Sony is rolling out a new beta software for the PS5 today and it finally adds 1440p support. The PS5 didn’t launch with support for 1440p monitors and displays but Sony promised at launch, it would be added later down the line. “Later” for Sony means almost 20 months later but we aren’t complaining.
The company has confirmed that 1440p support, Gamelists and additional friend features will arrive in the beta test. However, unlike the PS4 which hosted beta tests in South Africa, Sony doesn’t open up testing to residents here so you’ll have to wait until the features release officially in the weeks ahead (bummer).
In a blog post, Sony shared the key features arriving in the beta firmware on PS5. Of course, the biggest change is the added 1440p support. The company says the feature enables gamers to choose an additional visual setting on compatible PC monitors and TVs. The feature also automatically super-samples game visuals down to 1440p from 4K on supported titles.
1440p PS5 Support
- The PS5 beta introduces support for 1440p HDMI video output, enabling players to choose an additional visual setting on compatible PC monitors and TVs.**
- If the game you’re playing supports 1440p rendering you can experience native 1440p output on your display.
- Or, if you’re playing a game with a higher native resolution like 4K, then you may benefit from improved anti-aliasing through supersampling down to 1440p output.
- You can check if your HDMI device is compatible by selecting “Test 1440p Output” under the “Screen and Video” options within system settings.
Gamelists are The New Folders
While Sony isn’t technically calling the new feature “Folders”, Gamelists are basically the same thing. Players can now create gamelists and put specific titles together in a group format. You can have up to 15 game lists on your PS5 and they can be stacked full of 100 games each.
- In your Game Library you can now create gamelists, which make organizing your games even easier.
- To start, go to the [Your Collection] tab and select [Create Gamelist]. Choose games to add to your gamelist, then decide what to name it.
- You can have up to 15 gamelists and 100 games per gamelist. All games under the “Your Collection” tab of your Game Library can be added to a gamelist, including disc, digital and streaming titles.*** You can also add the same game to multiple gamelists.
The PS5 firmware beta also comes with some other enhancements. There’s a new 3D audio test where users can sample the difference between 3D and stereo sound on their PS5. This way you can choose which sound profile you prefer. Sony has also added a few tweaks to the Activities cards, new social features such as Request Share Screen and more.
- Compare 3D Audio and Stereo Audio
- You can now listen to and compare the difference between 3D and stereo audio on the same screen, and then choose your preferred setting.
- Easier Access to In-progress Activities
- When resuming a game, in-progress activities are often shown prominently at the top of the game hub to make it as easy and as fast as possible to get back to where you left off.
- Request Share Screen
- You can now request party members to start Share Screen to watch their gameplay. Go to the voice chat card, select the party member you want to send the request to, and then select [Request Share Screen].
- Joinable Game Notification
- When you join a party and a party member is playing a game you can join, you’ll now receive a notification. You can join the game directly from the notification.
- View New Friends’ Profiles
- When you accept a friend request in the [Received] list, you can now view your new friend’s profile in [Accepted Requests]
- Send Stickers and Voice Messages in Game Base
- In the Game Base card, you can now send stickers and voice messages to your groups.
The beta will kick off this week. If you do get invites (living in a participating country), you’ll get an invite and instructions on how to download the test. The firmware should release to the public in the weeks ahead.
Source: PS Blog.