In the latest PlayStation blog post, Sony announced that a new update is currently being rolled out today that focuses on new party chat options and improved UI features (full details on the software update here). With the announcement though comes another bit of news that will sure interest a lot of the next-gen console owners.
In the coming months, you can expect another update which will now give the option for PlayStation 5 users to enable Variable Refresh Rate. This will mean that, if you have the TV that supports the VRR function, you can expect a much more smoother and immersive gameplay experience without any screen tearing.
From Sony’s blog post:
We’re also pleased to share that Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) is planned to release on PS5 in the coming months. On HDMI 2.1-compatible TVs and PC monitors, VRR dynamically syncs the refresh rate of the display to the PS5 console’s graphical output. This enhances visual performance for PS5 games by minimizing or eliminating visual artifacts, such as frame pacing issues and screen tearing. Gameplay in many PS5 titles feels smoother as scenes render instantly, graphics look crisper, and input lag is reduced. Previously released PS5 games can be fully optimized for VRR through a game patch and future games may include VRR support at launch.
As an added option, you can also choose to apply VRR to PS5 games that don’t support it. This feature may improve video quality for some games. If this results in any unexpected visual effects, you can turn off this option at any time. Both VRR and this secondary option can be turned on or off.
Please note that results may vary depending on the TV you’re using and game you’re playing. As we get closer to the feature’s release, we’ll share more details, including some of the games that will enable VRR support through a game patch.
This is certainly some great news moving forward for the console! And a highly requested and anticipated one at that! Personally for me, this might be the best time to check out some 2021 TV models on sale that support Variable Refresh Rate so I’ll be ready when that PS5 update comes.