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The VRR Update for Sony’s A80J and A90J OLED TVs Is Now Available

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VRR, short for variable refresh rate, is undoubtedly one of the most useful features of the latest HDMI 2.1 standard for gamers. Unfortunately, the reputable Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony has struggled mightily with the implementation of this feature in otherwise well-performing TVs like the gorgeous A80J and A90J OLED models. At last, the release of the promised VRR update for these 2021 Sony TV models now appears to be imminent.

VRR, short for variable refresh rate, is undoubtedly one of the most useful features of the latest HDMI 2.1 standard for gamers. Unfortunately, the reputable Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony has struggled mightily with the implementation of this feature in otherwise well-performing TVs like the gorgeous A80J and A90J OLED models. At last, the release of the promised VRR update for these 2021 Sony TV models now appears to be imminent.

According to a tweet by Vincent Teoh, a well-informed UK-based TV reviewer who is mostly known for his YouTube channel HDTVTest, the staggered rollout of said VRR firmware update for Sony’s 2021 models will finally begin in March. This includes TVs like the aforementioned Bravia XR A80J and A90J, but also LED variants like the more affordable X90J as well as the incredibly bright X95J, whose 65-inch variant is still available at a considerable discount on Amazon.

An exact timetable for the release of the VRR update is not available, and it is likely that the timing of the rollout will vary by region. Users of compatible 2021 Sony television sets will be notified automatically when the new firmware becomes available, but a manual check can also be initiated by navigating to Settings > System > About > System software update. Teoh further reiterated that Sony’s upcoming 2022 TV lineup will support VRR at launch, even though there seem to be some conflicting information on this topic.