PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 Systems Are Getting Software Updates Today Globally
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Support for Variable Refresh Rates is coming to PS5 over the next few months.

Today’s global rollout of the next PS5/PS4 software updates is underway. Sony wanted to give a quick overview of some of these new features. The Variable Refresh rate for PS5 on HDMI-2.1-compatible TVs is also going to be released in the coming months.

New Features For PS5 And PS4 Consoles

Sony today introduces some fan-requested functions to the global community. Open and Closed Parties can now be created and joined on the PS5 and PS4 consoles. They are also bringing UI improvements to Game Base cards and Trophy cards on PS5.

PlayStation5 players who have accounts in the U.S. and U.K. can test drive Voice Commands. This feature allows them to find, open, and control media playback, apps, and parties using their voice.

More information about these features can be found here.

Remote Play Enhancements

A feature that allows PS App users to join Open or Closed Parties via the app will be available later today. Sony has also updated the PS App Game Base interface to make it easier for users to access Friends, Parties, and messaging features. This ensures a consistent player experience when using PS5.

PS Remote Play app users can experience a new “dark” mode based on their device settings. Or choose between new Screen Reader languages, both for iOS and Android. These include Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Finnish and Swedish, Turkish and Greek, Thai and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

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Variable Refresh Rate Support For PS5 Is On The Horizon

In the next few months, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), is expected to be available on PS5 within the coming months. VRR dynamically synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the PS5 console’s graphics output on HDMI-2.1 compatible TVs and monitors. This improves the visual performance of PS5 games by eliminating or minimizing visual artifacts such as screen tearing and frame pacing issues. Many PS5 titles have smoother gameplay because scenes render faster, graphics are crisper, and input lat is lower. You can optimize PS5 games for VRR by installing a game patch. Future games might include VRR support at launch.

You can also apply VRR to PS5 game that doesn’t support it. This feature can improve the video quality of some games. You can disable this feature at any time if you notice any unusual visual effects. You can toggle between VRR and the second option.

Note that the results can vary depending on which TV you use and what game you are playing. We’ll be sharing more information as we near the release of the feature, including the game patches that will enable VRR support.

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