PlayStation 5 is just released on November 12th, and we are getting new information about It's performance and hardware compatibility every day, as users who received their new gaming console bring up issues and ask questions.
In this article, we will review the best gaming monitors for the new PlayStation 5 based on all the information we have so far with the reviews, issues and questions online from the PS5 owners.
Sony has a great page with a lot of details about the new PlayStation 5’s specs. We will use that information to narrow down best monitor options. Here are the main specs of the new PS5:
Additionally, Sony has released a technical talk on YouTube. Mark, their lead system architect, talks about new technologies and features coming to PS5.
If you haven’t already, It is a must-watch for anyone who is interested in gaming and technology as he explains what we will see in the coming years.
As Ultrawide monitors are getting extremely popular for gaming, we expect that PlayStation 5 will no issue supporting 34 inch or 49 inch super ultrawide monitors.
However, recently there has been some debate about whether games will support ultrawide or not, as in some cases developers might just prefer to show black bars to avoid giving advantage to players using ultrawide monitors.
For example Valorant, Riot's latest big hit, even though It's currently only on PC, developers stated that, the game won't support ultrawide monitors with extended FOV (Field of View).
4K resolution is 3840 × 2160 pixels and It started to appear on the market around 2015. Based on early analysts reports, nearly %50 of the U.S. household is expected to have a 4K-capable TV by the end of 2020. Whether It will happen or not is up for debate, we know that this is a much faster adoption rate than It’s previous generation Full HD TVs or anything we have seen before.
PS4 Pro already supports 4K HD resolution, however It's capped at 60Hz which is a deal break for most competitive gamers. However, It is no surprise that Sony has the 4K support the front and center of their new console with a higher refresh rate.
Make sure to enable 4K support on your PlayStation 5. That is great news for gamers that PlayStation 5 can handle 120Hz as refresh rate is at the heart of the gaming experience.
Actually It is very interesting question to ask "If high performance gaming console supports a lower quality resolution?", but actually It is more valid than you think.
Interestingly, native resolution support is difficult to achieve and graphics units or gaming consoles can't be optimized for very many resolutions at the same time.
For PlayStation 5, the focus is all about the high resolution 4K support, and most TVs are either 1080p or 4K resolution. 1440p is mostly used for computer monitors.
Very recently, Sony Italy quietly made it clear that PlayStation 5 won't support 1440p resolution natively. You can still connect the PlayStation 5 to a 1440p monitor, and It will still work.
But you will be getting 1080p output that is scaled to 1440p resolution which is not optimal.
In this case, If you aren't looking for a 4K monitor, we would highly suggest picking a lower resolution (1080p) monitor with probably higher refresh rate and lower response time and better price for the PlayStation 5.
Update: Couple days after the launch of the new console, Sony's SVP Hideaki Nishino, just address the 1440p native support issue during his interview AV Watch.
Nishino explained that Sony wanted to focus on their 4K gaming especially on TV first, and mentions that there is no technical reason why 1440p support can't come to PS5, and hinting that future software updates might introduce native 1440p support for PlayStation 5.
Currently 8K monitors are sold at very premium prices and due to that It’s not preferred by many consumers. However If we look at PS4 lifespan, It was released in late 2013, 7 years ago.
We can safely assume that during the lifespan of PlayStation 5, nearly 5-7 years, 8k monitor prices will become more affordable.
According to the PlayStation 5 specs and early hands-on reviews, we now know that PS5 is capable of supporting 8K high resolution TVs. However, the refresh rate is capped at 60Hz because of the cable technology, which we will talk about it in the next section.
HDMI 2.1 is the newer version of industry standard HDMI 2 connection technology. It's all about the data transfer between the console and the monitor.
The more pixels displayed on the monitor, more data needs to be sent to the monitor. Two things that increase the data requirements are resolution and the refresh rate.
Resolution is how many pixels are in a frame, and the refresh rate is how many frames are sent to screen every second. Increasing one of them, increases the whole bandwidth required for the monitors
That is why in some cases, gamers sacrifice resolution in favor of getting more frames to the screen. The new HDMI 2.1 port is capable of transmitting 48.0 Gbits per second, which is enough to run 8K ultra HD monitor with 120Hz refresh rate.
PS4 and Xbox One only offers HDMI 1.4 which has a lot lower transition rate, while Xbox One X uses HDMI 2. It is officially confirmed that PS5 will feature the latest version of the HDMI standard. So this is definitely something to look forward to.
Covering 4K and 8K resolution support and going over the new HDMI connectivity brings us the second most important factor of gaming monitors, which is the refresh rate.
Based on the latest information released by Sony, new PlayStation 5 supports 4K monitors with 120Hz refresh rate.
However, 8K resolution is only supported by 60Hz refresh rate, even though the new HDMI 2.1 connectivity is capable of handling higher refresh rates.
This is not surprising as 8K computer monitors are extremely rare, while majority of gamers haven't even upgraded to 4K monitors.
It is very possible that Sony didn't want to max out the refresh rate spec for 8K monitors early in technologies cycle, and waiting for the 8K adoption and next update for PlayStation 5.
In conclusion, here is the refresh rate support of the new PlayStation 5 gaming console:
PlayStation 5 is obviously capable of delivering high refresh rate performance, however just having a high refresh rate monitor isn't the whole story in this case.
Refresh rate isn't a set number through out the gaming session, just like the fps (frames per second), It constantly fluctuates every millisecond.
This variability is caused by many factors that can effect the performance, usually It doesn't cause big drops or spikes, but there is something important to pay attention to.
Due to these fluctuations, monitor and graphics cards manufacturers came up with a technology called variable refresh rate (VRR)
This technology enables graphics cards and the monitor to constantly sync their current refresh rate, so that the two pieces of hardware can work in sync.
We know that PlayStation 5 uses AMD CPU and Custom RDNA 2 architecture for the GPU, given these specs It is no surprise that AMD FreeSync capable monitors would be first choice for the PlayStation 5.
For additional details, make sure to check out this Reddit discussion about variable refresh rate and FreeSync support for the PS5.
With all these improvements to HDMI standard, there is another port that also started to gain adoption for monitors, and that is the new USB Type-C port.
Many productivity and business monitors already include USB-C and It's usually their primary connectivity method as users can connect and charge their laptops with a single cable.
However, story isn't clear for USB-C on the new Playstation 5 console. Based on the recently released pictures of DualSense, the new PS5 controller, we now know that It uses USB-C port instead of the old usb mini port.
So even though PS5 specs don't include the new USB-C as a port, we assume that PlayStation 5 will have USB-C ports.
Unfortunately, the same specs page only lists HDMI 2.1 port as the video output, so with all this information we still don't know If the PlayStation 5 will be able to connect to USB-C monitors.
HDR is a feature that enables high contrast ratio visuals to be displayed on the monitor and PlayStation 5 supports HDR10.
However, If you look at the monitor specs, you will often notice that there are different versions or levels of HDR certifications.
Those different HDR versions, such as HDR 400 or HDR 1000, are all sub-levels of HDR 10, meaning that PlayStation 5 supports all of them.
On the other hand, each HDR level has a different quality of output, and the number after the HDR specifies the minimum peak luminance. For example, DisplayHDR 1400, has brightness of 1400 cd/m2.
In some cases, HDR support on PlayStation 5 might not be enabled by default, so make sure to enable the HDR support in settings by going to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > HDR.
And to adjust the HDR support in PlayStation 5 go to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output > Adjust HDR.
DisplayPort is a high bandwidth display connectivity that supports advanced features such as daisy chaining multiple monitors.
DisplayPort is a standard very common in computer monitors, almost all modern computer monitors have a DisplayPort but this isn't the case for TVs.
Given that gaming consoles have started with using TVs as a monitor, so far we haven't seen DisplayPort connectivity in PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.
On the other hand, Sony wants PlayStation 5 to become part of the competitive game scene with It's high refresh rate capabilities and low latency, this is way many of us were thinking that DisplayPort can be a good option with It's high bandwidth.
However, we now know that Sony PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital does not have DisplayPort and only has HDMI video output.
Native DisplayPort connectivity might be missing from the new PlayStation but It is still possible to use the DisplayPort on the monitor to connect the PS5.
All that is necessary is one of these HDMI to DisplayPort adapters and monitor should work as It is.
Based on the technical aspect of the new PlayStation 5 gaming console and It's resolution and refresh rate support, we have reviewed some the best gaming monitors for PlayStation 5 that are on the market.