PlayStation 5 new update features themes, 1440p, and more — report

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Sony has been padding out PlayStation 5's functionality with System Software Updates since launch and the reported contents of the next one are huge. Apparently, it will feature support for themes, 1440p, and more.

Roberto Serrano, editor of is the source here, but we cannot speak to his credibility. So, take this all with the customary pinch of salt. Serrano reports that the next PS5 system software update was supposed to be in beta by the end of 2021, just like Sony had successfully tested for the previous SSD-support update last year. This new update seemed set to include some major features: Variable Refresh Rate (to cover for frame dipping), 1440p, social feed, dynamic backgrounds, and themes. This was generally designed around "improv[ing] the UI/UX experience [sic] and video performance."

Now, Sorrano reports that the same update "is expected come out at the beginning of this year as an alternative to the previous Sony PlayStation year-end plan to test some features before the official release." Apparently, the update will be out in "the coming weeks," with a later clarification suggesting that it will be "the end of January 2022." This might include tone mapping for certain Sony Bravia TVs, as well.

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While we would take this with that pinch of salt (in fact, take the whole shaker), these are updates that Sony delayed on the PS4 as well. Themes and folders, in particular, have been long requested by the PlayStation community playing on current-gen, so getting one of the two would be nice. That being said, the next update was expected to contain PlayStation Tournaments after it was announced at CES 2022.

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Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Hey, I'm Kes! I'm a Staff Writer, and I've been here since 2021. What do I like? The Outer Wilds is top notch. The Witcher 3 blew my mind over the course of five years completing it. I want Burnout back — I really miss crunching mechanical wonders into walls to the sound of Guns N' Roses. Cool, now we are acquainted, I'll see you around.