How to activate 4k resolution on PS5

How to activate 4k resolution on PS5

Whether you’re gaming or streaming your favorite movies, the PS5’s 4K capabilities can improve your viewing experience tenfold.

If you’re new, 4K (also known as Ultra HD or UHD) is a format that displays roughly four times the number of pixels on a regular HD TV. In other words, it’s incredibly high quality and can give your favorite games and movies a lot more detail.

Both versions of PlayStation 5, Standard and Digital, can play games and stream movies in 4K. The Standard edition can also play 4K Blu-ray discs.

Here’s everything you need to know about 4K on PS5.

The 4K viewing experience on PS5

4K is becoming incredibly popular, thanks to its low cost versus high quality. No matter what you’re playing, 4K will allow you to see more details at a higher resolution, along with better framerates.

However, to take full advantage of 4K, you will need certain equipment. To watch in 4K, you need a 4K TV. You should also make sure you’ve connected your PS5 to your TV using a 4K-ready HDMI port, which may be labeled as such on your device. As for the HDMI cable itself, try to stick with the one that came with your PS5.

If you don’t have the right setup, your PS5 will continue to play in 4K – you won’t be able to see any difference.

How to enable 4k on your PS5

4K should be enabled on your PS5 by default. But if it has been disabled, here’s how to enable it.

1. Turn on your PS5 and click on the icon Settings in the upper right corner.

A PS5 home screen, with the Settings icon in the corner highlighted.

2. Scroll down and select Screen and video .

The PS5 settings screen, with the option "Screen and video" highlighted.

4. Access the tab Video output and select Resolution .

5. A resolution will be set, probably to Automatic . You can force it into 4K by switching to 2160p .

The menu "Video output" on a PS5, with the option "Resolution" highlighted.

6. On the page Screen and video scroll to the tab HDR . This will automatically turn off if your TV cannot support it. If you have 4K features, turn them on to make sure you get the best 4K experience.

The HDR settings menu on a PS5.

How to fix your PS5 if it doesn’t play 4K

If you have the right equipment, your PlayStation 5 should play in 4K. But even so, you can still run into problems.

If you get the message “When viewing 4K HDR content at 60Hz, the color format will be YUV422 or YUV420 instead of RGB due to HDMI 2.0 bit rate limitations”, it is because the HDMI cable does not support 4K HDR. Purchase an appropriate HDMI cable, ideally one capable of carrying at least 48 Gbps.


Some users have experienced crashes and screen blackouts when playing in 4K. This can be solved by returning to the page Video output and setting the 4K video transfer rate on -1 or -2.

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