The new PS5 update is perfect if you don’t already have a 4K TV
Sony has introduced full support for 1440p resolution as part of the new PS5 update, along with a suite of additional software features.
While resolution support was first added in the July PS5 beta firmware update, Sony announced (opens in a new tab) that it will now be available to all console owners worldwide. If you are playing a game that supports 1440p, it will automatically display at that resolution that matches your monitor. Games running at higher native resolutions like 4K will benefit from improved anti-aliasing to lower it to 1440p.
Prior to this update, the console could only display 1080p and 4K resolutions. If you try to run the PS5 through a 1440p display, its output will automatically be lowered to 1080p, wasting extra pixels. With this update, you can finally enjoy the high definition supported by your display without having to upgrade to the best 4K TV.
This is a major improvement that we’ve been waiting for for some time. Besides 4K and 1080p monitors, 1440p is one of the more popular resolutions, especially among PC gamers who can use a desk monitor as their main console display. The lack of PS5 support was especially blatant compared to the Xbox Series X | S, which has supported this resolution since launch.
The new PS5 update also introduces a folder system. You can now organize your games into specific “game lists”, making it easier to navigate your library. To configure them, go to the “Your Collection” tab and select “Create Playlist”. You can create up to 15 folders with 100 games each by collecting whatever discs, digital or streaming titles you have on your system.
There are also some new social features available. Now you can send a screen share request to other teammates using the voice chat menu, so you can watch them play in real time. The PlayStation app has also been updated to support this tool.
In addition, it’s easier to join your friends’ games. Each time you join a team with a member who is already playing the game, a new notification will appear inviting you to join them. Not revolutionary, but a few button presses are all it takes.
Sony has also improved the capabilities of the YouTube app for PS5, allowing you to search for videos using voice commands. You can open the app at any time – even while playing – by saying “Hey PlayStation find” on Youtube”. The future is here.