PlayStation 5 gets VRR support

Sony’s PlayStation finally embraces on-screen display advancements after announcing the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support feature arriving on the PS5. 

PlayStation 5 VRR support, a much-requested feature for Sony’s newest gaming console ever since it launched back in November 2020, was first teased by the gaming mogul last month; but a blog posted last week finally broke the news that it will now be available to a handful of games in the coming weeks. 

“Today, we’re excited to announce that Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support will start rolling out globally to PS5 players this week,” Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Senior Vice President Hideaki Nishino said in the blog post last April 25. “On HDMI 2.1 VRR-compatible TVs and PC monitors, VRR dynamically syncs the refresh rate of the display to the PS5 console’s graphical output.”

VRR is majorly used to allow smoother display gaming experience. It prevents screen tearing which occurs when a monitor’s image refresh rate is out of sync with the frame rate of the game being played. On-screen, it is distinguished when one or more parts of an image splits. (Read: PlayStation reveals GamePass competitor)

PlayStation 5 VRR adds another feature to Sony’s console which already comes with premium features such as the 120Hz video output support and adaptive triggers of the console’s DualSense controllers. Syncing the TV’s display to the device’s graphical output “enhances visual performance for PS5 games by minimizing or eliminating visual artifacts, such as frame pacing issues and screen tearing.”

As of writing, only 15 titles will receive game patches compatible with the VRR support through console update which will insert a new setting in the Screen and Video option of the Video Output system settings. According to Nishino, the games are as follows:

  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Deathloop
  • Destiny 2
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
  • DIRT 5
  • Godfall
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tribes of Midgard

According to Nishino, other previously released PS5 titles will likely receive the same patch in order for it to have VRR. For future games, however, VRR support may already be included prior to launch.

“VRR will arrive globally through a PS5 console update over the next few days (make sure you are connected to the internet to receive the update),” he said. “Once you’ve received the update, VRR will automatically be enabled for supported games if your PS5 console is connected to an HDMI 2.1 VRR-compatible TV or PC monitor. You can also turn it off under “Screen and Video” in system settings.”

Once the console is updated, users have an added option to also apply the VRR to PS5 games that are not compatible with the tool but may vary on the TV or monitor being used.

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