TLDR: Sony is releasing a beta version of the PlayStation 5 system software, which includes support for 1440p HDMI video output and game lists, as well as new quality-of-life improvements and social features. With 1440p support, gamers can now select additional visual settings when playing on a compatible TV or PC monitor. To check compatibility, simply select “Test 1440p Output” under “Display & Video” in System Preferences.

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Games that support higher native resolutions, such as 4K, can benefit from improved anti-aliasing through supersampling up to 1440p. Notably, the variable refresh rate on the PS5 only works in 1080p and 4K; 1440p resolution is not supported.

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The beta also adds a new game lists feature to make it easier to organize your library. Users can create up to 15 game lists, and each list can contain up to 100 titles. All games in the Your Collection tab can be added to the list, including disc, digital, and streaming games. The same game can be added to multiple lists.

To create a list, go to Your Collection, then select Create Game List. From there, you can add games to the list and give them a name.

The new system update also lets you listen and compare stereo and 3D audio, and choose your preferred settings. Returning to an action after a pause is also easier with convenient access to current actions.

For social media, the update now allows users to send stickers and voice messages to groups in the game’s base card. You will now also receive a notification when you join a group and a member is playing a game that you can join. In addition, you can now ask party members to launch Screen Share to watch their gameplay.

Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President of Platform Operations at Sony Interactive Entertainment said access to the beta is limited to invited participants in certain countries. Gamers are advised to keep an eye on their inbox for an invitation. If all goes well, Sony intends to bring these features to the global community later this year.

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