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PS5 System Update Beta Adds Discord Voice Chat, VRR Support for 1440p, and More

PS5 System Update Beta Adds Discord Voice Chat, VRR Support for 1440p, and More - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 February 2023 / 1,569 Views

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a PlayStation 5 system update beta has begun rolling out. Invited beta participants in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany, and France will get an email with instructions on how to download the beta.

The update adds Discord voice chat, Variable Refresh Rate support for 1440p resolution, as well as a variety of user experience, accessibility and social feature enhancements.

Read details on the PS5 system update beta below:

New Social Features

  • Join a Discord Voice Chat on Your PlayStation 5 Console – You can now join Discord voice chats on your PlayStation 5 console and easily chat with friends on most other gaming platforms. To start, link your Discord and PlayStation Network accounts from your PlayStation 5 console following these steps*. Then, use the Discord app on your mobile device or computer to get a Discord voice chat going on your PlayStation 5 console (make sure your Discord app is updated to the latest version). You can also let your Discord friends see when you’re online and what you’re playing.
  • Note: if you’ve linked your PlayStation Network and Discord accounts in the past to display what game you’re playing, you’ll need to link your accounts again on your PlayStation 5 console to grant the new permissions needed for Discord voice chat.
  • Start or Request a Share Screen from Your Friend’s Profile – You can now send a Share Screen request or start sharing your screen with a friend, directly from their profile. Simply select the Share Screen icon on your friend’s profile to start a new session.
  • New “Join Game” Icon in Party Chats – On the voice chat card, a joinable icon will be displayed for party members playing a game you can join. You can join the game directly by selecting the player, and then selecting [Join Game] from the menu.
  • New “Friends Who Play” Tile – In game hubs, you can now see which of your friends have the game, who is currently online, and who is currently playing the game. By selecting the tile, you can see what your friends are doing now, and you can also access your friends’ profiles, where you’ll be given more interaction options.
  • Manually Upload Game Captures to PlayStation App – You can now manually select and upload individual screenshots or game clips to PS App from your PlayStation 5 console, then easily share them on social media or with your friends. This feature complements the auto-upload functionality that currently exists on PS App.

New Gameplay and Personalization Options

  • Variable Refresh Rate support for 1440p – You can now enjoy smoother visual performance when using a VRR-compatible HDMI 2.1 display at 1440p resolution, when playing a game that supports VRR.***
  • We’ve also made some updates to the parameters of the PlayStation 5 console’s 1440p output test, enabling 1440p support for a wider range of HDMI displays.
    • To check if your HDMI device is compatible, go to [Settings] > [Screen and Video] > [Video Output] > [Test 1440p Output].
  • Game Library Enhancements
    • You can now also sort and filter games when adding games to a gamelist.
    • You can use filters in your library to easily find PlayStation VR games, as well as PlayStation VR2 titles when PlayStation VR2 launches later this month.
  • Game Presets for Multiplayer Session Preferences – You can set your preferences to manage who can join and who can invite other players to multiplayer sessions you’ve created for supported games.
    • Go to [Settings] > [Saved Data and Game/App Settings] > [Game Presets] > [Online Multiplayer Sessions], and select your preferences in [Who Can Join] and [Who Can Invite].

New Accessibility and Ease-of-use Features

  • PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5 Saved Data Migration – We’re making it easier for you to access your PlayStation 4 saved data on your PlayStation 5 console through two ways:
    • When you download or install a PlayStation 4 game on your PlayStation 5 console, a notification that PlayStation 4 saved data is available in your PlayStation Network cloud storage will appear (if your PlayStation 5 console doesn’t already have saved data for the game). Simply select the notification to download your saved data.
    • When you download or install a PlayStation 5 game that can load PlayStation 4 saved data, such as the PlayStation 5 version of a game that was also released on PlayStation 4, the same notification will appear (if the game supports this feature).
    • (Note: online storage for saved data requires a PlayStation Plus subscription)
PlayStation 5 System Software Beta
  • PlayStation 5 to PlayStation 5 Data Transfer –  You can now easily transfer the data on your PlayStation 5 console, including games, saved data, user profiles, settings, screenshots, and videos, to another PlayStation 5 console using a local Wi-Fi network or a LAN cable. You can either transfer the data during the initial PlayStation 5 console setup or later from the settings menu. This process doesn’t remove or modify the data on your original PlayStation 5 console.
PlayStation 5 System Software Beta
  • Screen Reader Improvements – The screen reader now gives more detailed guidance when navigating the console. It will now tell you which direction you can move from the currently selected component, as well as your current position in a component with multiple items. Additionally, when using the screen reader to view web pages, you’ll now see borders around the section that’s being read aloud.
  • Wireless Device Update for DualSense Wireless Controller – You can now update the DualSense wireless controller device software with a wireless connection. If you have trouble updating the device software wirelessly, connect your controller to your PlayStation 5 console using the USB cable to update it. You’ll be able to update wirelessly for the next update.

Game Capture Using Voice Command (Preview): U.S. and U.K. limited release

  • Voice Command now supports using your voice to save video clips of your gameplay.
    • Say “Hey PlayStation, capture that!” to save a video clip of your recent gameplay. The default duration saved is based on your settings.
    • You can also save a specific duration of your gameplay, from 15 seconds to 60 minutes. For example, to save 5 minutes, say “Hey PlayStation, capture the last 5 minutes.”
    • Say “Hey PlayStation, start recording” to manually start a new gameplay recording. You can then say “Hey PlayStation, stop recording” to end the recording and save the video clip.
    • Voice Command (Preview) is currently available in English for beta participants with accounts registered to the U.S. and U.K.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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DonFerrari (on 02 February 2023)

Some of those improvements are good

  • +1
Jumpinbeans (on 03 February 2023)

It would be nice if they allowed the backing up of save data on ps5 to usb for local accounts without a PSN account. Essentially kids under 7 can’t have a PSN account so can only play locally but have no way of saving their data.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 02 February 2023)

Looks pretty good!

Hopefully we can have some themes in the near future haha

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