The new PS5 software update brings with it one of the most requested features by users: support for rendering at 1440p. However, to take advantage of it, players will have to sacrifice another feature.
Sony has released a new software update for the PS5 that will surely not satisfy users. Is that the Japanese firm has finally added the expected support to play with a native resolution of 1440p through an HDMI connection, something that has been claimed for a long time. However, those who want to take advantage of this feature will have to sacrifice another just as important: variable refresh rate, or VRR.
If you’re wondering why, the answer is simple: because 1440p rendering on PS5 doesn’t yet include VRR support. Nor is it known how long it will take the company to implement it. Unfortunately, the background is not entirely kind to Sony in this regard, since it took forever to include this technology in the device in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, native support for 1440p on the PS5 is great news. After all, it gives gamers the option to choose a middle ground between rendering at 1080p or 4K. As long as they have a TV or monitor that supports 1440p at 60 and/or 120 Hz, of course.
But it’s impossible to ignore that asterisk at the bottom of the announcement on the Playstation Blog that says: “VRR on PS5 supports 1080p and 4K video output, but not 1440p.” At this point in the game, with all the time that users have had to wait to enjoy the variable refresh rate on the PlayStation 5, it seems nonsense.
Let’s not forget that Sony even turned on VRR support earlier on several of its HDMI 2.1-enabled TVs than it did on its game console.
The latest PS5 update comes with more news
It’s clear that the addition of support for 1440p video output is the highlight of the new PS5 software update. But it is not the only thing. Sony has also announced the inclusion of a feature that allows you to search for content on YouTube using voice commands. Anyway, don’t get too excited. As Voice Command is only available in English and for UK and US registered accounts, the option will be accessible only to players from those countries.
Sony also announced that it will gradually add new features to PS App, its application for iPhone and Android devices. Among them, the possibility of starting Remote Play sessions from the aforementioned app, as well as asking a friend to share their screen with us to see their game session directly from their mobile.
As we said earlier, these are secondary elements compared to the expected addition of 1440p support on the PS5. It’s a shame that players have to sacrifice support for VRR at that resolution, but there’s nothing that can be done about it. At least for now, of course. Those who are not willing to grant the use of the variable refresh rate, will be able to continue playing in FullHD or 4K.
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