Sony’s PS5 update kicks off with Discord voice chat for everyone

The PlayStation 5 update that brings support for Discord voice chats on console has now made its way out of beta and for all PS5 players. Those who have already installed System Update 7.0 can now activate Discord calls on their console, as long as they don’t mind setting it up. They’ll have to link their PlayStation Network account to Discord to begin with, and then have to select Discord under “Linked Services” before completing the integration through either a QR code or the PS5 browser. Every time they want to chat with their friends, they have to use a mobile device or PC to transfer a call to the PS5 first.

This process is a bit involved, but Microsoft made it available to join Discord calls directly from Xbox in November last year. Hopefully Sony will do the same in the future. like the edge Notes, the PS5’s Discord integration doesn’t include texting and streaming yet, so you won’t be able to access those on console.

Additionally, the latest update adds Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support for HDMI 2.1 displays at 1440p resolution. This translates to lower lag and input lag for VRR-enabled games, since the feature allows the monitor to match the PS5’s current frame rate output. Players will also encounter a new notification when they download a PS4 game or install it on their PS5, telling them they’ve saved data to their PSN cloud storage. All they have to do to download that data is select the notification.

The update brings improvements to the console’s screen reader as well, giving it the ability to tell users which direction they can move and what their current location is. Gamers can also now update their console’s software wirelessly, and for folks in the US and UK, saving a video of their game is as easy as issuing a voice command. They can simply say: “Hey PlayStation, pick that up!”

Sony just released the beta version of this update in February. PS5 owners will now have to wait for it to arrive on their consoles or check the PlayStation support page for the latest PS5 system software update for more information.

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