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PS5 now supports 1440p: Here's how to play PS5 games in 1440p

1440p is now possible on the PS5. Here's how.
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Published onSeptember 7, 2022

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If you’re like me, you love your PS5 but maybe you aren’t using it to its full potential. In my case, I have two places in the house I can play the PlayStation 5: a 60-inch generic 4K TV that I got on sale as “good enough for streaming” but a not-so-great image for gaming, or I have my 32-inch 1440p Odyssey G5 gaming monitor that runs beautifully but only can play PS5 games in 1080p. The good news is the latest PS5 update means I can finally get the best of both worlds, excellent frame rates, and true 1440p support.

Here’s how to play PS5 games in 1440p and everything you need to know about the PS5’s new 1440p mode.

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To run your PS5 in 1440p mode you'll need to have the lastest PS5 update and a 1440p compatible monitor. After that, you'll go into Settings > Screen and Video and select Test 1440p Output. This will verify your support for different HDR modes and frame rates for 1440p. After that it'll automatically run in 1440p when possible if Settings > Screen and Video > Resolution is set to automatic, or you can click on Resolution and manually set it to 1440p to be safe.

What is 1440p mode on the PS5, and is it true 1440p?

When the PlayStation 5 first came out it only supported 1080p and 4K, but that’s no longer the case. An update adding support for 60Hz and 120Hz 144op monitors started rolling out to the PS5 on September 7th, 2022.

You might wonder if the new 1440p mode actually samples at 1440p, or uses up or down-scaling trickery. The good news is that many games can natively display in 1440p, but ones that don’t will supersample down from 4K to 1440p. Regardless, it’s important to note that Variable Refresh Rate does not work with 1440p mode.

How to set the PS5 to 1440p

First, if your console was last updated before September 7th, 2022, you’ll need to run an update to use 1440p.

To check for an update go to Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings and select the option Update System Software. You’ll next be asked how to install the update, pick Update Using Internet.

Go to Settings > Screen and Video. You’ll want to use your controller to go down to Test 1440p Output. 

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From there you’ll be taken through a set of prompts asking you if you can see the display correctly, to determine what refresh rates your 1440p monitor can handle. Each time respond with Yes. 

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After it’s done it’ll tell you all the different modes of 1440p it supports and then you’ll return back to the Screen and Video menu. At this point you can choose between forcing the Resolution to 1440p, or keeping it at automatic. And that’s it, your monitor will now run in 1440p mode.