The PS5 supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), but not a lot of people understand what this feature truly means or does. This is why we’ve created this short and informative tech guide to help you understand the benefits of turning this feature ON.
VRR is a feature that helps minimize screen tears in games that have unstable FPS by matching the CPU frame rate with the monitor’s frame refresh rate by using FreeSync , AdaptiveSync, or G-Sync. You need a VRR-supporting monitor and an HDMI 2.1 cable for the PS5 to use it.
Let’s take a detailed look at the feature and discuss all the requirements needed to make it work on the PlayStation 5.
Using VRR on the PS5
As mentioned above, VRR stands for Variable Refresh Rate and is a feature intended to reduce screen tearing in games that have variable frame rates. Screen tearing is caused when your game’s frame rate and TV’s frame refresh rate are out of sync.
VRR allows the display and CPU’s frame rates to be matched. Thus, removing inconsistent jagged edges from the image. Many new titles, such as Spiderman 2, are coming out with proper VRR support that lets the console push higher frame rates while retaining good image quality.
The console also allows you to turn on VRR for unsupported games. However it might not be great for every game as they won’t be able to utilize it properly.
To turn on VRR:
- Go into the PS5’s Settings.
- Head down to Screen and Video.
- Set VRR to Automatic (If your monitor supports it)
- You can also toggle the Apple to Unsupported Games option if you want VRR to be implemented in some capacity for older/unsupported games.
To use VRR, you will need a monitor that supports this feature and an HDMI 2.1 cable. (The one that comes with the PS5 will work just fine). We suggest keeping VRR on if you have an appropriate monitor for it. It will make FPS gaming a lot smoother for you on the PS5 with less jagged edges.
That should explain the basics of the VRR feature in the PS5. You should keep it set to Automatic. Keep visiting WIG if you want to learn more fun stuff, such as improving your controller’s battery timing and more!