Sony has begun testing a software update that adds some key features users have been asking for for nearly two years. While there’s a lot going on in this update – it’s one of the most significant since the PS5 first shipped – 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 those are the most common TV resolutions. But many gamers wanted to play PS5 on their 1440p desktop monitors – something both Xbox and (obviously) gaming PCs have supported for a long time. Unfortunately, a PS5 outputting at 1440p doesn’t seem to support VRR like one at 1080p and 4K does, which might defeat the purpose for a certain subset of users.
There are quite a few games on the console that are perfectly suited to 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 support native 1440p will output just that.
But for games that normally manage to hit 4K, Sony says that “you can benefit from improved anti-aliasing through supersampling down to 1440p output.”
The other flagship feature is game folders, really. This is something the PS4 system software offered, but this is the first time the PS5 has done the same. Sony calls them “playlists” and you can create them from the “Your Collection” menu. You can have up to 15 lists, each with up to 100 games. And it doesn’t matter if the game you want to include is a disc, download or streaming title: All will work.
It’s hard to know for sure from just Sony’s blog post, but it appears that these folders only appear in the Your Collection section – not the installed view or the home screen. If you primarily manage and launch your games from these 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 to compare stereo and 3D audio with headphones; an easy way to jump into your current activity in games that support PS5’s activity interface; the ability to request to share your screen with someone in the group; a new notification that lets you directly join games your group members start; an option to see new friends’ profiles instantly; and a way to send stickers or voice messages to people in a group from the game base card.
The new features are now available to beta testers – but unfortunately only beta testers. Sony says it plans to roll them out to all users later this year.