The new PS5 1440p firmware update is actually better than initially thought

If you're a PC owner with a 1440p monitor who wasn't sold on getting a PS5 before, the latest firmware update might finally convince you to splurge on the flagship console.


The PS5 is one of the best video game consoles on the market. It's so good, in fact, that it's also very rare. Unlike the Xbox Series S/X, which has been steadily available over the past year, the PS5 remains just as elusive as the long-rumored PC port of FromSoftware's Bloodborne.

TLDR; Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart should look "prettier" on a 1440p screen compared to a 4K screen.

All jokes aside, the PS5 is already quite a powerful machine and subsequent updates from Sony have only made the PS5 better.

Case in point, the latest firmware update for the PS5 lets it support 1440p.

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First things first, Sony is late with its 1440p support for the PS5. Both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S have had this feature for far longer. Nevertheless, it's still a big deal. Why? For starters, 1440p monitors are cheaper compared to 4K monitors. It's also easier to get your hands on 1440p displays with high refresh rates and they're more economical.

On top of this, most newer 1440p monitors already support HDMI 2.1.

Compared to the Xbox Series S/X, the PS5 scales to the best possible display output for potentially better image quality.

Ultimately, the new firmware update for the PS5 is heaven sent for 1440p monitor owners. If you're lucky enough to get a PS5 and already have a 1440p monitor, you might want to get one. The actual output of the PS5 because of the firmware update on 1440p isn't 2560 x 1440p. Instead, the actual rendering resolution is 3840 x 2160p, which the PS5 downscales to your 1440p screen. As EuroGamer points out, the result is that "performance will be the same as 4K."

The new 1440p firmware update for the PS5 isn't the first graphical update that PS5 owners have enjoyed this year. In April, Sony finally added Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support to its flagship console.

With Unreal Engine 5 promising better graphics in the next few years, the PS5's firmware needs to keep up with its capable hardware. It's nice to know that Sony is putting the PS5 in a position to succeed. Now, if only Sony can live up to its earlier promise to make more PS5 units available for the holiday season.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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