Or is it just one of Phil's balls in my throat?
We've had plenty of threads on GSYNC in particular - heralded as a "god-tier" upgrade. VRR is a massive upgrade, and I recommend everyone getting on that bandwagon if they haven't already.
To address the obvious: we're likely seeing VRR talked about more now because it's no longer the exclusive realm of the expensive PC enthusiast market. This isn't some console warning "gotcha", it's simple numbers. High quality Freesync-supported monitors are readily available and very cheap, and a mainstream console now supports VRR. Add the two together and it means more people than ever have access to the technology. Hence, it being talked about more. Plug your Xbox Series X into a half-decent monitor and you're off to the VRR races. When the PS5 adds support for the feature, I suspect we'll see another solid uptick in the discussion - not because "muh console war", but because more people will simply be using it.
Very well put.