Does PS5 support ultrawide?

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Does the PS5 support ultrawide monitors? It's a worthwhile question, and one that could be the deciding factor when looking for a new monitor for your console.

With current-gen consoles like the PS5 being a lot closer to PCs than ever before, it's only natural that people want to look at a top-tier gaming monitor to game on. And, seeing as the PS5 has seen some pretty big changes since its launch, including an upgradable internal SSD update, and the ability to store PS5 games on some of the best external SSDs, you might assume it does.

Is it really that black and white when it comes to ultrawide though? Or is a case of 'when' over 'if' it'll support the format? Here's everything you need to know before you dive in.

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Does PS5 support ultrawide?

At this stage, no it doesn't, and in the battle between PS5 vs Xbox Series X, you'll find the latter comes up short in this department too.

In fact, between PS5 vs PC, it also comes up a little short, as there are now some amazing AAA titles that support ultra-wide, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Forza Motorsport, and Diablo IV.

But that isn't to say that you can't use your PS5 on your ultrawide monitor...

Can you use a PS5 with an ultrawide monitor?

Yes, you can, just not 'officially' as it were. Since most ultra-wide monitors are QHD, what the PS5 can do is intelligently upscale the image to fit the screen in most cases.

It will likely be upscaling from 1080p, so you may find the image quality is not to your liking, but at the same time, depending on the game it may be just fine for you.

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Will the PS5 get ultrawide support?

The big question on many people's minds recently is whether we'll see the PS5, or perhaps the rumoured PS5 Pro, get ultrawide support.

In our minds, we wouldn't rule it out, but it's more likely that we'll see 1440p support for PS5 make an appearance before ultrawide.

This could simply be down to the fact that more gamers are likely to have 1440p panels than ultrawides, meaning that offering 1440p support is likely to be more beneficial currently.

It may also make more sense for the PS5 to get 8K support before it gets ultrawide, given that the console is capable, and Sony hasn't unlocked the ability on the console as yet. This will most likely require the resolution to become more mainstream in games and media before it's added.

So if you're looking for the best monitor for PS5, we'd suggest leaning away from either 1440p or ultrawide displays at this time, and perhaps even going the whole hog with an HDMI 2.1 monitor instead.

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