Sony has started testing a software update that adds some key features that users have been asking for for nearly two years. While there’s a lot happening in this update – it’s one of the most important since the PS5 was first released – two features stand out.
The first is that the PS5 now supports 1440p output over HDMI. Previously, it supported 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 4K as these are the most common TV resolutions. But many players wanted to play the PS5 on their 1440p desktop computer monitors – something that both the Xbox and (obviously) gaming PCs have supported for a long time. Unfortunately, it seems that a PS5 output at 1440p doesn’t support VRR like one at 1080p and 4K, which could defeat the purpose for a certain subset of users.
There are quite a few games on the console that are excellent for 1440p, especially since 1440p was the actual resolution for many PS4 Pro games, and it’s a common resolution for the 60fps or 120fps performance modes of some PS5 games. Games that natively support 1440p will run just that.
But as for games that normally manage to hit 4K, Sony says that “you can take advantage of improved anti-aliasing by supersampling up to 1440p output.”
The other flagship feature is essentially game folders. This is something the PS4 system software offered, but this is the first time the PS5 has done the same. Sony calls them “game lists” and you can create them from the “Your Collection” menu. You can have up to 15 lists, each containing up to 100 games. And it doesn’t matter if the game you want to add is a disc, download or streaming title, they all work.
It’s hard to tell for sure based on Sony’s blog post alone, but it seems that these folders only appear in the Your Collection section, not the Installed View or Home screen. If you mainly manage and launch your games from those views, you may be out of luck. We’ll have to wait to see for sure.
Other new features in the system software update include: a dialog for comparing stereo and 3D audio with headphones; an easy way to jump into games that support the PS5’s activity interface; the ability to request to share your screen with someone in your party; a new notification that allows you to instantly join games your party members launch; an option to instantly view new friends’ profiles; and a way to send stickers or voice messages to people in a group from the game basemap.
The new features are now available to beta testers, but unfortunately only to beta testers. Sony says it plans to roll them out to all users later this year.