Beta participants can now test out the PlayStation 5’s new Discord integration.
Sony has now begun rolling out the next big system software update for PlayStation 5. Although still in its beta phase, the update includes the much anticipated Discord voice chat feature and variable refresh rate support for 1440p output.
The beta version will only be available for a limited number of users in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Japan. If you have already signed up for the beta, make sure to check your emails as Sony is sending out invitations along with the instructions to download the beta build.
While the final release date for this new patch is yet to be announced, unofficial reports suggest it should be arriving at the beginning of March. Those who are invited to the beta will have full access to the new Discord voice chat integration, but it will require you to sync your PlayStation and Discord accounts first, in order to grant permissions to the app for monitoring your information and sharing them with your friends.
Other than that, there are a number of new social features and improvements in the new version of PlayStation 5 system software that will make it easier for you to know what your friends are playing and request screen sharing.
The full patch notes for the beta update can be found below:
- Join a Discord Voice Chat on Your PS5 Console
- You can now join Discord voice chats on your PS5 console and easily chat with friends on most other gaming platforms.
- Start or Request a Share Screen from Your Friend’s Profile
- You can now send a Share Screen request or start sharing your screen with a friend, directly from their profile. Simply select the Share Screen icon on your friend’s profile to start a new session.
- New “Join Game” Icon in Party Chats
- On the voice chat card, a joinable icon will be displayed for party members playing a game you can join.
- New “Friends Who Play” Tile
- In game hubs, you can now see which of your friends have the game, who is currently online, and who is currently playing the game.
- Manually Upload Game Captures to PlayStation App
- You can now manually select and upload individual screenshots or game clips to PS App from your PS5 console, then easily share them on social media or with your friends.
- Variable Refresh Rate support for 1440p
- You can now enjoy smoother visual performance when using a VRR-compatible HDMI 2.1 display at 1440p resolution, when playing a game that supports VRR.
- We’ve also made some updates to the parameters of the PS5 console’s 1440p output test, enabling 1440p support for a wider range of HDMI displays.
- Game Library Enhancements
- You can now also sort and filter games when adding games to a gamelist.
- You can use filters in your library to easily find PS VR games, as well as PS VR2 titles when PS VR2 launches later this month.
- Game Presets for Multiplayer Session Preferences
- You can set your preferences to manage who can join and who can invite other players to multiplayer sessions you’ve created for supported games.
- PS4 to PS5 Saved Data Migration
- When you download or install a PS4 game on your PS5 console, a notification that PS4 saved data is available in your PlayStation Network cloud storage will appear (if your PS5 console doesn’t already have saved data for the game). Simply select the notification to download your saved data.
- When you download or install a PS5 game that can load PS4 saved data, such as the PS5 version of a game that was also released on PS4, the same notification will appear (if the game supports this feature).
- PS5 to PS5 Data Transfer
- You can now easily transfer the data on your PS5 console, including games, saved data, user profiles, settings, screenshots, and videos, to another PS5 console using a local Wi-Fi network or a LAN cable.
- Screen Reader Improvements
- The screen reader now gives more detailed guidance when navigating the console.
- Wireless Device Update for DualSense Wireless Controller
- You can now update the DualSense wireless controller device software with a wireless connection.
- Game Capture Using Voice Command (U.S. and U.K. limited release)
- Voice Command now supports using your voice to save video clips of your gameplay.
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