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Sony started rolling out its PlayStation 5 / PlayStation 4 system software updates today, and it includes Variable Refresh Rate for PS5 on HDMI 2.1-compatible TVs as well as PC monitors. On the PS5 side of things, you’ll notice some UI enhancements to Game Base and Trophy cards, while players with accounts registered to the U.S. or U.K. will be able to try out a Voice Command (Preview) feature to find / open games, apps, settings, as well as control media playback. Read more for a video showing how to set up VRR.
Now the most anticipated feature is Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), where on HDMI 2.1-compatible TVs and PC monitors, the technology dynamically syncs the refresh rate of the display to the PS5 console’s graphical output. This results in minimal to zero visual artifacts, like frame pacing issues and screen tearing. You’ll instantly feel that many PS5 titles just look smoother as scenes render instantly, graphics look crisper, and input lag is reduced. Older PS5 titles can also be fully optimized for VRR via a game patch and future games may include support at launch.
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As an added option, you can also choose to apply VRR to PS5 games that don’t support it. This feature may improve video quality for some games. If this results in any unexpected visual effects, you can turn off this option at any time. Both VRR and this secondary option can be turned on or off,” said Sony.