Beta testers will be able to join Discord voice calls from a PS5 console in the US, Canada, Japan, and the UK starting today. The integration allows PS5 owners to join Discord calls by linking accounts and then using the Discord mobile app to transfer the calls to the PS5. Sony is also adding variable refresh rate support for 1440p, as well as various improvements to the panel.
Discord voice integration on the PS5 appears to be similar to how Microsoft originally rolled out Discord support on the Xbox. Sony says you’ll need to “use the Discord app on your mobile device or PC to access Discord voice chat on your PS5 console,” meaning you won’t be able to directly access Discord servers on PS5 without a mobile to use the device. or your PC to transfer the call.
Hopefully Sony will improve this soon, as Microsoft improved its Discord integration for Xbox in November, allowing Xbox owners to join voice channels directly from the console without using a phone or computer.
Along with support for Discord, the PS5 will also get variable refresh rate support for 1440p resolution. This means compatible HDMI 2.1 displays can enable VRR at 1440p to enjoy smoother visual performance in games.
Sony is also making some improvements to the social aspects of the screen sharing feature and party chats on the PS5 console, and even adds new “friends playing” so you can see which friends are currently playing.
While the PS app currently supports automatic uploading of screenshots or gameplay videos, soon you’ll be able to manually upload in-game images. Sony is also making PS4 save data easier to access on the PS5, meaning newer games can load older PS4 save data. There’s also a new option to transfer PS5 data and games from one console to another using a local Wi-Fi or LAN connection.
Sony is releasing this new beta software to testers today, and we’ll likely see it available on all PS5 consoles in the coming months.