Sony is finally testing 1440p resolution support for the PlayStation 5 console. PS5 beta testers will get access to the feature in a new beta software update released today. Along with 1440p support, the update includes game listings and new social features.

Sony detailed the PS5 beta update in a blog post (via The edge) and all the new features, as well as several photos of their appearance. Starting with the addition of 1440p, Sony notes that the video output option will allow gamers to select the resolution when the console is connected to a compatible TV or monitor. Games that support 1440p will run natively at the resolution, while games running at 4K resolution will upsample up to 1440p output, providing improved anti-aliasing.

To switch to 1440p (or check if your screen of choice supports it), PS5 owners can head to the “Screen & Video” section of the PS5 dashboard, select “Resolution”, then choose 1440p from the list.

Unfortunately, the PS5’s 1440p mode does not support variable refresh rate (VRR) as it does with 1080p and 4K resolutions. VRR allows displays to match their refresh rate to the frame rate of the output. (For example, if your PS5 game is running at 60fps, your display – if it supports dynamic refresh rates – can use VRR to run at 60Hz.)

VRR is a pretty handy feature, as it can smooth out visual artifacts by allowing your screen to dynamically adjust its refresh to match what’s happening on the console, even when the frame rate isn’t constant. Not having it at 1440p is a big let down, especially since most 1440p displays are probably computer monitors that support VRR – TVs tend to offer 1080p or 4K resolution options at instead and often do not support VRR.

Other New Beta Features

Along with 1440p headliner support, the PS5 beta introduces other new features. First, there are game lists, which allow PS5 owners to create up to 15 lists of up to 100 games. These lists can include disc, digital, and streaming games and effectively act as folders for your PS5 games catalog.

I could see this as a handy feature for adding, say, games you play often so they’re quickly accessible. Alternatively, you can create a list of games you plan to play in the future.

Next are the new social features. These include the ability to send requests to friends to share their screens and new notifications when you join a party to let you know when you can join a friend’s game in progress. The update also lets PS5 users send stickers and voice messages at parties, and there’s a new option to compare 3D audio and regular stereo audio before choosing your preference.

Sony will likely roll out the update to all PS5 owners in the coming months after testing is complete. You can read more about the PS5 beta here.

Image credit: Sony

Source: Sony Via: The Verge

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