The first major Playstation 5 the update has arrived, and as promised, it allows anyone who has managed to get their hands on a store their next-generation games on external USB hard drives. But even if you’ve already downloaded it (or are still waiting to find a new console), there are more changes than listed in the announcement blog post.
As mentioned in the full changelog on the PlayStation support site (which is also where you can go to install the update from a USB drive, or find out how to recover from a failed update), there is a long list of changes. As The edge mentioned, while the PS5 120Hz output already supported with compatible TVs, after the update, it also works with 1080p displays which have faster refresh rates, like some gaming monitors. While HDR is great, not all games or apps support it, and you can now configure the system to transmit in SDR when this is the only format available.
Some PC monitors that can display 1080p / 120Hz now support 120Hz display for gaming. If you’re having trouble viewing your game at 120Hz, go to Settings> Screen & Video> Video Out, then turn off Enable 120Hz output.
We have added the ability to switch the video output to non-HDR when using a game or app that does not support HDR. To change this setting, go to Settings> Screen & video> Video output> HDR.
Another change you might be able to take advantage of is the new HDMI toggles, where you can individually choose between settings that will turn your TV on when the PS5 turns on, or put the console to standby when the TV turns off.
One of my preferred changes is the option to stop following games so that their updates do not appear in the news hub when you turn on the system for the first time. Some games that you’ve probably installed and played once, or just tried because they were on PlayStation Plus (I’m talking about AllStars Destruction), but you don’t necessarily need to see what’s going on with them every day.
You can now manage all the games you follow by going to Settings> Saved data and Game / app settings> Manage watched games. This allows you to stop following games without having to access individual news articles or game hubs.
For displays that support the HDMI device link function, 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 on, turning on your PS5 console will also turn on your smart display.
When the power off link is enabled, disabling your smart display will put your PS5 console into rest mode.
There are a lot of other changes including an update for the DualSense controller, so go ahead and install it and read the notes while you wait for the 900MB update to install.