Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbar: HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 will Get Next-Gen Gaming Upgrade

Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbars

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If you’re looking for a great Sony Dolby Atmos soundbar, both the Sony HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 are great picks. They take immersive audio delivery to the next level, offering a redefined home theater experience.

In addition to that, they’re great picks for gaming too. But, of course, the soundbars didn’t come with high-end gaming features, such as the VRR and ALLM.

These two might’ve made some gamers look elsewhere. Well, the good news is that Sony plans to upgrade both units.

Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbars
Source: Sony; HT-A5000

The company has officially announced that the two Sony Dolby Atmos soundbars will soon get VRR and ALLM features. This news mightn’t come as a surprise to you.

After all, when Sony released the soundbars, it promised to bring both the gaming-centric features with a future firmware update. And it looks like it’s time for the HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 to receive that much-awaited upgrade.

To be honest, these two Sony Dolby Atmos soundbars offered outstanding gaming performance even without the update. Both came with HDMI 2.1 pass-through, which is capable of handling 4K@120Hz, 8K@60Hz, and Dolby Vision HDR.

Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbars
Source: Sony; HT-A5000

Thanks to the 4K@120Hz support, playing games with PS5 with these soundbars is truly a treat! With Dolby Atmos, both the soundbars offered excellent overall performance.

They deliver rich and robust sound, offering a highly immersive gaming experience. But with ALLM and VRR, Sony will take the gaming experience to the next level.

Don’t know what’s the big deal with ALLM and VRR? With VRR, a soundbar can pass VRR information through the HDMI loop-through system.

Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbars
Source: Sony; HT-A7000

When paired with a VRR-capable TV, you can eliminate the chances of screen tearing when there’s a change in frame rate. This makes low frame-rate gaming feel smoother.

On the other hand, ALLM support means the soundbar will make the console properly communicate with a compatible display. It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing a game or seeing a video.

The ALLM-capable Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbars will automatically engage the display in the fast-response mode where appropriate. In other words, there’ll be no need to tune into your TV’s menu and change it to dedicated game mode.

Sony Dolby Atmos Soundbars
Source: Sony; HT-A7000

With ALLM, the console will do that automatically. It’s a convenient feature that makes gaming with soundbars hassle-free and more enjoyable.

That said, Sony didn’t give any exact date regarding when the update is coming to the two Sony Dolby Atmos soundbars.

But Sony will roll out the update pretty soon. So, make sure to keep an eye out for any update notifications if you’re using the Sony HT-A7000 or HT-A5000.

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