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PlayStation 5 to finally receive HDMI 2.1 VRR support as Sony releases updates for the PS4 and PS5

Sony has started rolling out significant software updates for the PS4 and PS5. (Image source: Sony)
Sony has started rolling out significant software updates for the PS4 and PS5. (Image source: Sony)
It has taken Sony a while, but it has confirmed that VRR will be available via HDMI 2.1 on the PlayStation 5. Variable Refresh Rate will be available system-wide, so existing games will not need updating. Sony's VRR announcement comes as the company has released a new update for the PS4 and the PS5.

Sony has announced by way of a blog post that the PlayStation 5 will finally support variable frame rates, a feature missing since the console's launch. Slated to arrive 'in the coming months', Sony will implement the feature using VRR, which requires you to own a HDMI 2.1-compatible TV and a corresponding HDMI cable.

Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Sony hopes that VRR will eliminate or reduce frame-pacing issues when gaming and will have a similar effect on image tearing. Theoretically, VRR should reduce input delay and even improve in-game sharpness. You can read more about HDMI VRR on the HDMI Licensing Administrator's website.

(Image source: Sony)
(Image source: Sony)

Sony adds that full VRR support will arrive through individual game patches distributed by developers. However, you should be able to enable VRR for older games that are no longer supported, although it is unclear whether they will support all of Sony's touted features. Thankfully, the PlayStation 5 will have a menu setting to disable VRR at any time if you come across any issues.

In the meantime, Sony has released firmware updates for the PlayStation 5 and its predecessor. In the same blog post, Sony states that it has introduced UI enhancements to the PS5's Game Base and Trophy cards, while also adding mono audio for headphones. Moreover, the company is rolling out updated PS App and PS Remote Play mobile apps. You can find the full changes for both consoles in Sony's blog post.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-03-23 (Update: 2022-03-23)