The PS5 recently received a major firmware update that added the ability to expand system storage in particular. Currently, some experts say that the new software will also improve the performance of some games.
At the latest Digital Foundry Direct Weekly show, the crew analyzed the differences in PS5 performance between old and new firmware. “In a highly selected scenario, [all] PlayStation 5 is running faster than before with this new firmware, “said Richard Leadbetter of Digital Foundry.
He went on to explain that the performance difference was negligible. With the new firmware, some games, Control and Devil May Cry 5, ran about 2-3% faster than the old firmware. This increased the frame rate by about 1-2 FPS.
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This discovery came about when Digital Foundry was testing a recent PlayStation 5 hardware revision. It features different cooling assemblies, improved stands, and other minor improvements. By the end of the test, they found no meaningful difference between the revised and released version of PS5.
However, during testing, they began to notice that the old PlayStation 5 was working slightly better than the new one. Further investigation revealed that the new hardware was running the old firmware, while the old PS5 was running the updated firmware. After updating all test units to the latest hardware, it is now open to the public, but Digital Foundry has noticed that it was software updates that led to performance changes.
This performance improvement will affect the release version of PS5 and new hardware revisions. Enhanced performance may not be noticeable to the naked eye, but it’s tempting to think about software updates that further optimize console performance.
For more information, check out all the changes made to PlayStation 5 in the latest updates, including expandable storage and improved quality of life. Or check out the Deathloop Review for thoughts on the latest PlayStation 5 masterpieces.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant..