PlayStation 5 Updates: The newest beta update to Sony’s PlayStation 5 user interface adds a much-needed distinction between PS4 and PS5 versions of cross-generation titles. One of the primary criticisms of the platform has been its handling of PlayStation 4 titles with PlayStation 5 versions, especially when compared to Xbox’s Smart Delivery technology. Some creators had to take to social media during the launch period to warn gamers about installing the incorrect version of their games.
Because the PlayStation has been sparse on shop shelves since its debut in November, many would-be PlayStation buyers may never get to experience this first uncertainty. Scalpers and persistent technology shortages have worsened the paucity.
This has prompted Sony to promise to continue to support the PlayStation 4 for the foreseeable future, which may be regarded as a significant shift given Jim Ryan’s earlier statement that the firm “doesn’t believe in generations.”
Whatever Sony’s attitude on cross-compatibility, the reality remains that many games are compatible with both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and the latest PS5 beta update, according to Eurogamer, makes it much easier for gamers to discern between the two versions.
Each cross-gen game is now displayed twice on the dashboard, once for each version. The game tiles clearly show which version is which, allowing PS5 owners to pick and choose which experience they desire. More significantly, this indication will protect gamers from installing the incorrect version of a game and losing valuable gameplay time.
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Backward compatibility improvements aren’t the only benefit of the upgrades. The newest PS5 beta also adds support for SSD expansions, although pricey ones, allowing players to add additional game storage to their console.
The Trophy Tracker now displays five awards at once, the Control Center now allows users to remove settings they don’t need, and the Game Base now includes a friends list that allows players to see who’s online and manage pending requests. Subscribers to PlayStation Now will also receive a resolution picker, allowing users to choose between playing a game in 720p or 1080p.
Those who want to see all of these improvements before the rest of the world may apply to have the beta update installed on their PlayStation 5 via Sony’s official website. Users must be at least 18 years old and reside in one of the following countries: the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, or Japan.
Even in the face of the PlayStation 5’s success, Sony’s continuing support for cross-generational games indicates that the PlayStation 4 will not become outdated anytime soon.