VESA issues AdaptiveSync and MediaSync certifications

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the launch of the first open standard for variable refresh rate (VRR) performance for gaming and media playback, an open standard and certification program for PC monitors and laptop monitors. Its full name is VESA Adaptive-Sync Display Compliance Test Specification (Adaptive-Sync Display CTS), which “provides for a comprehensive and rigorous set of more than 50 test criteria, an automated testing methodology and performance mandates for PC monitors and laptops supporting VESA’s Adaptive-Sync protocols.”

Adaptive-Sync Display CTS has established a set of product certification standards, namely AdaptiveSync Display and MediaSync Display. AdaptiveSync Display is used to measure the high refresh rate and low-latency gaming performance of display devices, while MediaSync Display is aimed at media content in various international broadcast video formats.

For the majority of gamers, gaming monitors certified by AdaptiveSync Display will be targeted in the future. In its certification mark, it includes a value indicating the maximum frame rate achievable by adaptive sync operation when tested at the original resolution at the factory default settings, such as 144, 165, 240, and 360, etc., to divide performance by frame rate. This makes it easier for gamers to identify gaming monitors, and only monitors that pass the Adaptive-Sync Display CTS and VESA DisplayPort compliance tests are eligible for AdaptiveSync Display certification.
Like the AdaptiveSync Display certification, to obtain the MediaSync Display certification, the display device also has to go through relevant compliance tests, but the focus is not on the high frame rate, but on the jitter and flicker problems in media playback. However, unlike the AdaptiveSync Display certification, the MediaSync Display certification has no associated grading.

VESA said its Adaptive-Sync Display CTS and certification program has been in preparation for more than two years, spanning more than 20 VESA member companies in the display ecosystem, covers all aspects of monitors, graphics cards, CPUs, driver panels, monitor drivers, and other components.