Finally, the VRR update for PS5 is rolling out globally. VRR is a very big deal for gamers, and given that Sony promised it on the actual PS5 packaging, its delivery is long overdue. However, better late than never.
VRR, short for Variable Refresh Rate, improves your gaming experience by seamlessly changing the frame rate without causing visual issues, such as screen tearing: If the frame rate of your TV and your console does not match, you may get jerky effect and weird screen splitting. With VRR, the console tells the TV which refresh rate to use to prevent this from happening.
That’s the good news. Now for the bad. Your TV must have HDMI 2.1 ports or Sony’s implementation of VRR won’t work, and right now these ports tend to be limited to the best gaming monitors, top gaming TVs and some 4K TVs affordable. But if your TV has the right ports, VRR will make your gaming experience much smoother and eliminate screen irritation.
Although Sony’s VRR will work with any game – once you have the software update go to Settings > Screen & Video > Video Output and toggle Apply to Unsupported Games – some games have been specifically optimized to take full advantage of VRR, consistently delivering the highest possible resolution in every scene. And the list of VRR optimized PS5 games includes some of my favorites.
Which PS5 games have been optimized for VRR?
The games optimized for VRR are:
• Astro’s playroom
• Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
• Call of Duty: Vanguard
• 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 Wonderland
• Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
• Tribes of Midgard
I’ll be honest: screen tearing hasn’t been an issue for me in mild games like Astro’s Playroom. But screen tearing is far more likely in fast-paced, action-packed, and often very intense titles such as the brilliant Miles Morales, old favorite Destiny 2, and Dirt 5, so if you’re having trouble with those games , the VRR update will make you very happy.
While most of the attention on VRR has been on gaming, it’s worth mentioning that something similar to screen tearing can be an issue with other TV hardware: my Apple TV 4K had very bad shaking on some of its tv streaming apps until i went into the system settings and matched it to the refresh rate of my samsung tv.