PlayStation 4 and 5 are updated with open voice chats and PS5 will have VRR support in the coming months


PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players now have the latest system software update available, which Sony says “includes some of the features requested by fans around the world” such as open voice chats (now called parties). . The company has also advanced the first details of the next PS5 update, which will add support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) on televisions and monitors with HDMI 2.1. Its launch is planned for the next few months.

The great novelty of the new update is the possibility of creating or joining open and closed groups from PS5 and PS4 consoles. Open groups, previously unavailable, are visible to friends and they can join the conversation without receiving an invite. For their part, closed groups are only accessible to players who have been summoned. To counteract toxic users, new tools are added to report misconduct.

For PS5 players there are improvements to the Game Base interface, which is now split between Friends, Groups and Messages, and trophy cards. Accessibility features such as mono audio for headphones are also added. PS5 owners who want to stay up-to-date with PS5 features, such as how to apply game presets to the console, pin videos and apps to the screen while gaming, or screen sharing, can take a look at the cards. Professional tips in the control center.

The new update also affects the PS App, which from today gradually receives the ability to create or join open parties and an overhaul of the Game Base interface to make it easier to access friends, parties and messaging features. For its part, PS Remote Play now has a new dark mode depending on the mobile configuration.

Regarding the variable refresh rate (VRR, for its acronym in English), it will be available soon on PS5. VRR works on TVs and monitors with HDMI 2.1 and its function is to dynamically synchronize the refresh rate of the screen with the graphical output of PS5. This improves the visual performance of games by minimizing or eliminating visual artifacts such as frame skipping and tearing. Already released games can be optimized for VRR and future ones can include it.

PS5 will be able to apply VRR on games that are not supported. “This feature can improve the video quality of some games,” explains Sony. “If unexpected visual effects occur, you can disable this option at any time.”