Published On: August 4, 2023

Sony's Soundbars Receive Major Gaming Upgrade with VRR and ALLM Support

Published On: August 4, 2023
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Sony's Soundbars Receive Major Gaming Upgrade with VRR and ALLM Support

Sony's HT-A5000 and HT-A7000 soundbars get VRR and ALLM support to elevate gaming performance

Sony's Soundbars Receive Major Gaming Upgrade with VRR and ALLM Support

By Author: Nemanja Grbic
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Sony has unveiled plans to enhance its popular soundbars, the HT-A5000 and HT-A7000, with advanced gaming features that should elevate the gaming experience for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners. This much-anticipated upgrade brings Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) support to these high-performance audio devices.

The HT-A5000 and HT-A7000 soundbars, which were initially released in 2022 and 2021 respectively, have already made their mark by offering the unique ability to pass through 4K video at 120Hz, providing gamers with an exceptional visual experience. However, the addition of VRR and ALLM support takes their gaming capabilities to a whole new level.

VRR and ALLM are features that align with the capabilities of next-generation consoles, aiming to eliminate lag and optimize responsiveness. VRR, in particular, reduces lag and stuttering, ensuring smooth visuals even during graphically intense scenes, while ALLM readies the TV's gaming mode for rapid response times by disabling certain processing functions.

The upcoming addition of VRR and ALLM support significantly bolsters the appeal of these soundbars to the gaming community. Many modern TVs offer just a couple of HDMI 2.1 ports equipped with VRR and ALLM, leaving only one port available for connecting external devices such as a soundbar. 

The innovative HDMI passthrough feature in the Sony soundbars addresses this issue by allowing gamers to connect a secondary console to the soundbar without compromising performance or losing an essential HDMI 2.1 port.

Dolby Atmos, known for its captivating three-dimensional audio experience, is another highlight of the Sony soundbars. Initially exclusive to Xbox Series X games, Dolby Atmos is making its way to PlayStation 5 titles through a new beta software update. This means that gamers can now savor immersive 3D soundscapes on both major gaming consoles when coupled with the Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars.

The combination of VRR, ALLM, and Dolby Atmos support positions the Sony HT-A5000 and HT-A7000 soundbars as compelling options for the modern gamer. Their adaptability and compatibility with gaming TVs make them an attractive choice for those aiming to elevate their gaming setups. 

While an exact release date for these updates has not been provided, the imminent introduction of these features is anticipated to bring an improved level of fluidity and responsiveness to the gaming experience.

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