Does PS5 Support 144Hz Refresh Rate?

As far as the question of refresh rate goes, the answer to the question “does PS5 support 144Hz refresh rate?” is a no. HOWEVER, if by that question you mean does PS5 support 144Hz monitors, then the answer is yes.

In other words PS5 cannot output 144 frames per second. It is limited to 120 frames per second and thus 120Hz monitor or TV would be most ideal. However, if you have a 144Hz gaming monitor, then the monitor should have absolutely no issues running the PS5 at the lower 120FPS cap.

In order to understand how this works, there are a few key points that you need to take into consideration.

As it stands, HDMI interface, version, cables and settings is all a mess particularly for PS5. There is a general sense of confusion regarding how the HDMI 2.1 interface and 120Hz refresh rate work on PS5 works.

It will be my aim to clarify why PS5 does not support 144Hz refresh rate and how you can play at 120Hz on a 144Hz gaming monitor.

The HDMI Interface of Sony PS5

For starters, not all HDMI ports AND the cables are the same. Different consoles use different HDMI interface.

The following table shows the HDMI version different devices and gaming consoles use:

GenerationDeviceHDMI Port Version
Newer GenNewer Gen Dedicated Graphics CardHDM 2.1
PS5HDMI 2.1
Xbox X
Xbox S
HDMI 2.1
Older GenXbox One XHDM 2.1
PS4 ProHDMI 2.0
PS4 SlimHDMI 2.0
PS4HDM 1.4
Xbox OneHDMI 1.4

Every new iteration of the HDMI interface supports higher resolution and refresh rate displays.

PS5 offers the latest version of HDMI, the HDMI 2.1. The official HDMI 2.1 specs can support as much as maximum of 10K resolution at 120Hz. HDMI 2.1 can support 4K resolution at as much as 240Hz refresh rate (240 frame per second).

However, the HDMI 2.1 interface on PS5 is restricted. It does not support the breadth of all the resolution and refresh rates the HDMI 2.1 is designed to support.

Instead, PS5 supports the following display specifications STRICTLY:

  • Full HD resolution at 60Hz (60 frames per second)
  • Full HD Resolution at 120Hz
  • 4K Resolution at 60Hz
  • 4K Resolution at 120Hz

It also support 720p resolution in case you are wondering.

So Does PS5 Support 144Hz Refresh Rate?

No, as mentioned earlier, PS5 is strictly limited to its display specs. Even the HDMI 2.1 interface can itself support the 4K@240 and all the resolutions and refresh rates in between, PS5 simply will not allow that.

In other words, PS5 does not support QHD resolution, ultrawide screen resolution or any other refresh rate including 144Hz, 165Hz or 240Hz other than those stipulated in its design.

The gist of the discussion here is that PS5 simply will NOT output more than 120 frames per second. 

Does PS5 Support 144Hz Monitor?

So what if you have a 144Hz gaming monitor, will PS5 work on it. Will you be able to get 120FPS on a 144Hz monitor?

This is where the good news comes in.

While the PS5 itself will not pushout 144 Frames Per Second, it does support monitors with 144Hz refresh rate or higher.

Your PS5 if connected to a 144Hz monitor will work just fine, HOWEVER, its max frames per second will be capped at 120FPS.

Enabling Support for 120FPS on a 144Hz Gaming Monitor

There are three key points you need to understand though in order to allow support for 120Hz refresh rate on PS5 even on a 144Hz Refresh Rate monitor.

1. You Need To Have the Right HDMI Cable for 120Hz.

If things weren’t already confusing enough with HDMI with all the ports versions and the PS5 limitations and display specs, you also have to take into consideration what HDMI cable version you have.

You see, not all HDMI cables are the same. There are different HDMI cables capable of carrying different resolution and refresh rates.

HDMI Standard
Certification
Max Data Rate
Supported
Specs SupportedBest Port
Standard4.95 Gb/s720 or 1080P @ 60Hz<1.4
High Speed10.2 Gb/sFHD @ 60Hz
QHD @ 60Hz
4K @ 30Hz
1.4
Premium High Speed18 Gb/s4k @ 60Hz2.0
Ultra High Speed48 Gb/s4K @ 60Hz
8K @ 120Hz
10K @ 120hz
2.1

So basically,

  • For running PS5 at Full HD @ 60Hz, you need HDMI 1.4 cable (High Speed Cable).
  • For running PS5 at Full HD @ 120Hz, you need HDMI 1.4 cable (High Speed Cable)
  • For running PS5 at 4K @ 60Hz, you need HDMI 2.0 cable (Premium High Speed)
  • For running PS5 at 4K @ 120Hz, you need HDMI 2.1 cable (Ultra High Speed Cable).

In addition to that, you need to make sure that the cable you buy is a certified cable. Certified cables have a label verifying that they conform to the specs.

Premium
Premium Certified HDMI Cable. Source: HDMI.org

In other words, you cannot simply get an HDMI 2.1 cable from a generic brand and expect that to work on 4K@120Hz on a PS5.

Also Read: How Many Types of HDMI Cables Are There?

2. Make Sure You Have The Right Settings on PS5

To confuse you even further, PS5 does not tell you how to make 120Hz work on your monitor or TV.

If you hooked up your PS5 to a 144Hz monitor and if your PS5 only works at a 60Hz refresh rate max, despite you having the right cable, then the problem could be with the PS5 display settings which in itself are deeply confusing.

Basically, in order to enable support for 120Hz (displaying 120 FPS) you need to set the video settings to “Performance Mode” instead of “Resolution Mode” or “Automatic”.

does ps5 support 144hz refresh rate
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This should unlock the 120FPS game mode.

Also Read: How to Get 120FPS on PS5?

3. The Game Must Support 120FPS

It is entirely possible that the game in question does not support 120FPS at all. Hence, that is worth checking out too.

Final Words

So does PS5 support 144Hz refresh rate? No, it does not. It only supports a native refresh rate of 120Hz meaning it can pushout out 120FPS max.

But does PS65 support 144Hz monitor? Yes, it does support 144Hz monitor, however, the FPS on this monitor will be capped at 120FPS max.

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Atif Qazi
Atif Qazi is the founder of PCGuide101. He is a digital nomad who loves everything PC. He is a PC builder, tech enthusiast, engineer, and a lover of single player lore-rich RPG games.

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