In the coming days, PlayStation 5 owners will gain access to the long-awaited variable refresh rate (VRR) feature. This week Sony will begin rolling out a system update that will enable VRR support.
VRR (a feature that has been available on the Xbox Series X/S since the console was launched) can improve visual performance by reducing artifacts such as screen tearing.
Reporting from Engadget (26/4), this is done by matching the refresh rate of a dynamically connected TV or monitor with the PS5’s output. Sony says VRR can help make the gaming experience smoother and reduce input lag.
If the PS5 is connected to the HDMI 2.1 port on a compatible display, VRR will be enabled automatically for supported games. Several titles will receive the VRR optimization update, including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, Astro’s Playroom, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Resident Evil Village, Call of Duty: Vanguard, DIRT 5 and Destiny 2.
A VRR optimization patch may be released for other games in the future. However, Sony says that users can enable VRR for other games.
This might cause some issues depending on the particular title, the TV used, and the game’s graphics settings. Users can enable or disable VRR via the ‘Screen and Video’ option from system settings.