Sony commences testing 1440p support for PS5

Sony is testing 1440p resolution support for its PlayStation 5 console, a highly-requested addition. Testers will get access to a new PS5 system software beta today that includes 1440p support, curated game lists for their library, and new social features.

The new 1440p video output option will allow PS5 owners to choose this resolution on compatible TVs and monitors.

If games support 1440p, then native 1440p output will be supported, but otherwise, 4K games will benefit from improved anti-aliasing by supersampling down to the 1440p output.

PS5 owners with the beta software can check if their HDMI-connected display supports 1440p in the screen and video section of the PS5 dashboard. However, Sony warns that Variable Refresh Rate won’t be supported at 1440p and will only work at 1080p and 4K on the PS5.

This latest PS5 software update also includes game lists designed to make organizing your games more accessible. You can create game lists from the main game library, and each list will support up to 100 games. There’s a limit of 15 game lists, and disc, digital, and streaming games can all be added to the lists. They’re essentially folders that you can add multiple games into.

Sony is also adding new social features, including a request option to ask friends to start sharing their screens and notifications when you join a party to let you know when you can join a friend’s ongoing game. You’ll also be able to send stickers and voice messages to parties and quickly compare the difference between 3D audio and regular stereo before choosing your preferred setting.

Sony is testing this new PS5 software with beta testers today, and it will likely roll out to all PS5 owners in the coming months.

The PlayStation 5 is a video gaming console for home-generated by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Declared in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4, the PS5 was released on November 12, 2020, in New Zealand, North America, Australia, Japan, and South Korea, with a global release following a week later. The PS5 is a portion of the ninth generation of video game consoles, with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S consoles released in the same month.

The base model comprises an optical disc drive compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. The Digital Edition lacks this drive, permitting it to serve as a lower-cost model for those who prefer to buy games through digital download. The two variants were launched simultaneously.

The PlayStation 5’s main hardware features include:

  • A solid-state drive is customized for high-speed data streaming to improve storage performance significantly.
  • An AMD GPU is capable of a 4K resolution display at up to 120 fps.
  • Hardware-accelerated ray outlining for realistic lighting and reflections.
  • The Tempest Engine allows for hardware-accelerated 3D audio outcomes.

Other features contain the DualSense controller with haptic feedback and backward compatibility with most PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR games.