Samsung has released a software update for a number of its 2018 QLED TVs that enables the FreeSync adaptive frame synchronization technology.
FreeSync is available on the Q6FN, Q7FN, Q8FN, Q9FN, and NU8000. The FreeSync option has been added to the TVs’ game mode in the settings menu.
It means that AMD graphics-equipped PC or an Xbox One S or X owners can take advantage of its ability to eliminate screen tearing during times where the system struggles to meet the maximum refresh rate of the display.
FreeSync was typically found only on monitors before now, popular display review site Rtings recently spotted that support was included with the Samsung’s latest firmware update, 1103, which began rolling out on May 21.
Our 2018 @Samsung QLEDs (Q6FN, Q7FN, Q8FN and Q9FN) and NU8000 have received firmware update 1103, which adds a freesync option in the game mode menu. We are currently testing it and should have results soon.
— Rtings (@rtingsdotcom) May 23, 2018
Once you’ve updated the firmware, you’ll need to head into the TV’s settings menu, followed by General, External Device Manager, Game Mode Settings and ultimately, select “FreeSync.” Set it to “On.” Options include “Ultimate,” which has a range of 48-120Hz, while “Basic,” supports 90-120Hz.
The company does warn that the mode isn’t necessarily perfect and there may be some noticeable discrepancies with brightness during FreeSync operation due to frequency variation. It also highlights that at this time, the only resolution supported for FreeSync is 1080P.
What is Frame synchronization?
It is something that PC gamers have contended with for years, with V-Sync being the classic option for preventing the tearing that often occurs when the frames per second your graphics card is able to pump out doesn’t match the refresh rate of your display.
G-Sync and FreeSync are more modern alternatives with far less of a performance overhead and as support grows on consoles and TVs, more gamers than ever can reap the benefits.