Sony is rolling out a new PS5 Firmware beta that will introduce a number of new features to the system, two of which have been highly requested. The firmware update will add support for 1440p resolution on supported TVs, while also allowing gamers to organise their games into Gamelists.
The update also allows gamers to compare 3D Audio and Stereo Audio, see in-progress activities easily, and adds new social features like requesting Share Screen and notifications of joinable games from party members. The version number of the latest beta is 2.0-06.00.00.
If you’re selected to participate in the beta, you’ll receive an email invitation when it’s available to download today. As for the rest, the new features will be available to the public later this year – although an exact release date has not been revealed.
New Gameplay and Personalization Options
- 1440p HDMI Video Output
- 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 “Screen and Video” options within system settings.
- 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.
- 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.
New Social Features
- 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.
According to the changelog on the PS5 itself, there are other changes in this beta update not mentioned on the PlayStation Blog:
- Game Help now informs you when there’s help available, on both PS4 and mobile via PlayStation App.
- While using the web browser, you can now select between two types of zoom functions.
- “Zoom” lets you increase the size of the elements on the page while adjusting their layout so everything fits without having to scroll left and right.
- “Magnify” increases the size of everything on the page without layout adjustments.
- The maximum zoom / magnification is now 500%.
- Voice Command now supports searching for content in YouTube using voice.
- From anywhere on the PS5, including during gameplay, you can say “Hey PlayStation search for [keyword] to YouTube.