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PC OEM MSI addresses the PlayStation 5's 1440p woes with "console mode" scaling on supported monitors

Some MSI monitors like the Optix MAG274QRF-QD will accept and downsample a 4K PlayStation 5 signal (Image sourceL MSI)
Some MSI monitors like the Optix MAG274QRF-QD will accept and downsample a 4K PlayStation 5 signal (Image sourceL MSI)
The lack of a native 1440p mode on the PlayStation 5 has created issues for owners of 1440p displays. MSI announced an innovative "fix" on some of its monitors, allowing certain 1440p monitors to accept the PlayStation 5's 4K signal and downsample.

MSI recently announced that it'll be rolling out a new "console mode" on a select number of monitors. This would enable these monitors to accept a 4K PlayStation 5 signal and downsample to their native resolution. The fix comes amid disappointment about the PlayStation 5 not having support for 1440p monitors. Sony's console outputs either 1080p or 4K. On regular 1440p displays, this means that the PlayStation 5 outputs a 1080p signal that's then upscaled, hurting image quality.

MSI's solution actually improves image quality on 1440p panels hooked up to PlayStation 5 consoles by applying a degree of supersampling. This is far from an ideal solution, though. "Console mode" only works on a handful of MSI monitors. Many of the listed console mode monitors feature a 21:9 aspect ratio and will likely output a pillarboxed image. 

The only real, long-term solution here is for Sony to bring out a 1440p firmware update. The Xbox Series X already supports 1440p panels, so this would be a move towards cross-platform parity.

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-11-14 (Update: 2020-11-14)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.