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The Sony PlayStation 5 receives 120 Hz, HDMI and HDR refinements with its latest update

The PlayStation 5's latest update is also its largest to date. (Image source: Sony)
The PlayStation 5's latest update is also its largest to date. (Image source: Sony)
Sony has released a new update for the PlayStation 5, its ninth-generation games console. The latest update is a big one and contains numerous fixes and improvements. Some of these include the ability to game at 1080p and 120 Hz, extended HDMI-CEC support and the option of disabling HDR, among others.
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On Tuesday, Sony announced the PS5 April Update, which it claimed brought 'new storage options and social features' to its latest games console. However, its update notes reveal that version: 21.01-03.00.00 introduces a lot more changes to the PlayStation 5 than Sony was letting on. The Verge has highlighted a view, for which it has provided screenshots, but the changelog stretches to almost fifty lines.

One highlight is something that Sony has called 'One-Touch Play', which sits under HDMI Device Link. In truth, this is an HDMI-CEC command that expands upon the Power Off Link option, although Sony has appended a hyphen between One and Touch, for some reason. Nonetheless, it is good to see Sony integrating more HDMI-CEC commands within the PlayStation 5.

Additionally, the PlayStation 5 can finally output at 1080p and 120 Hz. Inexplicably, Sony did not enable this by default. However, the PlayStation 5 cannot utilise HDMI Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) at 1080p, which is a shame. Version: 21.01-03.00.00 also introduces the ability to switch to SDR for games that do not support HDR. It remains to be seen if Sony has rectified the SDR colour issue we reported previously, mind you.

Moving games to USB storage is another highlight, as is the option of disabling game chat audio. You can read the full changelog here.

(Image source: The Verge)
(Image source: The Verge)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-04-15 (Update: 2021-04-15)