessible which, in the worse case scenario, will mean sending it back to Sony.

So we’re not saying “don’t do it”, but we do advise caution if you’re thinking of signing up for the PlayStation 5 System Software Beta Program.