This important Xbox Series X capability is being added to the PS5.
PS5 owners will soon be able to play games with a variable refresh rate (VRR) thanks to a PlayStation Blog announcement. Global deployment of the functionality was announced earlier this year and is now complete.
Allows the display to be “dynamically synced to the PS5’s graphical output.” With VVR, your screen may change how frequently it refreshes graphics to match the frame rate coming from your console, which is essentially what it does. As a result, unlocked frame rate games perform more smoothly, with fewer graphics glitches like screen tearing.
To utilise VVR, you’ll need a TV with HDMI 2.1 and a feature that supports VVR. It’s good to know that most newer TVs and monitors have these features built in, but if you’re using an older model, you’ll want to check first. Nearly every one of the TVs in our list is VVR and HDMI 2.1 compatible, making them ideal if you’re shopping for a new one to make the most of your PlayStation 5.
Unfortunately, not all of the presently available PS5 games will support this update. The creators of each game must apply a patch to enable VRR support in that game. In the meanwhile, Sony has stated that the first set of PS5 titles to get VVR-enablement updates in the “coming weeks” include:
- Astro’s Playroom
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Destiny 2
- Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
- DIRT 5
- 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
The fact that “these are only a handful of the PS5 games gaining VRR support” as noted by Sony suggests that this list will expand in the future. Even still, don’t hold your breath waiting for the functionality to roll out to all of the finest PS5 titles. At the absolute least, we would want to see it become a standard feature in most next-generation games.
While the addition of VVR compatibility to the PS5 isn’t a game-changing visual boost, it does move the console closer to its competition. In 2018, the nine-year-old Xbox One acquired VVR, which was previously only available on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Thanks to technologies like AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, PC gamers have had access to VVR for years.