VESA standard could replace AMD and Nvidia Adaptive Sync labels


The Video Electronics Standards Association has created a new ‘VESA certified’ adaptive sync standard, and it may replace the Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync branding on gaming monitors. The organization claims the new certification is the first “open source industry standard” for visual displays and says the logo will help the variable refresh display reveal “what’s really inside”.

The new adaptive sync standard has its own dedicated site Which lists the specifications, certified products and performance criteria. If you’re nerdy for the best gaming monitor, the new page has plenty to sink your teeth into, including maximum and minimum refresh rate categories, Flickr refresh rate tests, and frame-to-frame jitter duration metrics.

Of course, VESA’s Adaptive-Sync label aims to make things less complicated by pairing specific displays with specific expectations. The strict nature of the new standard means it could replace the Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync brandings down the line, especially since the two are now mostly cross-compatible. That said, VESA’s FAQ states that the program “makes no restrictions on the use of additional logos and certification of other programs,” so we’ll probably see all three technical labels listed together.

VESA divides its Adaptive-Sync display certification into two tiers — Adaptive-Sync and MediaSync. The organization says the former is specifically “optimized for gaming,” while the latter caters to video production and playback. Ultimately, the integration of variable refresh technology should make pairing your gaming PC with a gaming monitor even easier, while allowing the best graphics cards to boost FPS without being bothered by screen bursts.

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