If you’ve ever experienced video lag or latency on your Xbox One or Playstation, whether it be due to video settings or a bad HDMI cable, you know how frustrating this can be.
In April 2018, Microsoft released an update enabling Auto Low Latency Mode, also known as ‘ALLM’. Available only on the Xbox One X and with compatible audio and video hardware, this new performance setting helps deliver a better, lag-free gaming experience by auto-selecting the proper low latency modes throughout your home theatre setup.
Gamers will no longer need to hunt through console, TV, and receiver menus to get the best, low latency experience. The Xbox One X Auto Low Latency Mode will take care of it for you.
And with the recent release of the Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft has promised an even more comprehensive and thought out approach to minimizing input lag and latency for early adopters gamers with advanced hardware.
Let’s learn how to enable ALLM to help reduce input lag and improve video latency on your Xbox One X.
How to Enable Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
In order to take advantage of Auto Low Latency Mode on the Xbox One X, you’ll need compatible video and audio hardware, which is most importantly an HDMI 2.1 Enabled TV, like the LG C9 OLED 4K TV.
Unfortunately, the options are limited, but if you do happen to have an HDMI 2.1 enabled TV, enabling ALLM is easy.
If your hardware setup does not support ALLM mode, the associated checkbox in the Video Modes system menu will be greyed out, such as in the picture above. (Note: The monitor used to edit these captures is not 4k)
Here are the steps you need to take to enable auto low latency mode on your Xbox One X:Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content
- Power on your Xbox One X
- Press the Xbox Home button on your controller to bring up the Xbox home menu
- Navigate to Settings > TV & Display Options
- Scroll to the right and select Video Modes
- Select the ‘Allow auto low-latency mode’ checkbox
Note: this will not be available for devices that are not compatible with HDMI 2.1)
Auto low-latency mode (ALLM) will now be enabled.
What is your experience with ALLM?
Although we haven’t spent a lot of time truly testing the experience of ALLM with the proper hardware, we’re excited to see what new video technologies and updates bring to the console.
So far, it looks like individuals have had issues with ALLM while both the ALLM and VRR (Variable Refresh Rates) settings are enabled. With a limited audience of gamers using these higher-end AV settings, it’s difficult to tell if it’s just a coincidence or truly a bug with these specific settings.
Hardware specific settings like ALLM and VRR are part of a larger upgrade towards better video and audio experiences on the Xbox One consoles. Together with HDMI 2.1, these technologies are going to make for an even more immersive and in-depth gaming experience for those gamers who are willing to shell out the extra money for compatible AV hardware.
Have you noticed a difference in your video quality and latency after enabling ALLM in the Xbox One X video settings? We would love to hear about it in the comments below. If you have any more questions, you can also reach out to us on our Contact page. Game on!