Sony recently announced the first major system update for the PlayStation 5, which is now available. In addition to the changes that have been communicated, there are also some smaller, noteworthy innovations.
As announced, Sony has released the first major system update for the PlayStation 5. The new firmware is version 21.01-03.00.00.38 and can be downloaded to the current console worldwide. In addition to the main features communicated at the time of the announcement, such as the ability to save on external USB drives, some smaller features also found their way into the software that Sony had not yet communicated in this way.
From now on, HDR image output will no longer be enforced across the board by the PS5. There is now an option in the “Screen and Video” area to set the HDR output to “On When Supported”. HDR is only used with actual support, otherwise the PS5 can otherwise display SDR games in the future as originally intended – without having to accept a fake HDR effect. So far, users only had the option of switching off HDR completely to achieve this effect.
The PS5 now also supports 120Hz screens in 1080p mode. Up to now, monitors with the higher refresh rate could not be recognized in this resolution, but this is now possible – and that should be particularly pleasing to PS5 players who use their gaming PC monitor for image output. Incidentally, the option is less relevant for TV users.
And: Switching off the PS5 can now also be synchronized with the TV or receiver. If you activate the option, the TV will automatically turn off and on when you press the PS5 accordingly – and also switch to the correct HDMI output if necessary.