How to enable and adjust 4K resolution on a PlayStation®5 console

How to enable and adjust 4K resolution on a PlayStation®5 console

Find out how to enable 4K resolution and adjust video output settings on your PlayStation®5 consoles.

What is 4K?

4K is almost four times higher definition than standard (1080p HD). Though all PS5™ consoles have 4K and HDR capabilities, availability of image quality depends on your home entertainment set-up.

How to change PS5 resolution

PS5 consoles automatically select the best available resolution. You can change your resolution using the PS5 Video Output settings. 

  • Go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output.

Video Output
View your current settings.

Set the screen resolution.

4K Video Transfer Rate
Adjust the transfer rate for 4K resolution video. If you experience flickering on your screen, try selecting -1 or -2 to limit transfer speed, and possibly improve picture quality.

Turn HDR (high dynamic range) on or off.

Adjust HDR
Enables fine brightness adjustments and optimised HDR rendering.

Deep Colour Output
Enables smooth image rendering.

RGB Range
Change this only when you use an HDMI device that does not send RGB range information correctly.

Adjust the display area on PS5

If the picture on your TV screen looks cut off around the edges, or if you see a black border around the picture, try adjusting the display area:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen and Video > Screen > Adjust Display Area

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Is HDMI 2.1 supported on PS5 consoles?

The PS5 console supports the HDMI 2.1 specification, and it also supports 4K 120 Hz video output. On the other hand, 4K 120 Hz TVs have not yet fully penetrated the market. Sony Interactive Entertainment is working with TV companies to find and solve problems during this transition period, but for the time being, players may experience some issues with 4K 120 Hz.

If you encounter a situation where there is nothing displayed on your TV when the PS5 console is expected to be outputting a 4K 120 Hz signal, or the signal is displayed as 1080p 120 Hz, please consider the following:

  • Does the TV claim to support 4K 120 Hz? 
  • Is the TV using its latest firmware? 
  • Are you using the cable included with the PS5 console or an Ultra High-Speed Cable that is rated for 4K 120 Hz output? 
  • Is the PS5 console directly connected to the TV by HDMI, or to a receiver or other piece of intermediary equipment that could be affecting the signal? 
  • Is the PS5 console connected to an appropriate HDMI port (2.1) on the TV? Check the TV manual for more information. HDMI 2.1 support may require that you change settings via the TV. 
  • Is the PS5 Screen and Video > Video Output > Resolution  set to Auto or 2160p
  • Is the PS5 Screen and Video > Video Output > 4K Video Transfer Rate  set to Auto?

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