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Latest PlayStation 5 beta adds 1440p support and multiple UI improvements

Sony has announced a new update for the PlayStation 5 (image via Sony)
Sony has announced a new update for the PlayStation 5 (image via Sony)
Sony has announced a new beta update for the PlayStation 5. It lets the console run natively at 1440p, lets players create lists of up to 100 games, and adds the ability to add stickers/voice notes via instant message.

After adding support for external SSDs and VRR (variable refresh rate), the PlayStation 5 hasn't received much in the way of a major software update. That could change soon, as the PlayStation 5 beta promises to bring forth a few important QoL upgrades. The update is only available to users enrolled in the beta program and will be widely available later in the year.

PlayStation 5 owners will soon be able to run the console at 1440p natively, an option that was conspicuously missing at launch. Alternatively, users with a 1440p monitor/TV can run the game at 4K and get crisper visuals by supersampling the video output. The new rendering option combined with VRR functionality could open up some interesting resolution/framerate combinations. However, VRR will not with at 1440p for the time being and is limited to the 1080p and 4K resolutions.

The latest PlayStation 5 beta also finally adds a long-awaited feature that has existed on platforms like Steam for a while, the ability to create lists. One can create up to fifteen lists with a hundred games each from. While the paltry 667 GB of hard drive space isn't nearly enough to hold too many modern-day games, the UI can quickly get cluttered once an external USB drives/expansion SSDs are thrown in the mix along with the litany of free games offered by PlayStation Plus Extra/Deluxe. 

Lastly, the newest PlayStation 5 beta also lets users compare 3D audio with regular stereo. One will need to connect a compatible piece of hardware to do so. Some multiplayer elements have gotten better, too, such as the ability to request screen sharing from party members directly and join a multiplayer game from the Friends menu. The in-game instant messaging client now also lets players send stickers and voice notes.

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Anil Ganti, 2022-07-28 (Update: 2022-07-28)