If you own a PS5 and a Sony TV, make sure to update your TV today

Ratchet and Clank being played on a Sony TV.
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Here’s a quick PSA: if you own a Sony TV from the last two years, you might want to check for an update when you have a chance today. Sony’s latest software patch impacts the Sony X90J, X95J and Z9J from 2021 as well as the new X90K, X95K and Z9K from 2022. It's a huge update, especially if you’re a PS5 owner. 

What the software update aims to fix is a problem that Sony TVs have when connected to a PS5 that disabled the backlight's local dimming function if variable refresh rate (VRR) was on. That caused a noticeable drop in HDR performance compared to the TV’s other modes.

The fix has been in the works for a few months now and was first spotted by hdtvtest’s Vincent Teoh, who put out a call on Twitter to see if readers could detail their experiences with the latest patch.

That being said, if you own a Sony OLED or one of the lower-end Sony X85J/X85K models, you won’t be impacted by the update, as they use either a different display technology or a different processor than last year’s X90J and X95J models. 

Here’s why you want VRR 

Variable refresh rate allows the console’s frame rate to sync up with the television’s refresh rate, preventing screen tearing. At higher refresh rates, games will look significantly smoother and that’s one of the big selling points for the new game consoles.

Until now, however, you’ve had to take a hit in visual performance with VRR — an awful situation that put gamers between a rock and a hard place since April of this year when Sony officially enabled VRR on its TVs.

Thankfully, Sony learned from its mistake and plans on launching its new series of gaming monitors — the Inzone M9 — with G-Sync and VRR support right out of the gate. That, according to our review, makes it "great for PC and PS5 games" alike. 

Looking for the best gaming TVs for PS5 and Xbox Series X? Check out the Sony A90J, LG C1 OLED and Samsung QN90A.

Nick Pino
Managing Editor, TV and AV

Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.