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How to Make Sure your PS5 is Running at 4K, 120 FPS

The PS5 is an extremely powerful piece of technology, capable of outputting 4K resolutions at 120 FPS. But users will have to make sure their console is set up correctly to see the benefit of their new hardware.

If you've just secured your PS5, the first thing you should do after setting it up is to ensure you're playing your games how they're meant to be played. Meaning, of course, that you've got the PS5 set to 4K and 120 FPS.

Here's how to adjust your settings for the best possible results. After all, running at 1080p and 30 FPS is so last generation.

How to Set Your PS5 to Display 4K

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According to PlayStation support, the PS5 should select the best available resolution during start-up. However, if there's been a mistake somewhere down the line, it's also possible to manually change your PS5 resolution.

Here's how to make sure you have 4K enabled:

  1. From the PlayStation 5 Dashboard, head up to Settings in the top right corner
  2. Press X to select, then choose Screen and Video
  3. Next, select Video Output
  4. From here, make sure your output is set to 4K

Of course, bear in mind that 4K resolutions are only possible on a monitor capable of displaying such high-quality images. If you don't have a TV or monitor that's able to display 4K, it won't be possible to go higher than your screen's resolution.

If you're buying a new 4K TV for the PS5, here's what you need to know.

How to Set Your PS5 to Run at 120 FPS

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Next up, those that want their PS5 to be running at 120 FPS will require a monitor capable 120Hz. Although, as Sony points out, few options are out there as most TVs are not yet running at 4K and 120Hz.

As a tradeoff, players can select a lower frame rate for their gameplay instead of focusing on resolution. Users will also have to make sure they're using the included HDMI 2.1 cable with their PS5 to take advantage of the console's true potential too.

In the Saved Data and Game/App Settings, players can also choose between the PS5's Performance or Resolution Modes. To get 120 FPS in your games, make sure you're running on Performance Mode.

The resolution, and the PlayStation's Ray-Tracing capabilities, may take a hit. However, it will be worth it for an exceptionally smooth next-gen frame rate.

If you're yet to get your hands on a next-gen console, here's when the PS5 or Xbox Series X are back in stock.

But if you've got your new device and are looking for further instructions, be sure to check out the following guides to make the most of your PS5:

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