Sony hands out free frames in PS5 firmware update


Sony recently released a new firmware update for both the 1000 series and 1100 series PS5s. This update can, in certain cases, give you a little extra performance. Not a whole lot though, we’re talking about a few percentage points here which can translate to about 2-3fps. Still, they’re frames you didn’t have before.

If you didn’t know, earlier this month, the PS5 received a hardware revision that changed the cooling system a little but functions more or less the same as the launch consoles. The launch consoles have the model number CFI-1000 and the revised consoles are labelled CFI-1100, hence the 1000 series and 1100 series talk.

The more PS5s change, the more they stay the same

The folks at Gamers Nexus and Digital Foundry did a pretty in-depth comparison between the two versions and came to the conclusion that it isn’t really worth pursuing one version of the console over another (if you can find stock of either of them).

Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter ran a series of benchmarking tests using Control Ultimate Edition and Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition. He pitted a previous version of the PS5’s firmware against the updated version. He used Control’s photo mode which unlocks the usually capped framerate and DMC5SE cut scenes and measured framerates on both systems.

In these specific tests, Leadbetter reported a 1-3 percent improvement with the updated firmware. Taking into account the 1 percent margin of error we’re not talking about a lot of performance at all.

Whether that is the case in any other PS5 titles or not requires more testing. But for a possible extra frame or two, it’s really not worth the trouble. Still downloading the update when you’re not busy on your console doesn’t hurt either and Sony has probably included other things in it so you might as well.

Source: Ars Technica


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