PS5’s latest firmware update beta adds 1440p compatibility, Gamelists, social features, and more

It keeps getting better and better.

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Some of the promised features are slowly trickling to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console via the Beta update option. Beta access is currently available to participants from a select few regions, namely the United States, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

The most notable feature of the latest firmware beta release is the 1440p HDMI video output for the PC monitors and TVs that are able to support the feature. This feature will also have a trickle-on effect for 4K users, providing them with better anti-aliasing through supersampling from 1080p to 1440p. For audiophiles out there, you will be able to listen and compare headphone output between Stereo and 3D sounds through the same menu screen.

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The firmware also adds a Gamelists feature that lets players better organize their Game Library. PS5 owners will be able to create up to 15 different Gamelists, with up to 100 games each, which means that all games from the ‘Your Collection’ tab can be added to a Gamelist, and one title can belong to several different Gamelists.

If you’ve left a game for a while and are returning to it, the Current Activity feature will tell you where you left off at a glance. Theoretically, this will make it easier for players to remember where they were and what they were going to do next.

The new Social features include the ability to request to share screen from a friend and the option to be notified that you can join a party member’s game. Another small social quality-of-life update involves the ability to check new friend’s profiles more easily and the ability to send stickers and voice messages in the Game Base card.

As with most features in beta testing, Sony has clarified that there is no guarantee that all these features will make it to the final release or may see significant changes.