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.

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.

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 are 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 do not support VRR. If you experience unexpected behavior while playing games, turn off this setting.

Turn HDR (high dynamic range) on or off.

Adjust HDR
Enables fine brightness adjustments and optimized HDR rendering.

Deep Color 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

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 set-up.

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 120Hz.

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

  • Does the TV claim to support 4K 120Hz? 
  • 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 120Hz 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?

ALLM stands for Auto Low Latency Mode. When you connect your PS5 console using an HDMI cable, the console sends an ALLM signal to the output device. If your TV is able to support this mode, ALLM is enabled, and your output device starts in Low Latency Mode. 

  • 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.

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