There’s great news for people who bought one of Sony’s “Perfect for PlayStation 5” LED TVs from 2021 or 2022 and are playing on it using a PS5 or Xbox Series X – now you’ll be able to get both full video quality and VRR (variable refresh rate) at the same time!
Until now, enabling variable refresh rates on Sony’s LED TVs that use its XR cognitive processor disabled the backlight’s localized dimming feature, meaning you didn’t get as good HDR contrast if you activated the VRR. We’ve always ranked some of these TVs among the best gaming TVs because of their other great features, but that was definitely a major frustration.
But now an update is rolling out to affected TVs that fixes this issue, so VRR and local dimming can live in harmony. This affects Sony X90J, Sony X95J and Z9J 8K TVs in 2021 models, and Sony X90K, X95K and Z9K in its 2022 models. The change was spotted by a TV reviewer Vincent Theo (opens in a new tab).
The update seems to be available now, but some TV software upgrades take time to roll out, so check in the settings to see if v6.5929 is already available for you.
Sony has rolled out firmware update v6.5929 to enable local dimming in VRR mode on 2021 (X90J, X95J, Z9J) and 2022 (X90K, X95K, Z9K) BRAVIA XR LED LCD displays, improving performance contrast during VRR games. I don’t have any of these TVs to test, but let me know how you do! pic.twitter.com/NwIFsjGrTOJune 29, 2022
The update does not affect Sony OLED TVs that support VRR, such as the Sony A90J, as they do not use the same type of local dimming technology. It also doesn’t change anything for the Sony X85J and Sony X85K, which also support VRR and use LED backlights, but those don’t have local dimming powered by the XR processor, so it wasn’t a problem there.
Opinion: Sony needs to talk more about its issues
It was odd that this was an issue in the first place, given Sony’s efforts to ensure its own TVs are very tempting to PS5 owners. One of the key features of ‘Perfect for PlayStation 5’ TVs is ‘Auto HDR Tone Mapping’, where the PS5 is able to recognize which Sony TV model you have and adjust its HDR output to get the most out of it. the maximum brightness of your set. and the deepest dark tones.
Around the same time, Sony finally added VRR to the PS5, which means games can have frame rates that move and increase without causing screen tearing, giving more flexibility. to developers.
So for your TV’s specially supported HDR capabilities to be hampered by the other fancy new graphics feature, it felt like a major oversight. We approached Sony at the time to find out if a fix for this issue was on the cards, but Sony declined to comment on any future plans.
This communication has been an ongoing annoyance with Sony TVs and gaming features: at launch the X90J didn’t support VRR, for example, although Sony said it would come. So we waited and waited, but there was no indication of when to expect it, leaving buyers who had bought it assuming the feature would come to wonder if they had been duped. It happened, eventually, of course.
By comparison, LG has commented on feature updates and issues in the past as they occur – although it wasn’t able to give specifics, we’ve seen the company say she was aware of the issues and was working on a fix. It is useful and reassuring!
Sony TVs remain hugely popular, and for good reason – they’re some of the best 4K TVs around. I would happily recommend the X90J as one of the best 120Hz TVs for gamers. And we’re reviewing the new Sony A80K OLED TV, and its performance matches more expensive TVs.
But as TVs depend more and more on updates to add features over time, I think Sony needs to become a little more open to customers.