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4 long-awaited PS4 and PS5 features finally coming to users worldwide

"Play without limits"...permitted you have an HDMI 2.1 compatible display. (Image source: Sony)
"Play without limits"...permitted you have an HDMI 2.1 compatible display. (Image source: Sony)
Sony recently issued a press release assuring PlayStation 5 users that a number of highly requested features, including HDMI 2.1 support and dynamic Variable Refresh Rate enhancements, would begin rolling out to users in the coming months. Take a look at what’s new on this list.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
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1. Silky smooth state of play

According to Sony, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) will be making its way to PS5 users in the form of HDMI 2.1 support for compatible TVs and PC monitors. Similar to features like ProMotion on the iPad Pro, VRR on PS5 will dynamically sync graphical output with the refresh rate of displays to enable a buttery smooth experience that feels more responsive.

While adaptive refresh rate functionality will serve to reduce input lag, the feature can also minimize or eliminate visual artifacts, such as screen tearing and frame pacing.

I guess you could say this one is truly "game changing" right? Anyone? (Image source: Sony)
I guess you could say this one is truly "game changing" right? Anyone? (Image source: Sony)

2. PS parties now open…and closed!

Users can now create or join open and closed parties via the PS App or on the console itself. Sony even took the extra step of revamping the PS App Game Base UI to allow easier access to Parties, Friends, and other messaging features. The PS Remote Play app additionally adopts an optional dark mode that will change based on a user’s smartphone settings.

Throw a party and invite everyone! Take that back. Maybe just a few people. (Image source: Sony)
Throw a party and invite everyone! Take that back. Maybe just a few people. (Image source: Sony)

3. Innovative accessibility

PS5 users with accounts registered to the US or UK will have access to a Voice Command beta that lets them open games, apps, and configure settings, as well as media control playback with their voice. Mono audio support also makes its way to PlayStation for connected headphones. 

4. Miscellaneous UI changes

On PlayStation 5, Sony is bringing notable UI enhancements to Game Base and Trophy cards. Users can now more easily discover features such as game presets and Picture-In-Picture (PiP) video pinning via a new “Pro Tips” card in Control Center.

Card interfaces are always controversial. Will this UI be a massive win or epic annoyance? (Image source: Sony)
Card interfaces are always controversial. Will this UI be a massive win or epic annoyance? (Image source: Sony)
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Brahm Shank, 2022-03-29 (Update: 2022-03-29)