New PS5 update arrives this week – and it’s the one we’ve been waiting for

A new firmware update coming to PS5 this week will introduce variable refresh rate (VRR, for short) to the game console, Sony announced today.

The firmware update is global and may not arrive immediately for everyone, but it has started rolling out and should land on your console soon. The long-awaited feature is high on the PS5 wishlist, especially when the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have both long since adopted it. Rumors of the PS5 VRR have been circulating for some time, and it was only recently confirmed that the console will actually be getting it.

Want to better understand why you care about the whole PS5 VRR thing, certainly a confusing topic? In short, VRR is a common feature of the best TVs. While it’s not the only thing it does, the feature primarily helps with screen tearing, where your TV’s image refresh rate isn’t in sync with the game you’re playing. . With the PS5 VRR update, your TV display will be synchronized with the console output to prevent any screen tearing while avoiding dragging down your performance.

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That’s not all VRR can do, though: it will also help with other common issues, especially in games with stutters or framerate drops. Any games that do heavy graphics work, like Elden Ring, will get a bigger boost.

But to get the most out of this help, games will need to be optimized for VRR. Luckily, Sony has already announced a fairly large selection that is confirmed to be receiving them in the coming weeks:

  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Destiny 2
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
  • DIRT 5
  • Godfall
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village
  • The wonders of Tiny Tina
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Tribes of Midgard
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Insomniac Games has already announced that their VRR support would arrive this week, which means Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be among the first to receive patches. It also means Insomniac’s next sequel, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Marvel’s Wolverine, will support it.

If you want a better view than this brief overview, our ‘What is VRR?’ breaks down everything you need to know about display technology.

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