The PS5 adopts 1440p on its HDMI output, finally!

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Loudly requested by some gamers since the console’s launch, 1440p support on the PlayStation 5’s HDMI output is finally on the way, and is even now available to beta testers of the system software.

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About time, some would say. Starting July 28, Sony’s PlayStation 5 will receive the ability to output a 1440p video signal on its HDMI output. This new format is in addition to the 720p, 1080i/p and 2160p (4K) already supported by the machine, through new system software deployed today in beta. In doing so, Sony’s machine finally falls in line not only with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and S, but even the Xbox One S and One X, which have offered 1440p since they hit the market.

The dropdown menu of video definitions available in PS5 picture and sound settings

1440p is inserted between 1080p and 2160p, finally!

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Released for 120Hz TV and PC monitors but without HDMI 2.1

This news certainly won’t fundamentally change the lives of all PS5 owners, far from it, but it still represents a real liberation for the players involved. The first and most obvious use case is for a console connected to a PC monitor at 2560 x 1440px, one of the most common display definitions today. While some of these monitors are capable of taking a 2160p signal as input and scaling it themselves to your panel’s resolution, that’s only a minority of them. With most models, the only signal definition allowed by both the PS5 and the monitor was 1080p, with the inevitable consequence of a final image that was less than ideal in sharpness. A problem that no longer occurs.

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Another situation to consider is that of certain 4K TVs that support 120 Hz signals, but not HDMI 2.1 – this is the case in particular for many models in Samsung’s 2018 and 2019 ranges. Since they have to make do with the speeds of the HDMI 2.0 standard on their inputs, these TVs can’t receive a 2160p signal at 120Hz, and in fact the only way to access 120Hz modes on the few supported PS5 games. was to switch to 1080p. But on the other hand, these same bitrates are perfectly sufficient for a 1440p 120Hz signal, thus becoming a much more acceptable compromise. Specifically, it makes some sense of these TVs with 40fps display modes that we see appearing in more and more titles (and which require a 120Hz signal to display perfectly stable).

A bit of infidelity to the HDMI specifications

The addition of this 1440p support is, apparently, a small revolution for PlayStation, which until now seemed to have the principle of always adhering as strictly as possible to the specifications defined by the HDMI Forum – specifications that, precisely, do not provide the ability to transport a 1440p video stream. It’s this same extreme rigor that seems to explain why the PS5’s variable refresh rate feature strictly complies with the HDMI VRR standard and no other, not even the AMD FreeSync standard from which it is derived.

Finally, it should be noted that we have been talking since the beginning of this article about the definition of the video signal sent through the HDMI output of the console, and not about the definition of internal rendering of games, which is completely unrelated. There are already a lot of PS5 games that use 1440p as the target for their 3D rendering, with the “source” image produced and then simply upscaled to 1080p or 2160p by the console before being sent to screen.

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Other news: game folders and 3D audio comparison tool

The 1440p video output is not the only novelty that the new PS5 firmware brings. The latter also features “game lists” that the user can use to organize the collection tab of their console interface. Files, in short, that will undoubtedly be very useful, especially for subscribers of the new PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium formulas.

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Finally, notice in the sound settings, the appearance of a page where the user can directly compare stereo audio and 3D audio when using a compatible sound device (headphones or TV speakers). This allows everyone to get a more concrete idea of ​​the difference the console’s famous Tempest 3D AudioTech system brings and to make an informed decision, if we ever don’t find this difference convincing, to turn off the processing. .

Comparison page between stereo and 3D audio in PS5 audio settings

The new comparison page between 3D audio and stereo audio

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The new system software is now available to those enrolled in the PS5 system software beta program. General availability will most likely continue in the coming weeks.

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