Ben Borthwick by on Mar 23, 2022

PlayStation 5 will be getting Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) in a future system software update

PlayStation has announced that the PlayStation 5 will get Variable Refresh Rate (or VRR) functionality in a future system update.

The news came as the company detailed today’s system update for the PS4 and PS5 on the PlayStation Blog. As a quick explainer, VRR allows the console to dynamically adjust its refresh rate when connected to a HDMI 2.1-compatible display. This should make games look better by smoothing out visuals, and helps prevent artefacts like screen tearing.  Previously released games can take advantage with a patch, and games going forward should support the feature at launch.

When it arrives, players will also be able to turn on the feature manually for games without official support. Currently a specific date hasn’t been set for the PlayStation 5 VRR update, but players can expect it “in the months ahead”. PlayStation have said they’ll offer up more details and an initial list games getting patches to support VRR in due course.

In the meantime, a separate system update has gone live today for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. As previously revealed during its beta launch, this update includes new features like the ability to create Open parties. There’s also UI enhancements and the ability to control your PlayStation 5 console with your voice. Finally, the PlayStation App also gets a refresh, to bring the UI closer in line to the PlayStation 5. You can check out the full update notes over here.


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