Sony’s most recent PS5 update adds a number of new features to the console, including integration with the popular communication app Discord and variable refresh rate (VRR) support for 1440p resolution. The VRR functionality, which was previously available in beta testing, is now officially supported and allows players to experience smoother, more stable gameplay.
Users can receive calls from the Discord app on their PS5, but they must first link their accounts in the console’s settings. Screen-sharing capabilities, voice command recording of gameplay, and the ability to transfer saved data between PlayStation consoles are also included in the version 7 release.
According to The Verge, the Discord integration on PS5 currently only supports voice calls and does not support text messages or server access.
It’s worth noting that Xbox didn’t fully integrate Discord into their system until November of last year, with direct access to the app’s options not becoming available until November of last year. Given this, it’s possible that the current PS5 integration is only the first step towards a more comprehensive implementation in the future.
The newly introduced integration between PS5 and Discord provides players with an excellent cross-platform communication solution, allowing seamless voice communication across multiple platforms. Despite the fact that it is a third-party app, the installation process is simple, and once completed, players can easily control their audio settings, such as volume, muting, or minimising it while continuing to play their games. This feature improves the overall gaming experience and allows for better player coordination.
Aside from the Discord integration, the latest PS5 update includes several other notable improvements. Smoother performance is one such enhancement when using VRR-compatible HDMI 2.1 displays, which dynamically synchronise the refresh rate of the display with that of the PS5 console, resulting in less frame pacing and screen tearing. Furthermore, from their user profile, players can now easily share their screens or request that a friend share theirs.
Players can also join a friend’s gaming session by selecting their profile and selecting the ‘Join Game’ option from the menu. The home screen of a selected game now includes a ‘Friends Who Play’ tile, similar to Steam, displaying a list of friends who also own the same game.
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