Adjust 4K resolution on a PS5 console 

How to enable and adjust 4K resolution on a PS5 console

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

How to change PS5 console resolution

Your PS5™ console detects the capabilities of your TV and automatically selects the best available resolution. You can change your resolution using Video Output settings. 

  1. Go to Settings > Screen and Video. 

  2. Select Video Output.

Video Output Information
View your current settings and TV capabilities.

Set the screen resolution.

Test 1440p Output
If your TV supports 1440p output, you can test for SDR/HDR 60 Hz/120 Hz video output. To use 1440p output, set Resolution to 1440p.*

*1440p compatible TV or PC monitor required. Results may vary depending on the game being played. Please note: VRR on PS5 consoles supports 1080p and 4K video output but not 1440p.

Allow the refresh rate to adjust in real time while using TVs and games that support VRR (variable refresh rate). Results vary depending on the TV you're using and if the PS5 game you 'e playing supports VRR. 

PS5™ consoles support VRR through HDMI 2.1. Other display standards such as NVIDIA  G-SYNC® and AMD FreeSync™ are not supported.

Turn on Apply to Unsupported Games to improve video quality for some PS5 games that don't support VRR. If you experience unexpected behaviour while playing games, turn off this setting.

Enable 120 Hz Output
Turn on to enable 120 Hz video output for your TV and games that support 120 Hz frame rate. If you experience video output problems with these games on a monitor or other display device, turn off this setting.

Set auto low latency mode (ALLM) to Automatic or Off.
If you select Automatic, your TV automatically switches to low-latency mode while playing games. If you select Off, ALLM won't be enabled, except when you're using VRR output.

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.

Experience more realistic image detail with an HDR (high dynamic range) TV. If you select Always On, even games and apps that aren't HDR-compatible automatically convert to HDR output. If you select On When Supported, games and apps that aren't HDR-compatible display in SDR (standard dynamic range).

Adjust HDR
Enables fine brightness adjustments and optimized HDR rendering.

Deep Colour Output
Enables smooth image rendering.

RGB Range
Change this only when you use an HDMI device that doesn't send RGB range information correctly.

How to adjust the display area on PS5 consoles

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.

  2. Select Adjust Display Area

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

What is 4K?

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

Is HDMI 2.1 supported on PS5 consoles?

The PS5 console supports the HDMI 2.1 specification, and it also supports 4K 120Hz video output. As this emerging technology isn’t fully supported in the market, Sony Interactive Entertainment is working with TV manufacturers to improve performance and bring the best experience to console users. During this transition period, you may experience some issues with 4K 120 Hz.

If you encounter a situation where there’s 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?

Is auto low latency mode supported on PS5 consoles?

When you connect your PS5 console using an HDMI cable, the console sends an ALLM signal to the output device. If your TV supports this mode, ALLM is set to Automatic, and your output device starts in Low Latency Mode. 

  • You can adjust ALLM by going to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > ALLM.

  • ALLM can be turned OFF when VRR is not enabled.

  • The latest system software is required for ALLM.  

  • Please note, your PS5 console doesn’t send an ALLM signal when a media app is running.  

  • Please check the manual of your TV to see if ALLM is supported. For more information, please contact the manufacturer.

Do all TVs with HDMI 2.1 have ALLM?
No, please check the instruction manual that came with the display device to check if it supports ALLM.

What cable is needed for PS5 consoles to use ALLM? 
The HDMI cable included with the PS5 console is recommended. Otherwise, an Ultra-High-Speed HDMI Cable that supports HDMI 2.1 should support ALLM.

What HDMI port do I need to use on my TV?
If there is an HDMI port that supports HDMI 2.1, please use it to connect your PS5 console.

Having issues?

If you are having resolution issues, please visit the PlayStation Repairs diagnostic tool for further steps and to arrange a repair. 

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