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Does PS5 come with HDMI 2.1 cable?

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If you are planning on buying a PS5, knowing the correct HDMI cable can help you pair it with a compatible TV or monitor. The length of the cable should also be long enough to connect to a TV or monitor nearby. As PS5’s popularity continues to remain high, one always wants to find out about all the hardware specifications related to a PS5.

In this article, we will be figuring out whether or not a PS5 comes with an HDMI cable and if there are any other cables that a PS5 supports.

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PS5 cable ties to HDMI

An HDMI port and cable usually accompany a PS5 console that transmits audio and video from the console to the TV screen or monitor. A High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cable in PS5 is 1.5 meters or 5 ft long.

A good and the latest HDMI cable is important to have as it can assure you of a fluid and smooth gaming experience due to fast transmission rates and high refresh rates, which is something that a pro gamer would never compromise. The same goes for resolution.

Since PS5 is the best gaming console on the market today, the HDMI cable used is also of top quality, that being HDMI2.1. Some specifications of HDMI 2.1 are given as follows:

SpecsHDMI 2.1
Maximum transmission rate (bandwidth)48 Gbps
Maximum data rate42.6 Gbps
High Dynamic Range (HDR)Yes
Refresh rate4K resolution at 60Hz
8K resolution at 120Hz
10K resolution at 120hz
Colour depth16 bits

It is worth mentioning that PS5 allows you to choose between different refresh or frame rates. With higher refresh rates, you can see each and every motion clearly and not as blurred. So you can adjust the frame rate according to each individual game.

If you already have a 4K TV or a monitor with a 60 Hz refresh rate or higher, then you can connect it to PS5 to play games. With HDMI 2.0, you can get ultra HD resolution with a faster frame rate. You can also use an HDMI 2.0 cable on your PS5 as it supports 4K at 60 Hz fps.

Given below are some frequently asked questions that come across a user’s mind with HDMI cables:

Are there other HDMI 2.1 compatible ports?

You can use HDMI 2.1 cables with HDMI 2.0 ports and you will be able to use PS5 and play on a screen but it will not work to its topmost capabilities. An HDMI 2.1 cable is required to support the VRR or Variable Refresh Rate for a smoother gaming experience.

Can you use older HDMI cables?

If you don’t want to buy a new TV or monitor specifically for your PS5, you can use your old HDMI cables, however, you will not receive optimal graphics. The frame rate will not be the highest that HDMI 2.1, which is perfectly compatible with PS5, will be able to offer. If you are using HDMI 2.0, then you will be able to 4K HD videos at 60 frames per second.

At lower resolution, you will be able to make up for a higher frame rate and your games will not lag as much if you go with HDMI 2.0. Any lower and all the top specs of HDMI 2.1 will be degraded and you will not be able to get the high-grade gaming performance that comes with PS5.

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Sania Usmani

Always curious, calm, and a little crazy, you can find me daydreaming or studying. An avid reader, traveler, and graduate of Aviation Science, I love gaining new experiences in life and star gazing. You can contact her here: [email protected]