This simple change will upgrade your PS5 HDR experience – and it only takes a second
When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here’s how it works.
(Image credit: Sony / Guerrilla Games / Warner Bros. Games)
Get the T3 newsletter!
All the best features, news, tips and great deals to help you live a better life through technology
Thank you for signing up to T3. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
When you connect your PS5 to one of the best TVs – or even my more modest Samsung TV – and play in HDR the results can be stunning; I often paused Horizon: Forbidden West to gasp at the graphics. But it seems that if like me you just went with Sony’s instructions for calibrating your console’s HDR output, you could be getting a less than perfect HDR experience.
That’s according to Slashgear, who point out that each HDR TV has a different maximum output. That means it’s easy to under-optimise your console’s display settings, delivering brightness and black levels that are fine for many TVs but not necessarily the best for yours. The good news is that it’s a really simple fix.
Provided your TV supports HDR10, HDR10+ or Dolby Vision, your PS5 can deliver beautiful HDR visuals. And to get the most of it, you go into your PS5’s Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output. Look for the Adjust HDR menu.
The next step feels odd: don’t do what Sony tells you to do. When it tells you to keep pressing the D-Pad upwards until the grey sun is only just visible, keep going until it disappears completely. And in the next screen, keep pressing until the grey sun disappears altogether.
And that’s it: you should now benefit from the deepest possible black levels and the brightest possible colours from your HDR TV. It’s worth going into your TV settings too: the different modes in my Samsung TV make enormous differences to the picture, sometimes by over-processing things, by making the backlight a bit bright or by making the colours just a bit much. It’s definitely worth spending a bit of time in the settings to get the picture to look exactly how you want it.
All the best features, news, tips and great deals to help you live a better life through technology
Contact me with news and offers from other Future brandsReceive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors
Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com).
How to Get HDR Working on PlayStation 5
While TV manufacturers love to plaster the 4K banner all over their advertisements, HDR (High Dynamic Range) is arguably a more exciting development in picture quality, creating detailed shadows, punchy highlights, and vivid colors. Like the PlayStation 4 Pro, Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 supports gaming in HDR for a picture that really pops—provided you set it up correctly.
Unfortunately, HDR can be finicky. Sometimes it appears to work fine, but you run into audio problems when it’s enabled, or see digital “snow” in the picture. Other times, your PS5 may revert to a standard picture even when connected to an HDR TV. Here are a few things you can try to get everything working properly.
Check Your Connections
The PlayStation 5 will attempt to enable HDR automatically if it detects that your TV supports it. However, that depends on everything being hooked up correctly in the first place.
First, use the HDMI cable that came with your console. Older, “Standard” HDMI cables may be enough for watching SDR movies at 1080p, but when you bump up to 4K HDR games at higher framerates, you need more bandwidth. If you ever lose your PS5 cable (or need an extra), make sure you buy one labeled “Ultra High Speed” or “48Gbps”—I’m currently using inexpensive ones from Cable Matters(Opens in a new window) with good results.
In addition, make sure your PS5 is connected to the right ports on your TV, receiver, and/or soundbar. If you’re plugging it directly into your TV, check your TV’s manual to make sure you’re connected to a port that can handle 4K HDR at 60Hz (some TVs only allow it on one or two ports). Any port labeled “HDMI 2.1” will offer some extra gaming features, so you’ll want to use that option.
If you’re using a receiver or soundbar, make sure they’re capable of passing a 4K, HDR, 120Hz signal. If it isn’t, you may need to connect the PS5 directly to the TV and run audio from the TV to your receiver or soundbar using HDMI ARC or an Optical cable.
Tweak Your TV Settings
Next, you’ll want to double-check your TV’s picture settings, as they may not be ready for the PS5’s capabilities out of the box. In particular, many HDR TVs have a setting called “HDMI Deep Color,” “HDMI Enhanced,” or something similar, that you may need to turn on for HDR to work properly.
You’ll often find this in your TV’s Input Settings, but check your TV’s manual to see where exactly it is on your model. (Check your receiver, too—my Pioneer receiver required a weird, hidden combination of button presses to turn the feature on.)
Other TVs may have different settings that need to be tweaked—some owners of TCL TVs, for example, found they needed to set the PS4 Pro’s input to HDMI 2.0 Mode(Opens in a new window) for things to work properly, and the PS5 may have similar quirks on some TV models.
I would also recommend—though this is completely optional—putting your TV in the Movie, Cinema, or Calibrated picture mode for best results. You may have to do this after starting an HDR game, as some TVs use different presets for SDR and HDR modes.
The Standard and Vivid modes that come with most TVs don’t use accurate colors, and thus won’t look as true-to-life in your games. Cinema mode may not look as punchy in comparison, but it’s actually the most accurate setting out of the box. Just give yourself time to get used to how it looks.
You probably don’t even want to adjust the settings within Cinema mode, since the default Contrast and Backlight settings are usually set optimally for HDR in this mode. Be sure to turn on things like Local Dimming for those deep blacks, though, and Game Mode to reduce input lag. You also want to enable HGIG Mode, if your TV has it, to achieve the best possible HDR image.
If all of the above things are set properly, your PS5 should output HDR, and your TV will let you know by showing an HDR logo in the corner when you start it up (or when you hit the Info button on your remote). If you run into issues, though, there are a few settings on the PS5 you can change.
Recommended by Our Editors
First Look: Unboxing the Sony PlayStation 5
Don’t Start Over: How to Transfer PS4 Games and Save Data to a PlayStation 5
How to Capture and Share Screenshots or Video Clips on the PlayStation 5
Head to Settings > Screen and Video on your PS5 and look at the options under the Video Output tab. Set to Automatic, most of these should work, but if not, try bumping the Resolution or 4K Video Transfer Rate settings down a notch. If that solves the problem, your TV, receiver, or cable may not be capable of the bandwidth required by the PS5 for those settings.
(Note: if changing these settings results in a black screen, turn your PS5 off and boot it into Safe Mode by holding the power button down for two beeps. You can then reset the resolution to bring the picture back.)
If you want to check whether the PS5 is outputting HDR correctly, many TV remotes have an Info button that will bring up a bar along the top of the screen showing the current resolution, framerate, and whether you’re getting an SDR or HDR signal. This can vary from TV to TV (my Vizio TV doesn’t show framerate, but my Samsung does), though most should have something in this realm.
Run the PS5’s HDR Calibration
Finally, your PS5 will need to be calibrated for HDR. This is important, because not every TV can reproduce those bright highlights and deep blacks with the same intensity, so your PS5 needs to know what your TV is capable of—how bright it can get and how dark it can get—in order to produce the best-looking image.
The PS5 will likely run this tool when you first set it up, but if you’ve tweaked any of the above settings, it’s probably a good idea to run it again and calibrate to your TV’s current settings. Head to Settings > Screen and Video and select Adjust HDR. Follow the instructions on screen—scroll through the levels until the image disappears, then knock it back one notch—you want it to be as barely visible as possible for ideal results.
In theory, this setting should apply system-wide, but some PS4 Pro games had their own calibration tools built-in. So if your game has its own calibration wizard, be sure to run that as well and follow the instructions closely, especially if you ever change your TV’s settings.
Which PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Games Should You Play First?: A Look Back at Launch Lineups
Like What You’re Reading?
Sign up for Tips & Tricks newsletter for expert advice to get the most out of your technology.
Thanks for signing up!
Your subscription has been confirmed. Keep an eye on your inbox!
Sign up for other newsletters
Proper HDR setting on PS5, as well as “Game” setting guide for SONY XH90/X900H TV – PlayStation on DTF
In fact, what pleases me most about this model is its “accuracy” in the settings that are preset from the factory, unlike LG and SAMSUNG . And it’s not for nothing that this TV is designed specifically for the Playstation 5, because they are almost perfect. But still there is something to change so that you enjoy HDR gaming with better color reproduction
THIS IS RIGHT NOW
Before we start adjusting HDR on the console, first we need to set up the TV for the Playstation
SONY XH90/X900H SETUP
Open the menu and press “External Inputs”
Go to “HDMI Signal Format” and turn HDMI4 to “Advanced Format”. It is here that it is better to connect the PS5, because HDMI3, which is also an HDMI 2.1 format like HDMI4, is more intended for connecting soundbars and an av-receiver
with this setting we activate support for 4k and VRR (veariable refresh rate) – variable frame rate
We return to the main menu and set the settings in the tabs “Basic” and “Brightness”
this way we get the right black that will preserve the details, as well as a better setting for the maximum peak brightness
Next, go to “Color” and set the settings
thanks to these settings we will have the most accurate transfer of the white balance d65 curve point and the correct color gamut
Now select Sharpness and set the values as shown
Next, go to the “Movement” tab and turn everything off
Then select “Video signal” and set everything as shown below
Now go to the settings on the Playstation 5 console itself
PS5 HDR SETUP
Open the menu, go to “Screen and Video” and leave all the values \u200b\u200b”Automatic” by default. Next, go to “HDR Adjustment”. Before us opens the same menu where we configure total , peak and minimum brightness to display the picture correctly
thus we save the correct color space settings when outputting a signal
And here is the very moment that this TV stands out for – we just stick to the settings according to the guide HGiG , because its dynamic processing of tones already from the factory corresponds to the tonality according to the classification of displays maximum total and peak brightness curve 1000 cd/m²
1/3. we set the value of the total maximum brightness of 100% of the window display to “barely visible” and press “brighter” once, to make the image disappear . We get 976 cd/m² (second image), which is the correct brightness value
2/3. repeat the same with a maximum of peak brightness at 10% window display, because total=peak .
3/3. at this stage, and it is the last one, we adjust the minimum brightness of 10% of the display of the black depth window. Press “darker” until the very end, and then press “brighter” once
recommended black according to the HGiG guide for this type of display
P.S: And here, in fact, the source itself
Also pay attention to this channel. There are a lot of interesting things. Who did not know about his existence, and if you did, then listen to this person. He is prof. your business. And that’s a fact
See you in the gaming world🤘🏼 PSN: sin_Hogar
HDR is an important technology offered by the PS5™ system. With HDR, you can experience more vibrant colors in your video games and enjoy the visual spectacle made possible by the PS5™’s incredible graphics performance.
To get the most out of this technology, you need to set HDR to match the monitor you are using. In this article, we’ll explain what HDR is on PS5™ and how to set it up for the best results. Check How to prevent PS5 from overheating.
What is HDR on PS5?
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a technology that makes images on screen brighter. HDR expands the dynamic range, making whites and darks brighter and colors more saturated, among other things. All these settings result in a brighter image on the screen.
HDR provides higher contrast or a wider range of colors and brightness than Standard Dynamic Range (SDR).
While the PS5™ supports HDR, it’s not the only piece of hardware you need to bring vivid visuals to your video games. The screen you are playing on (TV or monitor) must also support HDR. These components need to work together to provide the best results, which is why you should adjust your HDR settings on your PS5™.
How to set up HDR on PS5 for best results
You can adjust your HDR settings from the Settings page on PS5™. Sony has provided instructions on how to get the best results, but we recommend experimenting to find what works best for you.
- On the PS5™ system, go to the PSXNUMX™ system. Settings .
- Go to screen and video .
- B Video output Scroll down to the Color section.
- Find HDR Settings .
- If you select Always on , even HDR-incompatible games and applications will automatically switch to HDR output.
- if you select Run when support is available , non-HDR compatible games and applications will be displayed in SDR (standard dynamic range) format.
You should now see a bright screen with instructions for the various settings you can turn on. Follow the instructions and click “Next” until you’ve finished configuring the settings. Alternatively, as mentioned earlier, you can also ignore the instructions to try different settings and see what works best for you.