The HTML5 is Sony’s next-generation gaming console. It is still difficult to find, due to stock shortages and pandemics, but many gamers were able to secure one.
The PS5 offers a new level of gaming excellence due to its HDMI 2.1 port. What do you need to know to make the most of the best TVs and the PS5’s HDMI capabilities?
The PS5 can output at 60fps, and supports games that are running at 60 fps or 120fps. It is not capable of producing games at 1440p resolution, at least not yet.
The PlayStation 5 has an HDMI 2.0 connection. This allows next-generation consoles to support a higher frame rates up to 120 frames per second (fps), which is much higher than the 60fps or 30fps frame rates on the previous generation.
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HDMI 2.1 allows for higher frame rates and can also transfer 4K or 8K images to your TV from your new console (if your TV can support these resolutions). However, 8K gameplay will only be available at 60 frames per second.
Some HTML5 games offer different options to achieve higher graphic fidelity and faster frame rates. This means that you can play in 4K at 60fps and in HD at 120fps. However, the parameters will differ between games.
This guide will help you understand the HDMI connections to your PS5. We will help you sort through the details and explain the most important things to you in order to get the most out of your new console.
What’s inside the box for PS5 cables and ports?
Sony’s PlayStation 5 is shipped with an HDMI 2.1 port and a matching cable right out of the box.
It is important to remember that your TV’s capabilities will limit you. Your TV’s capabilities will limit your ability to play PS5 games at 4K resolutions. An 8K TV is required for 8K gameplay. However, there aren’t any 8K PS5 titles in the near future, so that’s another problem.
HDMI 2.1 cables work in HDMI 2.0 ports. However, you can still plug your PS5 into a regular HDMI port to get a picture onscreen.
The PS5 does not support 1440p which is the resolution of many gaming monitors or projectors. It seems more likely that the graphics will default to 1080p. This means that the PS5 won’t get the full benefit of a 1440p resolution monitor.
HDMI 2.1 vs HDMI 2.
Simply put, HDMI standards allow for different data rates, so audio and video quality can vary between them.
It is also very noticeable the difference between HDMI 2.0 (or 2.1). A PS5 game running at 4K at 60fps (or120fps) will look great compared to 4K playing at 30fps.
You can increase the frame rate by dropping the resolution. For example, HD at 120Hz and 4K at 60fps. However, this can vary from one game to the next.
HDMI 2.1 eliminates this barrier. You can now play Ultra HD video and still have smooth frame rates.
HDMI support for PS5
As mentioned, the HDMI 2.1 standard is used by the PS5’s HDMI port and cable. This means that data can be transferred much faster than regular HDMI ports.
This means that the PS5’s HDMI 2.1 has a bandwidth capacity of 48Gbps. That is nearly three times the bandwidth of a 2.0b.
This allows it to support both 8K video at 60fps or 4K video between 60 and 120fps, depending on what game you are playing.
Let’s use Spider-Man Miles Morales on PS5 for an example. If your TV has an HDMI port, the game will run at 4K/60fps.
You will be able to see the gameplay in 4K on a 4K television with an HDMI 2.0b port, but it has a limit of 18 GB per second. Thus, you can see the gameplay in 4K but it will only run at 30 frames per second.
Simply put, a PS5 connected to an HDMI 2.1 port on a TV should give you the best results, without having to compromise frame rate or graphic quality. However, just because the console is capable of 4K at 60fps does not mean that your TV can.
HDMI support for TVs
Unless your CRT is from the late 1990s, there’s a good chance that your TV has an HDMI port.
Important to remember that although the new consoles use HDMI 2.0 as their connection, this doesn’t necessarily mean your TV must support HDMI 2.1.
Only the most recent TVs and monitors with HDMI 2.0 compatibility are being shipped. They are very expensive and difficult to find. All 8K TV ships with the latest HDMI standard. This support is different for 4K TVs. Each Samsung QLED television in 2020 has one HDMI 2.1 port. New LG OLED TVs have four HDMI 2.1 ports.
Full HD TVs/monitors can play games at 60fps or 120fps depending on the refresh rate.
Here’s a good example: Monster Hunter: World on PS4 vs. the PS5. Performance is not dependent on the HDMI cable, but on your TV’s refresh rate.
You can play Monster Hunter World on a Full HD TV with a refresh rate 60Hz.
You won’t be able to achieve 60fps if you play it on the same TV with a current-gen PS4 Pro or PS4 Pro. This is because the console isn’t powerful enough. The HDMI port and cable will not matter in this instance.
Modern TVs and monitors that run in Full HD (1080p), are equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port. This means you can enjoy PS5 games in stunning quality, and at 60 and 120 frames per second, depending on your TV’s settings.
The choice is yours – better visuals or higher frame rates. It all comes down to this.
You will get the best 4K gaming experience with your next-gen console if it supports HDMI 2.1.