Playstation’s latest firmware update includes remote play enhancements and VRR support

The PS mobile app is being updated and variable refresh rate is on its way

Jasper Pickering
Friday 25 March 2022 13:13
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<p>Both Sony consoles will receive an update with new features </p>

Both Sony consoles will receive an update with new features

Update: It appears that the PS Plus service is now back in action, with players able to access their online accounts.

A new software update has made its way to both the PS4 and PS5 consoles.

Many players encountered issues trying to access multiplayer on the console, as a PlayStation Plus verification issue had surfaced, which meant active memberships were not being recognised.

The update was announced in a post on the official PlayStation blog, where the company confirmed that updates include highly requested features, such as the ability to create cross-generational open and closed parties on PS5 and PS4 consoles.

Playstation 5 players with accounts registered in the UK or US will also be able to test out a preview of a new feature called “voice command”. This lets gamers find and open games, apps and settings, as well as control media playback, with their voice.

For more details on updates to Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 features, keep reading the article below.

PS App and PS Remote Play enhancements

There will be a gradual rollout for PS App users to create or join open and closed parties through the app as well. The PS App game base UI will also be updated to make it easier to access the “Friends”, “Parties” and messaging features.

PS Remote Play mobile app users can enjoy a new “dark mode” based on their phone setting and choose from new screen reader languages for both iOS and Android, including Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Greek, Thai and Chinese (traditional and simplified).

Variable Refresh Rate support for PS5

Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) is planned to release on PS5 in the coming months. On HDMI 2.1-compatible TVs and PC monitors, VRR dynamically syncs the refresh rate of the display to the PS5 console’s graphical output.

This will mean that visual performance for PS5 games will be enhanced by minimising or eliminating visual artifacts, such as frame pacing issues and screen tearing. As a result, gameplay on PS5 titles should feel smoother, as scenes can render instantly and input lag will be reduced.

However, this will of course be dependent on the quality of display that is being used with the PS5.

Previously released PS5 games can be fully optimised for VRR through a game patch and future games may include VRR support at launch.

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