As promised, the first major PlayStation 5 update has arrived, allowing anyone who was able to get a hold of a system to store their new-gen games on external USB hard drives. However if you have already downloaded it or are still waiting to find a new console, there are more changes than just the ones listed in the announcement blog post.
According to the full changelog on PlayStation’s site, from where you can install the update from a thumb stick or find out how to recover from a failed update, there’s a long list of tweaks. While the PS5 already support 120Hz output with compatible TVs, it will also work with 1080p displays that have faster refresh rates like gaming monitors after the update. While HDR is great, not every game or application supports it, therefore you the system can be set to output in SDR when that’s the only format available.
PS5 and PS4 players can now Share Play together. Use Share Play to let a friend watch your gameplay, or even pass controllers virtually so they can try the game out. Learn more about Share Play here: https://t.co/QYyMmAu56x pic.twitter.com/Ihp54MRcjX— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) April 14, 2021
According to Sony, some PC monitors that can display 1080p/120Hz now support 120Hz display for games. If you’re having any trouble viewing your game at 120 Hz, go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output, and then turn off Enable 120 Hz Output. Meanwhile, they have also added the option to switch the video output to non-HDR when using a game or app that doesn’t support HDR. To change this setting, go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > HDR.
The new HDMI toggles, where you can individually choose between settings that will turn your TV on when the PS5 turns on, or switch the console into standby when the TV turns off, are another change you maybe able to take advantage of.
One of the changes is the ability to unfollow games, so their updates will not be shown in the news hub when you first turn your system on. To manage all the games you follow, you have to go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Manage Followed Games. This will allow you to unfollow games without having to navigate to the individual news posts or game hubs.
For displays that support the HDMI device link feature, you can now enable or disable one-touch play and power off link individually. Go to Settings > System > HDMI to change these settings. When one-touch play is enabled, turning on your PS5 console will also turn on your connected display. Whereas, when power off link is enabled, turning off your connected display will put your PS5 console in rest mode.
A lot of other changes, including an update for the DualSense controller were made, so go ahead and install it and in the mean time, read the notes while you wait for the 900MB update to install.