Sony's latest PS5 update allows users to disable ALLM

Mike Wheatley

Sony has announced a new PlayStation 5 system update that allows users to disable auto low latency mode.


Once the update has been installed, users will be able to disable ALLM on the PS5 if they would rather use their own, customized picture settings.

The PS5 console gained ALLM earlier in the year through a highly-anticipated update. ALLM is a key feature of next-generation consoles that enables a smoother, lag-free gaming experience when playing games with higher frame rates. It helps to remove the jitters and bugs that sometimes occur with fast-paced games when there’s lots happening on screen.

The feature is often compared to Variable Refresh Rate, which enables gamers with a compatible HDMI 2.1 display to take advantage of reduced frame drops and input lag. However, the main difference is that ALLM works on all kinds of TV, not only those with HDMI 2.1. Users can still use VRR on non-HDMI 2.1 displays, but they often experience visual bugs when doing so.

As such, ALLM can be an excellent feature in some games, especially highly responsive multiplayer games where every split second counts.

However, as welcome as the recent update was, some PS5 gamers complained that the introduction of ALLM locks the TV into its Game Mode, meaning that many other picture settings cannot be accessed. Not surprisingly then, it was a big source of frustration for gamers who like to finely tune their experience.

Thankfully, those users can now disable ALLM if they prefer. To access the ALLM settings, head over to the “Screen and Video” menu in the PS5 settings. From there, select the “Video Output” option that contains the ALLM settings. Users will see a new “Automatic” option that allows ALLM to switch on automatically when the TV detects a game is playing. This option can now be switched “Off”. If users select this setting, ALLM will only enable itself when VRR is also switched on.

Sony said the system update is available to download on your PS5 console now.