New PS5 software update includes 1440p display

PS5 1440p

The new PS5 update adds support for rendering at 1440p, which is one of the features that users have asked for the most. But in order to use it, players will have to give up another feature.

Sony has put out a new software update for the PS5 that users will definitely not like. Is that the Japanese company has finally added the long-awaited ability to play games with a native resolution of 1440p through an HDMI connection. But if you want to use this feature, you’ll have to give up something else that’s just as important: the variable refresh rate, or VRR.

If you want to know why, it’s easy: because 1440p rendering on PS5 doesn’t yet support VRR. It’s also not clear how long it will take the company to put it into place. Since it took Sony a long time to put this technology in the device in the first place, this is not a good background for them.

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Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that the PS5 can handle 1440p natively. After all, it gives gamers the choice between rendering at 1080p or 4K. As long as they have a TV or monitor that can handle 1440p at 60 and/or 120 Hz, of course.

But it’s hard to ignore the asterisk at the end of the announcement on the Playstation Blog that says, “VRR on PS5 supports 1080p and 4K video output, but not 1440p.” After all the time users have had to wait to enjoy variable refresh rate on the PlayStation 5, it seems silly.

Let’s not forget that Sony turned on VRR support on some of its HDMI 2.1-enabled TVs before it did on its game console.

New update has more to offer

It’s clear that the best thing about the new PS5 software update is that it now supports 1440p video output. But that’s not everything. Sony has also said that there will be a feature that lets you use voice commands to look for content on YouTube. Don’t get too excited, though. Voice Command is only available in English and for UK and US accounts, so only players from those countries will be able to use it.

Sony also said that its app for iPhone and Android devices, PS App, will get new features over time. One of them is the ability to start Remote Play sessions from the app we just talked about, as well as the ability to ask a friend to share their screen so we can watch their game session on their phone.

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As we’ve already said, these aren’t as important as the PS5’s expected support for 1440p. At that resolution, players have to give up support for VRR, which is a shame, but nothing can be done about it. At least for the time being. Those who don’t want to use the variable refresh rate will still be able to keep playing in FullHD or 4K.

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