PS5 visual output: Will you need a 4K TV for PS5, or will a HDMI 1080p connection be enough for the PlayStation 5? Will the PS5 run in 60 FPS or 120 FPS?

If you’re wondering whether a 4K TV is essential to enjoying a PS5, here’s everything you need to know.

by Jason Coles
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Will you need a 4K TV for PS5, or will HDMI connection into a 1080p HD TV be enough for the PlayStation 5?

This is exactly the kind of question that you might be asking yourself at the moment, especially now that pre-orders have finally begun for the PS5: you can click here to see the official Amazon product page for the Standard Edition console, or here for the Digital Edition console.

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Whichever version you get, the PS5 is a monstrously powerful console, with the kind of specs that used to be reserved for the highest-end PCs, not a home console.

As such, it comes equipped with a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive and will be able to do 4K with a vast array of other visual flourishes that help games look better than they ever have. Even the Share Factory video editing tool allows you to render 4K videos.

It’s the kind of thing that sounds like a dream come true. You can be whisked away on clouds of fluffy visuals, drenched in fantastic-looking rain, and cook in-game food that looks so good you can almost taste it. Then you realise you don’t own a 4K TV.

So, will you need a 4K TV for PS5, or will your old CRT be good enough?

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Will I need a 4K TV for PS5?

Obviously, the CRT won’t be able to handle the PS5, so, don’t use that. The good news is that you won’t need a 4K TV to use a PS5 – the chances are your current TV will do just fine.

The main thing to look out for is the HDMI connection. The Xbox One uses the HDMI2.1, and while Sony hasn’t said what they’ll be using, it would be odd for it not to be something similar.

Now, TVs that have HDMI 2.1 are still very high-end, so that would be a cause for concern were it not for the backwards compatibility of the technology. As long as your TV has an HDMI 2.0b connection, then it should be fine for PS5.

If you’ve got a Full HD TV with 1080p resolution, and somewhere to stick a HDMI cable, we imagine you’ll be just fine and don’t need to upgrade. But you won’t be seeing the graphics in their full glory!

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Should I get a 4K TV for PS5?

This is the bigger question, and the answer is entirely down to your circumstances. You’ll be able to notice a visual improvement whether on a 2.0b or a 2.1 connection, so you’re always going to see some impressive changes.

To fully enjoy the power of the PS5 you’d need a 4K TV, but the difference is only going to be visual, so it’s not an essential purchase. If you feel like splashing out and you can afford then go for it, but don’t feel like you need to at all. We’ve got a rundown of the best TVs to buy for PS5 right here, if you are tempted to upgrade.

It might be worth waiting for 8K if you really want to see the difference. But yeah, don’t expect the PS5 to take a SCART lead, but otherwise, you should be fine if you have a relatively modern telly.

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Rumours that the PS5 won’t run in 4K DEBUNKED

Rumours that suggest the PS5 runs in ‘fake 4K’ started doing the rounds on the internet in mid-August after a ResetEra moderator claimed Resident Evil 8 was having problems running in true 4K. According to this individual, the developers instead utilised ‘checkerboarding’ to give the illusion of 4K as the console struggled to support 4K.

However, the development team at Quantum Error quickly debunked this rumour, clarifying the game runs in 4K at well over 60 FPS.

According to this Twitter thread, the Resetera mod has since been removed as a moderator.

Will the PS5 Digital Edition run in 4K?

Unlike the rumoured Xbox Series S, there is no difference in power between the Standard and Digital Editions of the PS5.

This means that you will be able to run the Digital Edition at whatever resolution you would normally run a PlayStation 5!

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Will PS5 games run in 4K at 60 FPS?

Many in the gaming community believe that next-gen developers are prioritising 4K visuals over FPS and performance, but as Insomniac has now shown, games can run in 4K at 60 FPS on the PS5.

Insomniac revealed in a tweet that their upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be playable in 4K at 60 FPS in an optional Performance Mode.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales will also include a ‘Fidelity Mode’ that will also run in 4K, but at 30 FPS. To make up for this reduced FPS, however, Miles Morales’ Fidelity Mode will utilise ray tracing technology and other visual enhancements to make the game appear even better when it launches on November 12.

We’re hoping that more developers include this option, as a smoother frame rate makes playing games so much more enjoyable!

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Will the PS5 support 120 FPS?

While a stable 60 FPS would mark a significant improvement to console gaming, PC setups can easily reach 120 FPS, leading to many gamers requesting an even better frame rate on their next-gen consoles.

At the moment, only one PlayStation 5 game, Dirt 5, has confirmed that it is capable of 120 FPS, although we expect more games to announce 120 FPS support closer to their release.

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Sony BRAVIA TVs are ‘ready for PlayStation 5’

Sony has announced a line of BRAVIA TVs that, in partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) are ‘ready for PlayStation 5’.

With these TVs, the PS5 can run in 4K at up to 120FPS, as well as supporting 8K should that come to the PS5 in the future.

However, the assertion these TVs have unique/exclusive features for the PS5 because they are made by Sony is more of a marketing gimmick, with all 4K compatible TVs, so long as they have a high refresh rate, can run at the same levels.

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PS5 pre-orders have opened!

Whether or not you decide to buy a telly, this won’t really matter unless you have secured your PS5 console. As promised, PS5 pre-orders began on 17th September 2020, with retailers around the world scrambling to get their product pages online – and customers racing to place orders before stocks ran out.

A day later, on 18th September, the UK retailer Argos started listing PS5 consoles as well: you can click here to view the product range from Argos, but it looks like the stock is selling out as quickly as it goes up.

For fans in the UK, the retailer Curry’s is one place that seemed to have stock recently: you can click right here to go to the Curry’s PS5 page, but again, it looks like their stock is coming and going very fast.

Things are not looking good at Amazon right now: at the time of this sentence being written, the Amazon product page for the PS5 Standard Edition in the UK says ‘Currently Unavailable’, which means the first wave of stock may have run out. You can click here to check the Amazon page, though – it might have updated since we wrote this.

The PS5 Digital Edition also seems to be out of stock at Amazon – you can click here to check out the product page for that one.

There is also a whole family of official PS5 products, from headsets to charging stations, which are available to order now – you can click here to check out the range, if they’re still in stock.

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Jason Coles