PS5 VRR Increases FPS In Certain Games! Learn More Here

PlayStation 5 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) testing shows certain games undergo massive gains in Frame Per Second (FPS). PS5 VRR technology tests on Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank exhibit that it can take full advantage of HDMI VRR capable displays while playing PS5 titles.

The proof of Sony’s VRR for PS5 comes courtesy of YouTuber El Analista De Bits, who demonstrated how the new feature works. From what we see in the video shared below, the unlocked variable refresh rate enables improvements in FPS, at least in certain games.

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For instance, Insomniac’s Marvel Spider-Man Remastered achieves 96 FPS in RT Performance Mode (rendered at dynamic 1440P resolution). Not only that, even in Fidelity Mode running at 4K resolution, there is a noticeable augmentation from the locked 30 FPS to an unlocked 50-59 FPS ending up in a whole lot smoother playing experience.

However, the follow-up title Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales displays only a modest boost, notching up to around 70 FPS with RT Performance Mode (1440P) or the unlocked frame rate in Performance Mode (dynamic 2160P). This deterioration in Spider-Man, initially designed for the PlayStation 4, is likely the result of enriched texture details of the game putting PS5 hardware under the extra workload.

On the other hand, another PS5 exclusive Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart also attains appreciable frame rate improvement with the updated PS5 VRR, reaching up to unlocked 110 FPS in RT Performance Mode. Whereas Fidelity Mode also gets frame per second uplift, cracking up to 60 FPS from the previous 30 FPS, it mostly floats around 50 FPS. One thing to note is that Ratchet & Clank is not an open-world game, so it lags Spider-Man: Miles Morales in terms of performance without the PS5 VRR enabled.

Moreover, Resident Evil Village is still stuck at 60 frames per second for unknown reasons. That said, El Analista De Bits notes that stuttering reduces with a variable refresh rate.

However, Devil May Cry V Special Edition offers a perfect illustration of PS5 VRR capabilities. The RT Graphics Mode at 1440P reaches up to 80 FPS, albeit with lower averages, while RT Performance Mode at 1080P touches 120 FPS in some instances.

Currently, PS5 VRR functions system-wide on unsupported games, such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Fortnite. But, as HDTVTest’s Vicent Teoh shows both games top off at 60 frames per second, which stops short of fully benefiting from variable refresh rate. We hope Epic Games and CD Projekt RED will allow players to unlock higher frame rates in upcoming updates.