The PS5 is the latest console from Sony that targets 4K resolution at up to 120 FPS. You would imagine that simply plugging it in will get it up and running perfectly but that is simply not the case. In this article, we are going to go over the reasons why you might not be getting the best possible image quality out of your PS5 and how you can fix these issues.

Let’s jump in and show you step by step how you can improve the quality of your Playstation 5.

Why Your PS5 Graphics Might Look Bad

While the PS5 is the latest and greatest console from Sony that offers 4K resolution up to 120 FPS, setting it up might not be as simple as plugging it in and turning it on. You do need the right TV in order to get the best results. 

In order for you to get 4K resolution at up to 120 Hz with HDR and with VRR, you need the HDMI or your TV to support data rates of at least 32Mbps. That is something that older TVs do not support. While it is recommended to get a TV that has an HDMI 2.1 port, even that does not ensure that you will get 4K/120Hz/VRR support. 

You will need to check the fine print to check that all these features are supported. TV models such as the LG OLED CX, GX, WX, ZX series support all these features and should work with your PS5.

Furthermore, you need to make sure that the cable that you are using supports the bandwidth. We recommend using the HDMI cable that is included with the PS5. If you need a replacement then you should pick a cable that has Ultra High-Speed HDMI Cable Certification.

If all the above is fine but you still aren’t getting an ideal gaming experience then there might be an issue with the HDR settings. The PS5 tries to automatically calibrate the HDR with the TV that it is connected to but at times it does not do a good job. If that is indeed the case then you will need to set it up manually.

Before you set the HDR, you should check to see if your TV has HGIG or HDR Gaming Interest Group. If it does then you should turn this option on. This will ensure that your TV does not optimize HDR on its own. 

With that out of the way, you can calibrate the settings from the PS5. Once you have gone through the calibration process your image quality and overall gaming experience should be better.

Do note that the HDR implementations are different for different games and the same settings are not going to work for all games. 

Best PS5 Settings To Improve Graphics Quality

To get the best visuals from your PS5, you need to optimize the settings of your console. The following are the settings that we recommend. 

Firstly, you need to head into settings and then select the Screen and Audio option. In the video output option, select the resolution of your TV. If your TV supports 4K resolution then you need to select 2160p. If not then match it to the resolution of your TV. If your TV supports HDR then you should turn this feature on. You should also turn on Deep Color Output

With that sorted, you should come back to the settings menu and then select the Saved Data Game Settings option. Then select Game Preset. You will then see an option to select Performance Mode or Resolution Mode. In order to get the best visuals, you should have Resolution Mode selected.

If you are playing a competitive game and need high refresh rate then you should select Performance Mode. Do note that if you want to hit 120 FPS then you need to turn down the resolution to 1080p. 

Recommended TV For PlayStation 5

If you are interested in upgrading your TV in order to take full advantage of the PS5 then the following are some of the best TVs that we can recommend:


The LG C1 has an OLED display and is one of the best TVs that you can buy right now. It is a 4K TV and is available in 48, 55, 65, 77, and 83-inches. It has low input lag and almost instantaneous response time. It also has extra gaming features such as FreeSync, G-SYNC, and HDMI Forum VRR. 

OLED TVs have great contrast ratios and deep inky blacks which make it great for gaming in dark environments. The screen is bright and handles reflections very well. It is worth mentioning that OLED screens can suffer from permanent burn-in. All things considered, this is an impressive screen that works impressively well with the PlayStation 5.

Samsung QN90A QLED

The Samsung QN90A QLED TV has an LED display, which is not as impressive as an OLED screen but it is still excellent indeed. This is a 4K TV that is available in 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, 85, and 98-inches. As this is not an OLED screen, there is no risk of burn-in. 

The TV has excellent picture quality and the auto-dimming feature works well too. This is a great TV for all intents and purposes and while it packs a lot of features, the PS5 does not take advantage of all of them.

This is why your PS5 might not provide the image quality that you want and how you can set it up properly.

Wrapping Up

You should now have the best possible settings for your Playstation 5 and can enjoy your games in the highest possible settings. Finally, you can get the most out of the power horse that is your Playstation 5.

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