May 16, 2021

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Future PS5 Update Will Allow Console to Output 8K Resolutions

While PlayStation 5 is only able to output up to 4K on 8K displays at launch, a future system software update will allow the PS5 to “output resolutions up to 8K when content is available, with supported software.”As revealed in PlayStation.Blog’s PS5: The Ultimate FAQ, this news is a good sign for the future-proofing of Sony’s newest console.

Even though the PS5 will one day be able to output select content at 8K, that doesn’t mean you need and 8K display, or even a 4K display, to enjoy PS5 games like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls, and more.

Supported resolutions for the PS5 are 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 2160p. The PS5 also supports the HDR10 specification, and an HDMI 2.1 cord will enable 4K/120Hz.

While 8K might sound exciting, it’s important to understand that we aren’t quite in a place were 8K will soon be the new normal.

As it stands, even the most budget 8K TVs are $4,000. Our choice for the best 8K TV in 2020 is the Sony 85″ Class Z8H Master Series, and that retails for $8,999 USD.

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It will also be interesting to see if the PS5 will be able to support native 8K, or is if it will use techniques like checkerboarding to conserve bandwidth like the PS4 Pro.

Only time will tell, but 4K/120Hz for PS5’s launch will be a big jump for many when it launches at November 12, 2020, and will make PS5 games and backward compatible PS4 games look better than ever.

For more on PlayStation 5, check out our PS5 review, how PS5 games can’t be installed or played on external storage right now, and find out the release windows for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Horizon Forbidden West, and more.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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