Invitations for the new PlayStation beta have gone out, and allow users to test a new PS4 supersampling mode.
The beta invitations for the PS4 supersampling, coming with update 5.50, have gone out and reveal that the new graphics mode will be part of the new firmware. According to the description of the update, it will allow players to “improve the image quality of some games on a TV with 2K resolution or lower.” It is noted, however, that the results of the adjustment will vary from game to game, and even warns that the “frame rate might change.” if you’re willing to risk a reduction in frame rate for better graphics, the PS4 supersampling mode might be worth a try. Because switching back is a relatively painless process, there’s no reason to not give PS4 supersampling a go once it receives its public release.
The Supersampling mode text is included below, courtesy of PlayStation Lifestyle:
“Supersampling Mode can improve the image quality of some games on a TV with 2K resolution or lower.
Results may differ depending on the games. In some games, image quality may not improve, or the frame rate may change.”
However, if you aren’t already signed up for the PS4 5.50 beta test, you won’t be able to see these beta features until release. The signups for the beta lasted until January 23. The fine print regarding the issue from Sony Europe further explains the fact.
“Please enter the details below for your chance to join the System Software Beta.
Please note that completing this enrollment form does not guarantee a place on the System Software Beta. Invitations are at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe’s (SIEE’s) discretion. Unless you are successful, we will not contact you regarding System Software Beta. By completing this form you agree to the Private Beta Trial Agreement.
Future System Software Enrollment
If you’d like to be considered for all of our System Software Betas, in addition to completing enrolment for this System Software Beta, please also complete the general enrolment form below. We don’t guarantee you’ll always be selected but, any time you are successful, we will send you an email to let you know you made it onto the beta and how to access it.”
Other details on what may be coming with the PS4 supersampling update will be forthcoming, but at least those of us with lower quality TVs may see a bit of a graphics bump in our favorite games. It remains to be seen how well the system will handle the update as far as frame rates go, but we anticipate that the PS4 Pro will have an easier time with PS4 supersampling than the base PlayStation. Still, even users of the original model should see a bump in quality after the release of the upcoming PlayStation update. We’ll have to wait until more people have gotten their hands on the beta in order to fully understand how well the PS4 supersampling feature works.