As is the case with all newer generation gaming consoles, Sony PS5 is also made with future specs into consideration. As such, in order to cater to the specs of what is about to come on TVs and monitors, PS5 offers the newer HDMI 2.1 interface.
As far as the question, does PS5 come with HDMI 2.1 cable goes, the answer is yes, PS5 does come with an HDMI 2.1 cable out of the box.
The size of the PS5 HDMI cable it comes with is about 1.5m or about 5 ft. long. This is just about enough to connect your PS5 to your TV if they are sitting relatively close to each other, on a TV shelf for instance.
But, the cable is sufficiently designed with the Ultra High Speed specs meaning it can cater to about 48 Gbps of bandwidth (without compression).
In the following text I will talk in detail about PS5’s display specs, the cable it comes with and whether you actually need an HDMI 2.1 cable at all.
Different HDMI Cables and Versions
Before we go deeper into the topic, you may want to brush-up on some basic knowledge regarding HDMI interface versions and cable versions.
Basically, with the resolution and the refresh rate on TVs and monitors going ever higher and with gamers demanding higher and higher display specs, the HDMI interface evolves.
The original PS4 supported the HDMI 1.4 specs as it was intended for playing on FHD@60Hz max. The frame rate was often capped at 30 FPS though for many games.
However, with PS5 you have a whole new generation of gamers to cater to. Hence, PS5 supports the latest gen HDMI 2.1 port.
The following table shows the specs different HDMI port versions can support:
|HDMI Version||Max Resolution||Max Refresh Rate||Max Bandwidth|
|HDMI 1.0||1080p||1080p @ 60 Hz||4.95||3.96||No||- 8 Audio Channels|
|HDMI 1.1/1.2||1440p||1440p @ 30 Hz||4.95||3.96||No||- 8 Audio Channels
-Super Audio CDs
|HDMI 1.3/1.4||4096 x 2160 (4K)||120 Hz @ FHD Resolution|
30 Hz @ 4k Resolution
24 Hz @ 4k Resolution
|10.2||8.16||No||- 8 Audio Channels
- Dolby TrueHD
|HDMI 2.0||4096 x 2160 (4K)||60 Hz @ 4K Resolution||18||14.40||Yes||- 32 audio channels,
- Dynamic Resolution Adaptation (DRA)
- High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC)
|HDMI 2.1||Upto 10240 x 4320 (10K)||Upto 120Hz @ 10K||48||42.67||Yes||- 32 audio channels
As you can see, HDMI 2.1 has the potential to support upto 10K resolution at 120 Hz.
PS5, however, does not support the maximum specs HDMI 2.1 is designed for. That may change in the future.
In order to cater to newer specs, you need more robust HDMI cables as well. The following are the different HDMI cables out there.
|Max Data Rate|
|Specs Supported||Best Port|
|Standard||4.95 Gb/s||720 or 1080P @ 60Hz||<1.4|
|High Speed||10.2 Gb/s||FHD @ 60Hz|
QHD @ 60Hz
4K @ 30Hz
|Premium High Speed||18 Gb/s||4k @ 60Hz||2.0|
|Ultra High Speed||48 Gb/s||4K @ 60Hz|
8K @ 120Hz
10K @ 120hz
HDMI 2.1 is hence called the Ultra High Speed cable according to its official nomenclature from HDMI.org.
Which brings us to the question in hand.
Does PS5 Come with HDMI 2.1 Cable?
The answer is yes as clarified earlier. PS5 comes with an HDMI 2.1 or Ultra High Speed HDMI cable that is 1.5 m or about 5 ft long.
Given the short length of the HDMI cable, if your gaming console is sitting at a distance from your TV or monitor and if you plan to get a newer and longer HDMI cable, make sure it conform to the 2.1 specs.
HDMI 2.1 cables (Ultra High Speed Cables) are naturally more expensive than HDMI 2.0 or 1.4 cables.
Also Read: Are All HDMI Cables 4K?
Can You Use Your Old HDMI or PS4 HDMI Cables with PS5?
You CAN use your old HDMI cables but that is NOT recommended.
This is because if you use an HDMI 1.4 or and HDMI 2.0 cable with an HDMI 2.1 port found on the PS5, you will unfortunately be bottlenecked at the specs of the older gen cables.
Hence, while your PS5 has the capacity to support 4K@120Hz, with an HDMI 2.0 cable you will only be limited to 4K@60Hz.
With an HDMI 1.4 cable, things will be even worse with your max data rate supporting only 4K@30Hz max.
Does PS4 Come with an HDMI 2.1 cable?
No, PS4 does NOT come with an HDMI 2.1 cable. Even the newest PS4 Pro comes with only an HDMI 2.0 port and is thus accompanied with an HDMI 2.0 cable.
The following table shows different devices and gaming consoles and the HDMI port version they come with:
|Generation||Device||HDMI Port Version|
|Newer Gen||Newer Gen Dedicated Graphics Card||HDM 2.1|
|Older Gen||Xbox One X||HDM 2.1|
|PS4 Pro||HDMI 2.0|
|PS4 Slim||HDMI 2.0|
|Xbox One||HDMI 1.4|
Do You Really Need the HDMI 2.1 Cable?
Now this is the question that boils the discussion down. Do you really need the HDMI 2.1 cable?
It all depends upon what TV and monitor you have.
In other words, if you have a FHD@60Hz monitor or TV, then even an HDMI 1.4 cable can work. And if you are wondering, yes, HDMI IS backwards compatible.
Similarly, if you have a 4K monitor or TV with max refresh rate of 60Hz, then even an HDMI 2.0 cable would suffice.
The only time you will actually need an HDMI 2.1 cable is when you have a monitor or TV with 4K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate and you want to leverage all that.
For that you will need a TV with an HDMI 2.1 port as well – which is often only found on top of the line brand new TVs.
In addition to that, you must understand that PS5 isn’t really aiming to hit the performance rating of 4K@120Hz (120 frame per second) for their games any ways.
Pushing 120 frames per second at 4K resolution would be a struggle even for a PS5 and even with highly optimized titles.
According to Christopher Mullins, Sony’s Digital and Home Cinema Product Manager, PS5 is rather aiming for a great 4K@60Hz experience. For this even an HDMI 2.0 cable would suffice.
“4K at 120Hz is… interesting, but actually with the next-gen consoles the baseline performance is to hit a really good native 4K/60Hz performance, and have that performance across many games.” – Christopher Mullins – Reported by Techradar
Hence, in majority of the cases, you may not even need an HDMI 2.1 cable after all.
What are the Display Specs that PS5 Supports?
- Full HD resolution at 120Hz refresh rate (120 frames per second)
- 4K Resolution at 120Hz refresh rate.
- 8K resolution at 60Hz refresh rate
However, when it comes to actual support currently PS5 can only support 4k@60Hz reliably since the 4K@120Hz hasn’t matured enough for consoles – let alone 8K.
This is what Sony has to say regarding 4K@120Hz
As this emerging technology isn’t fully supported in the market, Sony Interactive Entertainment is working with TV manufacturers to improve performance and bring the best experience to console users.
Also Read: How to Get 120FPS on PS5?
Does PS5 Support QHD, WQHD, 1440P Resolution?
No, unfortunately, PS5 does not support Quad HD resolutions. Hence, if you have a monitor with a resolution of 2560×1440, you will be limited to running it at Full HD resolution.
Does PS5 Support Ultrawide Monitors?
Ultrawide monitors have an aspect ratio of 21:9 or higher. Unfortunately, PS5 does not support ultrawide resolution either.
Does PS5 Support 144Hz Monitors?
PS5 DOES NOT support 144Hz refresh rate, however, it DOES support monitors that are rated at 144Hz refresh rate.
As mentioned PS5 only supports a maximum of 120Hz at 4K resolution.
Hence, if you have a monitor with 144Hz refresh rate whether FHD or 4K, the refreshed rate will be capped at 120 FPS max.
In order to avoid any issues, however, it wise to change the refresh rate of you 144Hz monitor to 120Hz to sync properly with the cap of PS5.
This tutorial shows how you can change the refresh rate of your monitor.
Also Read: How to Connect Monitor with No HDMI Ports?
So the answer to the question “does PS5 come with HDMI 2.1 cable?” is a yes. Hence, out of the box it can support 4K@120Hz or even 8K resolution.
However, the question remains, is PS5 even capable of pushing 4K@120Hz or 8K@60Hz with its hardware for its AAA titles at highest quality? The answer to this, however, is unfortunately no given the scenario.
Take for instance Horizon Forbidden West, this game targets 4K@30FPS or 1080P@60FPS. Hence for this title even an HDMI 1.4 cable would suffice!