The new Sony PS5 software update is live now and includes some surprising improvements to HDR and 120Hz support. Although Sony has already described in detail a major new feature that allows players to store – but not play – PS5 games on an external hard drive, there is also a new option to automatically switch the video output to non-HDR when using a game or app. which does not support HDR.
This is a key improvement for those using PS5 HDR, as it now means you no longer have to rummage through the settings menu to manually disable HDR when watching SDR content.
Along with these HDR changes, this update adds two new HDMI controls to the system section of the PS5 settings menu. You can now switch one-touch playback, which will automatically turn on the connected TV when you turn on the PS5 and switch it to the correct input. You can also toggle the shutdown connection, which allows the PS5 to enter sleep mode if you turn off the TV connected to your console.
Sony also supports more 120Hz computer monitors in this update. If you have a 1080p PC monitor that supports 120 Hz, it should now run at this refresh rate with the PS5. Unfortunately, variable refresh rate (VRR) support is still lacking on the PS5.
This latest software update also includes better options for quickly disabling in-game chat, the ability to search for purchased games, and the ability to hide games in a library.