Lots of PC gamers will use DisplayPort monitors, but does the PS5 have DisplayPort? Some potential PlayStation players will be keen to use the new console, but perhaps indifferent to the idea of having to fork out for a new monitor, when they already have one that would be perfect. Assuming, that is, that they can use a DisplayPort connection.
If you don't fancy splashing out on a brand-new 4K TV for your PlayStation 5 or, here's everything you need to know about connecting your console to a DisplayPort monitor.
Does the PS5 have DisplayPort?
No, is the answer - the PS5 does not support DisplayPort. The PS5 has a built-in HDMI 2.1 port, regarded as the next-generation connection standard, and superior to the most recent version of DisplayPort.
There are other factors at play as well. The vast majority of PS5 users will connect their console to their television, rather than a monitor. So the cost of including a DP connection on every console, when only a tiny number of players might actually use it, makes it impossible to justify.
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How to use PS5 on DP input
If you are absolutely determined to use a DisplayPort monitor, all is not lost. You can purchase an HDMI to DisplayPort active adapter, which will then allow your PS5 to communicate with your monitor.
The drawback of doing this is that most of these adapters only run HDMI 2.0 to DisplayPort 1.2. This means many of the benefits of the console and the HDMI 2.1 connection are lost.
Perhaps most importantly, your refresh rate will be limited to 60hz as opposed to the 120hz the DisplayPort is capable of. So whether or not you feel it's worth it is up to you.
What is DisplayPort?
DisplayPort is an alternative connection to HDMI. It's designed to perform the same job, namely to allow one cable to transmit audio and video. The input is found on high-end gaming monitors, or along with expensive graphics cards. Many believe it offers superior resolution and refresh rate support, making it very popular for gamers.
So it is reasonable to ask whether the PS5, as the most advanced console generation, has made allowances for this, and included a DisplayPort connection on the console. But, for the reasons we outlined earlier, Sony decided not to include a DP connection on their consoles.
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While this may be disappointing, the fact that you can use an adapter means all is not lost. And maybe you won't need to buy a new screen just yet.
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