Sony Electronics this week issued an over-the-air (OTA) firmware update for a trio of select Sony home theater audio products bringing more immersive gaming experiences and enhanced functionality when paired with a compatible gaming device.

The update will enable popular advanced gaming features including Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for enhanced gaming that will be automatically engaged to deliver smooth gaming without frame tearing and other distractions.
• Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) supports more responsive gameplay by automatically switching to low latency mode in conjunction with the output of the video source. ALLM support enables ALLM compatible displays connected to the soundbar to automatically switch in and out of the fast-response Game preset.
• Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) is a video transmission mode that can display images smoothly by adjusting the refresh rate to match the frame rate of the video source. VRR information will pass through the soundbar and allow the connected screen to change its frame rates in sync with a VRR compatible source, enabling smoother gameplay without stuttering delays or screen tearing.

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In revealing the update, Sony is also announcing that models remaining in inventory are being offered large promotional savings.

The updated models include the following:

The Sony HT-A9 high-performance home theater system — currently available for a discounted $1,499.99 (a $500 savings).

The Sony HT-A7000 7.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos Soundbar — currently available for a discounted $999.99 (a$400 savings).

The Sony HT-A5000 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos Soundbar — currently available for a discounted $799.99 (a $200 savings).

Sony said the firmware download will install automatically in the targeted products (first launched in 2021) when set to receive automatic updates.

For products that have auto updates turned off, users can go to the settings menu, check for updates and initiate the update installation manually.

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By Greg Tarr

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