Sony has released a new system update on PS4 and PS5, available starting today worldwide. The update introduces new features to both consoles, makes some changes to the dashboards, and optimizes the PS App and PS Remote Play, all changes made thanks to the participants’ feedback in the Beta. Additionally, Sony has announced that Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support will arrive in a few months and dramatically improve some games’ graphics quality.
Immediately after downloading the system update, players will be able to create or join open and closed parties on PS5 and PS4 consoles. On PS5, the user interface of the Game Base and trophy cards will also be optimized and accessibility features such as mono audio for headphones. For updates on PS5 features, such as applying game presets on your console, adding videos and apps to your screen while gaming, or sharing your screen with friends, check out the new tabs with “pro tips” in the center control.
Sony also announces that starting tomorrow, March 24, the PS App will allow you to create or join open and closed parties and include:
- A completely revised user interface.
- Making it easier to access the Friends.
- Messaging features of the Game Base.
Users of the PS Remote Play mobile app, on the other hand, can take advantage of a new “dark mode” depending on their phone settings and choose between new screen reader languages for iOS and Android, including Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Greek, Thai and Chinese. All very welcome quality of life improvements.
Finally, the most important part. Sony will release Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support on PS5, HDMI 2.1 compatible TVs, and PC monitors over the next few months. For the uninitiated, VRR dynamically synchronizes the display refresh rate with the graphics output of the PS5 console, improving the visual performance of video games thanks to a reduction (or complete elimination) of visual artifacts, such as frame problems pacing and screen tearing. Previously released PS5 games will be able to be fully optimized for VRR via a game patch, while future games may include VRR support as early as launch.
As you may have noticed, most of the changes are for PS5, but Sony hasn’t forgotten PS4, which will continue to be supported for a long time with new updates. The first update is available today, while the mobile one will arrive tomorrow. The introduction of the VRR is scheduled for late spring.