The first major update to the PlayStation 5 has arrived and, as promised, it allows anyone who has managed to get hold of a system to 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 joystick, or find out how to recover from a failed update), there is a long list of tweaks. What The edge mentioned, while the PS5 already supported 120Hz output with compatible TVs, after the update it also works with 1080p displays that have faster refresh rates, such as some gaming monitors. While HDR is great, not all games or apps support it, and you can now configure the system to cast in SDR when that’s 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> Display & Video> Video Out and then uncheck Enable 120Hz Out.
We have added the option to change the video output to non-HDR when using a game or application that does not support HDR. To change this setting, go to Settings> Display & Video> Video Out> HDR.
Another change you can take advantage of is the new HDMI switches, where you can individually choose between the settings that will turn your TV on when the PS5 is turned on, or put the console in standby mode when the TV is turned off.
One of mand favorite changes it is the ability to unfollow games, so your updates do not appear in the news center when you first turn on the system. Some games that you probably installed and played once, or just tried because they were on PlayStation Plus (I’m talking about Destruction AllStars), but you don’t need to see what happens to them every day.
Now you can manage all the games you keep by going to Settings> Saved Data and Games / Apps Settings> Manage games in a row. This allows you to unfollow games without having to navigate to individual news posts or game hubs.
For displays that support the HDMI device link function, you can now enable or disable one-touch playback and turn off the link individually. Go to Settings> System> HDMI to change this setting.
When one-touch play is enabled, turning on your PS5 console will also turn on your connected screen.
When the shutdown link is enabled, turning off the connected screen will put your PS5 console into sleep mode.
There are many 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.