PS5 beta update adds folder-style game menus, 1440p support, and more social features

A new PlayStation 5 system software beta test is coming soon adding some much-needed features and functionality to the system, including 1440p support and game menus, which seem to satisfy the PS5’s need for folders.

For now, these new features are limited to beta testers, but Sony plans to release the update to its global user base “later this year,” the company said in a blog post. Those selected for the beta version will receive an email inviting them to join the test, which begins today, July 28.

Hello 1440p

It’s also clear that Sony says that some features in beta may not be included in the public launch or “may see major changes”.

With those caveats out of the way, the PS5 beta update adds 1440p HDMI video output on compatible TVs and monitors and if the game you’re playing supports it. Users can check if their HDMI device can reach 1440p by choosing “Test 1440p Output” in the “Screen and Video” option under System Settings. For those who play a game with a higher native resolution, such as 4K, Sony said they “may benefit from improved anti-aliasing through ultra downsampling to output up to 1440p.”

As for game lists, players can now create them in their game library to help make it easier to organize games. To get started, go to [Your Collection] tab and select [Create Gamelist]. Choose games to add to your list of games, then select their name.

Game lists can support up to 100 games, and users can have up to 15 lists. Players can select any game to add to a list, whether it’s on disc, digital, or streaming. Games can be added to multiple lists to help you organize your collection. It is not clear if these menus can be pinned to the main screen.

Game listings!
Game listings!

Other new features in the PS5 beta update include the ability to listen to and compare 3D and stereo audio and then decide what audio they want. In addition, any players’ “in progress” activities in the game will be displayed “prominently” in the game center so players can quickly see where they left off.

As for the new social features, players can now ask members in their group to share their screen to see how they play. Go to the voice chat card, select the group member you want to send the request to, then select [Request Share Screen]Sony explained.

In addition, players will not receive a notification when you join a group and someone in the group plays a title they can join; Users can join directly from the notification. Players can now also send stickers and voice messages in the game’s base card, and can view a new friend’s profile under the Accepted Requests page.

You can check out the full blog post to learn more.

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