13 Oct 2021 5:45 PM +00:00

Is PS5 Native 4K? Here's Everything You Need To Know

We already know the PS5 is capable of running games at 4K with 120fps but is it using a native 4K or utilizing AI upscaling?

For many, this can be an important factor when considering taking the leap from old-gen and upgrading to a PS5 because native 4K can provide more detail than 'fake' 4K can.

However, when it comes to exploring whether the PS5 is native 4K or not, it can become a little more complex than it may appear.

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Is PS5 Native 4K?

In short, yes, the PS5 is native 4K and can output UHD resolutions of 3840 x 2160p (4K) when using any of the best 4K TVs or monitors.

Now, here's where it becomes a little confusing, while the PS5 can display native 4K, not all PS5 games will be.

What Does Native 4K Mean?

Native 4K content means that the resolution input is already at a 4K resolution, rather than using AI upscaling.

4K upscaling refers to when a less detailed display, for example, 1080p, is artificially enhanced to produce a 4K resolution.

This then means that while both offer a 4K resolution, native 4K provides more detail, as AI upscaling cannot add detail that isn't there.

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Why Don't All Games Run At Native 4K?

Not all games will run at native 4K on PS5, if the source is not 4K then the game cannot produce a native 4K image.

In Sony's Ultimate PS5 FAQ, they state "PS5 can output resolutions up to 2160p (4K UHD) when connected to a 4K display."

This suggests that some games will run at under 4K even when using a UHD display, this is due to there not being a 4K input from the source.

Some games will be able to utilize 4K upscaling and therefore produce a 1080p image that has been artificially enhanced to fit a 4K resolution.

It is likely that most next-gen games will offer native 4K potential and so it could be worth grabbing one of the best monitors for PS5 for your sought after gaming experience.