It was on our list of 10 things PS5 needs to improve, and it looks like Sony is already poised to respond. An update to the console’s official FAQ, as spotted by ResetEra, reveals that VRR support will be added in a future firmware update. It’s worth remembering that you will need a compatible television to take advantage of this, so do keep that in mind.
“PS5 hardware supports VRR through HDMI 2.1,” the PlayStation Blog explains. “After a future system software update, PS5 owners will be able to use the VRR feature of compatible TVs when playing games that support VRR.”
The language in Sony’s statement has concerned fans a little bit, because it refers to “games that support VRR”, when many wanted this to be a system-wide feature. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that the platform holder had mistakenly lowered expectations with its extremely carefully selected words – after all, we still remember when people thought PS5 backwards compatibility would only support 100 games. Let’s await further information, shall we?
VRR, or Variable Refresh Rate to give it its full title, is a highly anticipated feature because it allows compatible televisions to adjust their refresh rate based on the output of the game, meaning the stutters typically associated with framerate fluctuations can be largely eliminated. Great if you’ve got the requisite hardware!