Variable Refresh Rate — VRR for short — has been a much-wanted feature for many PlayStation 5 users since the console's launch. The good news is that it's finally happening; Sony has announced that VRR support will arrive via a PS5 update this week. A handful of games will be updated specifically to take advantage of the feature, including Insomniac Games titles. You will be able to toggle an option to apply it in "unsupported" games, too.
With that in mind, Sony says that the following games are being updated "in the coming weeks":
- 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
It should be reiterated that you can still enable VRR for all of your games though the PS5's system settings — it's just that the patches for the listed releases will allow for "the best experience with VRR". In the case of Insomniac Games' titles, that means higher dynamic resolutions and even uncapped framerates.
Of course, if you run into any issues in unsupported games, then you can simply disable VRR in your console's settings, as shown below:
If you're sat there wondering what VRR actually is, here's a brief explanation from the official PlayStation Blog: "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 seamlessly, graphics look crisper, and input lag is reduced."
Basically, VRR can make your games perform better — but you'll need to make sure that you have an HDMI 2.1 VRR-compatible TV or PC monitor for it to work (see: Best 4K TVs for PS5 in 2022).
Sony also stresses that enabling VRR does not guarantee a boost in performance — not unless the game has received a specific patch, as mentioned above.
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