The PS5’s latest system update has sneakily added support for Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for compatible TVs, which automatically ensures your screen is set to the optimal picture mode. However, you may have noticed that some TV settings are no longer available.
As Vincent Teogh from HDTVTest showed, several TV settings are not accessible or greyed out after installing the latest PS5 system update, meaning you can’t enable certain features such as insert black frame (BFI) or motion smoothing.
The reason is the PS5’s new ALLM support, which forces your TV to use the most optimal picture setting for gaming and disables any video processing settings that could increase input lag.
Unfortunately, however, Sony didn’t include a toggle to enable or disable ALLM like on Xbox Series X | S, which means you’re at the mercy of these new settings, unless you can turn it off through your TV, if possible.
On the LG OLED C9 and LG OLED CX, the solution is relatively simple. Go to your picture settings, click on the additional settings submenu and turn off “Instant Game Response” for the HDMI port the PS5 is connected to. You won’t be able to adjust all the settings, even in Game Mode. This will disable VRR support, but since the PS5 doesn’t yet support variable refresh rates, that’s not an issue at the moment.
If you have an LG OLED C1 or C2, it’s not that simple and there’s one big caveat to keep in mind. Call up the user menu by long pressing the cogwheel button on your remote control and go to the “General” submenu. Click ‘Devices’ > ‘HDMI Settings’ and disable ‘HDMI Deep Color’, which will disable ALLM. However, if you disable HDMI Deep Color, you will lose HDR support and be locked to a maximum frame rate of 60 fps. Barely ideal.
To disable ALLM on Sony TVs, open the settings menu, click “Channels & Inputs”, scroll down and click “External Inputs”. From there, click “HDMI Signal Format”, select the correct HDMI port and change the setting to “Enhanced Format (Dolby Vision)”. Again, this will cap your games at a maximum frame rate of 60fps.
ALLM or nothing
Even though these workarounds will allow you to disable ALLM, they are by no means exact solutions. The real fix will have to come from Sony, which will hopefully add an on/off toggle in a future update, just like we saw on Xbox Series X|S.
The majority of users might not even experience any issues with ALLM, as it is primarily designed to help those who are not comfortable exploring their TV settings to get the best possible experience while gaming. For more advanced users, however, ALLM in its current PS5 implementation is rather restrictive, and the fact that it cannot be disabled without resorting to rather drastic measures is disappointing.
ALLM remains a desirable feature, however, and further aligns the PS5 with the display technology available on Xbox Series X|S. Sony’s console should get VRR support in the coming months, but we’re still keeping our fingers crossed for 1440p support, an option that’s frustratingly frustrating on PS5.