Lots of gamers have purchased new TVs and gaming monitors to enjoy the visual upgrades of the PS5. But the console is missing certain features. Now, Sony has confirmed one of these features will arrive in a future PS5 update.
PS5 owners have a wish list of visual features they hope to see on the PS5. Aside from 1440p, the most sought-after feature is a variable refresh rate (VRR) – something the PS5’s main rival; the Xbox Series X, already has.
VRR is a feature that prevents high frame rate images from stuttering during play, allowing them to render smoothly. For a high frame rate to work effectively on a games console, the console itself, the software, and the device controlling the display (i.e., TV or monitor) need to all work in unison.
While 4K games can run in 30 fps and even 60 fps without the need for VRR in some cases, games that render in 120fps will almost certainly require the feature. If they are to run smoothly on modern consoles.
Digital Foundry found the omission of VRR on PS5 to be a “real disappointment.” They also reported frame rate tearing when playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in 60 fps.
Future PS5 Update To Feature VRR
Sony has responded to this feedback, saying they will address the issue in a future PS5 update.
They posted on a PS5 FAQ blog saying, “After a future system software update, PS5 owners will be able to use the VRR feature of compatible TVs when playing games that support VRR.”
Sony has also confirmed that for a VRR to work, PS5 owners also need to be using a modern 4K TV. One which also features HDMI 2.1 and has a refresh rate of over 120hz.
It’s positive to see Sony taking the feedback on board and actively working to rectify the issue. VRR will make a real difference to frame rate tearing, but if we’re being honest, it should have been possible from day one.
This isn’t the first time Sony has come under fire for the PS5 missing a visual feature. Some PS5 owners are disappointed that the PS5 won’t be able to render imagines in 1440p.
However, Sony has also addressed this issue with a similar response, providing an important update on this missing feature. The PS5 is missing some other elements at launch, but many of them are yet to be addressed by Sony.