PS5 and PS4 system software update is rolling out globally today
Variable update rate support is coming to PS5 in the coming months
We wanted to give you a quick tour of the latest PS 5 and PS4 system software updates, which are rolling out globally today. We're also proud to share new details here on PS5's variable update rate, a feature for HDMI 2.1 compatible TVs and computer monitors that will be available in the coming months.
New features for PS5 and PS4 consoles
Thanks to the support of beta test participants, we're bringing some fan-requested features to the global community today, such as hosting or participating in open and closed parties on PS5 and PS4 consoles. On PS5, we're bringing UI enhancements to the 「Game Base」 and 「Trophies」 tabs, as well as helper features like Headphone Mono.
For informational tips on PS5 features, such as how to apply game presets on your console, pin videos and apps to your screen while playing, or share your screen with your friends, check out the Control Center for new 「Pro Tips」 tab.
PS App and PS Remote Play enhancements
Starting today, we will gradually roll out the ability to host or attend open and closed parties for PS App users, making it available through the app as well. We've also updated the PS App "Game Base" UI to make it easier to access 「Friends」, 「Party」, and 「message」 features, providing a more consistent PS5 player experience.
PS Remote Play mobile app users can use a new "Dark Mode" based on their phone settings, and select new "Screen Reader" languages on both iOS and Android, including Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Greek, Thai and Chinese (traditional and simplified).
Coming soon: PS5 variable update rate support
We're also proud to share the news with you: Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) is coming to PS5 in the coming months. On HDMI 2.1 compatible TV and computer monitors, VRR will dynamically synchronize the screen's refresh rate to match the PS5 console's graphics output. This feature enhances the visual performance of PS5 games by drastically reducing or eliminating visual artifacts such as frame sync issues and tearing. Many PS5 titles will have a smoother play experience thanks to faster scene rendering times, sharper image quality, and reduced input lag. Through game patches, previously released PS5 games will be fully optimized for VRR, and future games may include VRR support at launch.
As an added option, you can also choose to apply VRR to PS5 games that do not support this feature. This feature may improve the quality of some games. You can turn this option off at any time if this action results in any unexpected visual effects. Either VRR or this secondary option can be selected to be turned on or off.
Note that effects may vary depending on the TV you're using and the games you're playing. As the feature's rollout time gets closer, we'll share more details, including which games will be able to enable VRR support through game patches.