Today, PS5 announced a host of new features, including gamelists, 1440p support, and new social features to try out in the newest PS5 beta. Currently, beta access is limited to folks in the U.S., Canada, Japan, U.K., Germany and France, but Sony hopes to bring these updates globally later this year.
On the Technical Side
The PS5 beta includes support for 1440p HDMI video output. If you have a compatible TV or monitor that supports 1440p rendering, you can experience native 1440p output. If you’re playing a game with a higher native resolution, you may benefit from improved anti-aliasing through supersampling down to 1440p output.
For audio fiends, you’ll also be able to compare stereo audio and 3D audio when using compatible headphones. You can now listen to and compare the difference between 3D and stereo audio on the same screen and choose your preferred setting.
Gamelists Is PS5’s Answer to Folders
After many requests, the PS5 is finally getting folders, at least in this new PS5 beta. Gamelists will make organizing your games a breeze. If you’re a JRPG fanatic, you can pop all your favorite titles into one list. Currently, the beta will allow up to 15 gamelists and 100 games per gamelist. Gamers can also add the same game to multiple lists.
Activity Card Updates
Activity cards are handy for games that use them well. The new PS5 beta update will allow you to access in-progress activities easily. In the new system software beta, in-progress activities will be featured prominently at the top of the game hub. This will make getting back to where you left off faster and easier.
More Social Features
If you’re chatting in a party with friends, the PS5 beta will allow you to request a party member to share their screen. Obviously, they might say no, but it’s another way to play. In the same boat, the new beta will also notify you if you can join the game your friends are playing. Then you can jump right in!
Voice messages and stickers also make their debut in groups. Plus, when you accept a friend request, it will give you the option to view their profile when you check out the Accepted Requests section.
There is currently no word on when some of these changes might roll out publicly, and Sony does note that some may not make it out of the PS5 beta while others may change.