Beatmania IIDX 5th Style introduced auto-scratch, as well as two more Hi-Speed settings. Beatmania IIDX 5th Style also introduced the ability to select alternate versions of certain songs by holding down the VEFX button during song selection. The alternate songs remain pretty much the same, however the notes become harder.
Different software versions of the game are referred to as 'styles', with the different IIDX styles varying mainly in their songlists and graphical interfaces.
The controls across all of the different styles remain the same, with the Beatmania IIDX cabinet controls consisting of two turntables, and two keyboards each with seven keys. This is a main difference between the original Beatmania and the Beatmania II series, with the Beatmania keyboard only consisting of 5 buttons per player. Other notable features of the Beatmania IIDX cabinet are the widescreen 16:9 display; and the powerful speakers and bass platform that vibrates beneath the player's feet.
The gameplay involves the player selecting a song, with the player then having to match the notes by pressing the keys and scratching the turntable in time with the music. Beatmania IIDX 5th style also allows options such as speed modifiers to be added by the player after selecting a song.