Sony is finally adding 1440p support to the PS5. But you will only be able to try it if you are signed up for the PS5 beta program.
Many PS5 owners have been eagerly awaiting 1440p support since the console’s launch. And while it’s currently only available as part of the PS5 beta program, Sony confirmed (opens in new tab) she plans to roll out the feature globally “later this year.”
Other new features added to the beta include player-created playlists and a menu to compare stereo and 3D audio. A variety of new social features have also been added. This includes screen sharing requests and notifications for games you can participate in. All in all, it’s a pretty substantial PS5 beta update.
How to enable 1440p output on PS5
If you’re signed up for the PS5 beta program, you can access your console settings to set the resolution to 1440p.
In the Settings menu, go to ‘Display & Video’ followed by the ‘Video Output’ submenu. Under ‘Resolution and Frequency’, select ‘Resolution’ and then 1440p from the drop-down menu.
If you are not sure whether your monitor supports 1440p, you can select ‘Test 1440p Output’ from the same menu. If the test displays correctly, you’re good to go.
Why 1440p is important on PS5
1440p resolution is more than just a halfway house between HD and 4K. Some of the best PS5 games support a native resolution of 1440p, like Final Fantasy 14. When these games are played on a 1440p screen, they will look much sharper as a result. This is especially true for smaller 1440p displays. (If you want to switch from a TV to a monitor, these are the best monitors for PS5).
What’s equally pleasing is that games with native 4K resolutions can scale down to 1440p. In this case, you can benefit from higher frame rates and anti-aliasing, which create a smoother overall image that helps eliminate sharp or jagged edges in 3D objects.
Unfortunately, Sony seems to have missed an important opportunity with its 1440p. The resolution setting will not work with the PS5 VRR, another long-awaited feature that was added a few months ago. This is especially perplexing considering that VRR supports both 1080p and 4K resolution settings on the console. Hopefully this can be resolved when 1440p resolution is released to PS5 owners worldwide.
Finally, we’re happy that 1440p support is finally on PS5, even if it’s in limited capacity for now. It’s a feature that Xbox Series X consoles | S have since launch, and their omission from the PS5 has always been puzzling. Fortunately, it’s one less thing Sony needs to do right now. Or at least it will be when it comes out of the beta testing phase.