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How to turn on Variable Refresh Rate for PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition

Sony has finally added Variable Refresh Rate to the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. Enabling this very helpful feature can be somewhat confusing, however.

If you can’t find the VRR settings in the system menus, then you can take a look at this troubleshooting guide at Seeking Tech.

Where is the Variable Refresh Rate setting on PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition

In order to find the Variable Refresh Rate setting on your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, you need to do the following:

  • From the home screen, which is the menu where you can select which videogame to play, head into Settings by selecting the gear icon on the top right side of the screen.
  • Inside of Settings, select Screen and Video.
  • In the Screen and Video menu, you need to select Video Output on the left side.
  • Afterwards, you should find the Variable Refresh Rate setting on the right side of the same menu. The VRR setting should be in between the 4K Video Transfer Rate and HDR settings.
  • Keep in mind that VRR will still appear in the system menus even if your television set or monitor don’t support the feature.

What to do if the VRR setting is missing on PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition

If the Variable Refresh Rate setting does not appear in the system menus of your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, then you can try doing the following:

1. Sony stealthily added Variable Refresh Rate in a recent firmware update. So, if you haven’t updated your PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition system in a long time, then you can do so by taking the following steps:

  • Turn on your console and then make sure that it is connected online to the PlayStation Network.
  • If you didn’t get a prompt to download and install the new firmware immediately, then you need to go to Settings. In order to do so, select the gear icon from the home screen.
  • From the Settings menu, select System.
  • In the System menu, select System Software on the left side and then System Software Update and Settings on the right side in the same screen.
  • Next, you need to select update System Software.
  • You then need to select Update Using Internet.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.

2. If the firmware of your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition system is up to date but the Variable Refresh Rate is still not appearing, then make sure that your console is connected to the PlayStation Network.

3. If your console is connected to the PSN, then you can try restarting to see if VRR will show up.

4. Moreover, you can turn off your game system and then turn it back on again to see if doing so will fix the missing VRR issue.

4. You can also try opening a game or media app. Afterwards, press and hold the PS button to go to the home menu. You can then go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output to see if the VRR setting is now available.

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