Sony pushes variable refresh rate to PS5 this week

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Sony has a new software update in the works, giving PS5 owners access to a variable refresh rate (VRR) option. The new option and support will be rolled out globally starting this week.

Owners of HDMI 2.1 VRR-compatible televisions and monitors can enable the new technology to dynamically synchronize the display’s refresh rate with the PS5’s graphics output. This works toward eliminating visual artifacts and screen tearing, leading to better visual performance. The optimal experience is much smoother gameplay, sharper graphics, and reduced input lag.

Sony has a list of the first fourteen games guaranteed to receive patches to enable VRR. They are:

Astro’s PlayroomCall of Duty: VanguardCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarDestiny 2Devil May Cry 5 Special EditionDIRT 5GodfallMarvel’s Spider-Man RemasteredMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartResident Evil VillageTiny Tina’s WonderlandsTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

These are just the first confirmed recipients. All PS5 games already released can be fully optimized for VRR via a game patch. All upcoming games may include VRR support at launch.

How to use

Once the update is pushed, the VRR option will be enabled automatically if your PS5 is connected to one of the aforementioned screens. You just need to make sure to download and install the update first. To disable it, all you need to do is go to the Screens & Video page in the system settings.

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You can also switch between applying VRR to games that are not currently supported. The results may vary. If only it were as easy to get a PS5 as it was to mess with this new feature.

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