Sony has confirmed that it will bring Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support to the PlayStation 5 in the future via a system software update.
The news comes from an updated system FAQ on the official PlayStation Blog (via VGC) in which Sony confirms that “PS5 hardware supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) via HDMI 2.1.”, Adding that “after a future system software update, PS5 owners will be able to use VRR function of compatible TVs when playing games that support VRR. “
VRR is a pretty desirable feature, especially for next-gen consoles with high frame rates, as it essentially allows a TV to adjust its refresh rate in real time to match the frame rate output by the computer. console. The benefit of this is that it should effectively eliminate stuttering and screen tearing caused by fluctuating frame rates for an even smoother gaming experience.
Bringing VRR to the PS5 isn’t an afterthought on Sony’s part – when the console’s official specifications were revealed, it was confirmed that VRR would be supported “specified by HDMI ver.2.1”. So while it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t available on day one, it’s good to know it’s coming.
Sony hasn’t said exactly when the software update that will enable VRR will arrive, but it seems likely that it won’t want to wait too long, especially since the feature is already supported on Xbox consoles, including including the new Xbox Series X.
The start of 2021 might be a welcome time as we begin to approach a time when we are more likely to see new PS5 games coming out that may want to take advantage of this feature. Of course, as Sony notes in its FAQs, using VRR will require a compatible TV and the games themselves will need to support it as well.
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