Sony has announced that the previous beta version of the PS5 system software will roll out today. The update was detailed earlier this month before it went into beta testing and included Open and Closed chat party support, voice commands and UI changes to certain elements on the console.
Keep in mind that this update is available for both PS4 and PS5. However, certain features are limited to PS5. Sony also shared the first details on the PS5 VRR support – a feature that was originally meant to release in January 2021.
Sadly, VRR is still “months away” according to Sony. The company says they are still testing methods to implement the feature across compatible HDMI 2.1 TVs and displays. They further added that previously-released PS5 games will need to be patched in order to support PS5 VRR. In addition, future games will include support at launch.
VRR dynamically syncs the refresh rate of the display to the PS5 console’s graphical output. This enhances visual performance for PS5 games by minimizing or eliminating visual artifacts, such as frame pacing issues and screen tearing. Gameplay in many PS5 titles feels smoother as scenes render instantly, graphics look crisper, and input lag is reduced. Previously released PS5 games can be fully optimized for VRR through a game patch and future games may include VRR support at launch.
As an added option, you can also choose to apply VRR to PS5 games that don’t support it. This feature may improve video quality for some games. If this results in any unexpected visual effects, you can turn off this option at any time. Both VRR and this secondary option can be turned on or off.
Please note that results may vary depending on the TV you’re using and game you’re playing. As we get closer to the feature’s release, we’ll share more details, including some of the games that will enable VRR support through a game patch.
PS5 System Software
As for the full changelog in today’s update, users can expect new features like the ability to create or join Open and Closed Parties on PS5 and PS4 consoles. On PS5, we’re also bringing UI enhancements to Game Base and Trophy cards, as well as accessibility features like mono audio for headphones.
Starting later today, Sony will gradually roll out the ability for PS App users to create or join Open and Closed Parties through the app as well. They have also updated the PS App Game Base UI to make it easier to access the Friends, Parties and messaging features, delivering a consistent player experience with PS5.
You can read the full changelog for the PS5 system software here.