Sony has released full 1440p resolution support as part of a new PS5 update, along with a bundle of additional software features.
While support for the resolution was first added via a July PS5 beta firmware update, Sony announced (opens in new tab) which will now be available to all console owners globally. If you are playing a game that supports 1440p, it will automatically play at that resolution to match your monitor. Games running at higher native resolutions such as 4K will use enhanced anti-aliasing to switch to 1440p.
Prior to this update, the console was only capable of outputting 1080p and 4K resolutions. If you tried to run your PS5 on a 1440p display, its output would automatically downgrade to 1080p, wasting the extra pixels. With this update, you can finally enjoy the high resolution your monitor supports without having to upgrade to the best 4K TV.
This is no small improvement, and we’ve been waiting for some time. Outside of 4K and 1080p monitors, 1440p is one of the most popular resolutions, particularly among PC gamers who may use their desktop monitor as their console’s main display. The PS5’s lack of support was particularly glaring alongside the Xbox Series X | S, which supports the resolution since launch.
The new PS5 update also introduces a folder system. You can now organize your games into specific ‘game lists’, making your library easier to navigate. To set one up, go to the ‘Your Collection’ tab and select ‘Create Game List’. You can create up to 15 folders with 100 games in each, collecting any disc, digital or streaming titles you have on your system.
Some new social features are also available. You can now send a screen sharing request to other group members via the voice chat menu, allowing you to watch their game in real-time. The PlayStation app has also been updated to support the tool.
Plus, it’s easier to join your friends’ games. A new notification will appear whenever you join a group with a member who is already playing, inviting you to join them. Hardly revolutionary, but it takes a few button presses out of the equation.
Sony has also improved the features of the PS5’s YouTube app, allowing you to search for videos using voice commands. You can open the app at any time – even in the middle of the game – by saying ‘Hey PlayStation, find on Youtube’. The future is here.