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Variable Refresh Rate ‘VRR’ Arrives on PS5 This Week

Sony is (finally) releasing VRR this week for PS5. The feature, which was originally meant to release by the end of 2021, will allow gamers to enjoy smoother visuals across supported games on supported TVs. VRR stands for Variable Refresh Rate. It is the technology that dynamically syncs the refresh rate of the display to the GPU reducing visual artefacts such as frame pacing, screen tearing and input lag.

PC gamers are no strangers to VRR. In addition, Xbox console owners have been enjoying VRR since the Xbox One X. However, Sony’s VRR implementation has been a long time coming. It also doesn’t help that the company’s Bravia TV range has been trickling out VRR updates for users for over 18 months now.

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According to the PlayStation Blog, when VRR arrives on the PS5 this week, previously-released games can be fully optimized for the technology through a game update. This means games need to be patched to support VRR on the PS5 and it won’t just work out of the gate.

Sony says that in the coming weeks, the following games will receive VRR updates for the PS5:

  • 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

Of course, as time goes by developers will continue to add support to older games.

You will need a compatible HDMI 2.1 monitor or TV in order to take advantage of VRR on the PS5. Once connected and set to the correct signal output, you can enable VRR through the Screen and Video settings on the console.

Sony says it is best to leave VRR enabled at all times. This is thanks to the ability to apply VRR to PS5 games that don’t support the technology just yet. The company says unpatched games may benefit from improved video quality. However, this experience may differ from game to game so if you have issues, disable the option when launching that game.

We don’t know exactly what day the VRR for the PS5 update is expected to release but Sony says “this week” so stay tuned for more.

Source: PS Blog 

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