VESA Adaptive-Sync Display CTS 1.1a: Unveiling Dual-Mode Functionality for Gaming Displays

On January 3, 2024, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) shared important news about a big change to their Adaptive-Sync Display Compliance Test Specification (Adaptive-Sync Display CTS).

The VESA Adaptive-Sync Display CTS 1.1a brings a big change to gaming monitors, like the new LG UltraGear™ 32GS95UE OLED gaming monitor. This means a new way of doing things in the world of gaming screens.

This update adds Dual-Mode functionality, which means that displays can now be certified for two different combinations of resolution and refresh rates. Users can easily switch between UHD 240Hz for visually detailed games and FHD 480Hz for fast-paced genres. This provides a versatile and optimized gaming experience.

VESA Adaptive-Sync Display CTS 1.1a
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Key Features of Adaptive-Sync Display CTS 1.1a

1. Dual-Mode Functionality

  • Displays with the right hardware can get certified for two sets of combinations of resolution and refresh rates. For example, they could be certified for scenarios like 4K/144Hz and 1080p/280Hz.
  • Dual-Mode is introduced to meet the growing demand for displays that give users more flexibility in performance, depending on what they prefer or the kind of gaming they’re doing.

2. Overclocking Support

  • Manufacturers can achieve a higher certification for the refresh rate of AdaptiveSync Displays if they support an “overclocked” or faster mode. However, for this mode to qualify, it must support Adaptive-Sync-enabled GPUs in a way that’s not exclusive to a particular brand, and it must pass thorough testing.
  • This overclocking support is designed for enthusiasts who want even better performance from their displays.

3. No Change in Testing Criteria

  • Even though there are important updates, it’s crucial to mention that none of the testing requirements have changed with the Adaptive-Sync Display v1.1a update.
  • All products that passed certification under the previous v1.1 specifications will smoothly transition to being certified under the latest v1.1a update.

Implications for Display Manufacturers


The Dual-Mode functionality brings exciting opportunities for display manufacturers to stand out in a very competitive market. With the flexibility in certification and support for overclocking, manufacturers can customize their displays for specific groups within the gaming community.

Whether they are aiming for optimal performance in competitive eSports or creating a cinematic experience for solo adventures, Dual-Mode gives manufacturers a valuable tool to make their products unique.

Additionally, this optional feature ensures accessibility and future-proofing. It allows a wide range of displays to benefit from the Adaptive-Sync standard without necessarily having to include Dual-Mode functionality.

Industry Response and Support

The Adaptive-Sync Display standard has gained significant recognition across the industry, with over 100 certified products so far. Leading companies like LG Electronics and ASUS are excited about the potential of Dual-Mode technology.

The positive response from these industry leaders highlights the importance of these updates in addressing the changing needs of the gaming community.

Dual Mode Logo and Certification

For displays that can run at various refresh rates when the resolution is lowered, VESA introduces the VESA Certified AdaptiveSync Dual Mode logo. This logo acts as a visual symbol of the display’s capabilities, showing that it is certified for two different speeds and resolutions.

Including this logo helps consumers better understand the display’s features, making it simpler for users to recognize displays that provide a wider range of variable refresh rate performance.

Industry Endorsements

LG Electronics wants to add the Dual Mode feature to its new 32GS95UE OLED gaming monitor.

This decision shows that LG is dedicated to offering a better gaming experience. Their plan is to support both UHD 240Hz for games with great graphics and FHD 480Hz for fast-paced games.

ASUS is excited to reveal new products with dual-mode technology that follows VESA’s updated standard.

More Information

For more detailed information on the Adaptive-Sync Display CTS and the VESA Certified AdaptiveSync Display logo program, interested parties can visit VESA’s official website.

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