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Yes, the PS5 has 4k - here's what you'll need to play games and stream movies in the highest resolution possible

Ron Lyons, Jr.   

Yes, the PS5 has 4k - here's what you'll need to play games and stream movies in the highest resolution possible
  • All versions of the PS5 have 4K, meaning that you can play both games and videos in an incredibly high resolution.
  • 4K should be enabled automatically, but if it's not, you can enable it through the "Screen and Video" menu.
  • You'll need a 4K television or monitor and a high-quality HDMI cable to use 4K on your PS5.

Whether you're gaming or streaming your favorite series, the PS5's 4K features can enhance your viewing experience tenfold.

If you're new to it, 4K (also known as Ultra HD) is a format that shows about four times as many pixels as a regular HD television. In other words, it's incredibly high quality, and can give your favorite games and movies much more detail.

Both versions of the PlayStation 5 - the 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 the PS5.

The PS5 4K Viewing Experience

4K is becoming incredibly popular, due to its low cost compared to how high quality it is. No matter what you're playing, 4K will let you see more detail in a higher resolution, along with better framerates.

However, to take full advantage of 4K, you'll need more equipment. Watching in 4K will require you to have a 4K television. You should also make sure you've connected your PS5 to the TV using a 4K-ready HDMI port, which may be labeled as such on your device. As for the HDMI cord itself, try to stick to the one that came with your PS5.

If you don't have the right setup, your PS5 will still play in 4K - you just 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's been turned off, here's how to enable it.

1. Turn on your PS5.

2. On the home screen, next to your profile icon in the top-right corner, click on the "Settings" cogwheel.

3. Scroll down to "Screen and Video."

4. Enter the "Video Output" tab and select "Resolution."

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

6. On the "Screen and Video" page, scroll to the HDR tab. This will automatically be off if your TV can't support it. If you have 4K capabilities, toggle it on to ensure you're getting the best 4K experience.

Tip: If your TV or monitor isn't 4K, and you try to turn it on, a pop-up will appear saying, "Your TV doesn't support HDR."

Troubleshooting 4K on your PS5

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

If you get the message, "When displaying 4K HDR content at 60 Hz, the color format will be YUV422 or YUV420 instead of RGB due to HDMI 2.0 transfer speed limitations," it's because your HDMI cord doesn't support 4K HDR. Purchase a proper HDMI cord, ideally an HDMI cable that can carry 48 Gbps.

Some users have experienced crashes and screen blackouts while playing in 4K. This can be fixed by going back to the Video Output page, and turning the "4K Video Transfer Rate" to -1 or -2.

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