Your PS4’s HDMI port allows you to connect the gaming console to a display, but if nothing is displayed when you connect your TV to PS4 using the HDMI cable, there’s probably an issue with the HDMI port.
There are several things that can cause your PS4’s HDMI port to malfunction, which include dirt or dust accumulation in the port, bent or damaged connector pins on the cable or the port or a faulty HDMI chip on your console’s motherboard.
Now while it’s also possible that your TV’s HDMI port is experiencing an issue, you can check that by connecting other HDMI devices through the same port, and if they also fail to display, your TVs port might be the issue. However, if that’s not the case, then your PS4’s HDMI port might be at fault.
Here we talk about how to know that your PS4’s HDMI port is causing the issue, followed by seven possible fixes.
How to know your PS4’s HDMI port is faulty?
If any of the following scenarios are true in your case, then you know that there’s an issue with your PS4’s HDMI port.
- You see a blue screen (also known as BSOD or Blue Screen of Death) after switching on the console and it shuts down after some time.
- Your TV displays a ‘No Input’ or ‘Weak or No Signal’ message.
- You see a black screen without any signs of a video signal.
- The graphics are pixelated, or the sound is muffled.
7 ways to fix your PS4’s HDMI port
There are several ways that you can use to troubleshoot and fix your PS4’s HDMI port, but there’s no way of knowing which one might work for your specific issue. You can try all these out and see if any works for you. If none of them does, you might have to get your console repaired.
- Reseat: Check if your HDMI cable is seated correctly and is flush with the port’s case. If it’s not, try reseating your cable. If it still doesn’t work, try one of the fixes below or a new HDMI cable.
- Update PS4 (in safe mode): Update your Playstation’s software as a bug might be causing the issue, which might’ve been fixed in a recent update. You can do so by booting your PS4 into safe mode and following the prompts.
- Change screen resolution: While you’re there in the safe mode, you can also change the screen resolution to the optimal one to match your TV’s.
- Check for damage: You can check if any of the connector pins on your HDMI port or the cables are bent or damaged. If the connectors are damaged on the cable, you can replace it with a new one. Still, if the problem is with your PS4’s HDMI port, you’ll need to get it repaired (preferably from a licensed repair business especially if your console is still in warranty).
- Check your TV: As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the issue might not be with your PS4 but the TV. You can try connecting other supported HDMI devices to the TV to check if it works or not. If it does, the issue lies with your PS4.
- Soldering: If you’re an experienced hand, you can also try soldering your PS4’s HDMI port for which you’ll need a soldering gun and a new HDMI port that can be bought online from sites like Amazon. However, we strongly recommend getting this done from an expert to avoid further damage.
- Bonus tip: If nothing above works, you can also try the following tip from Adrian Zymeri, as shared on iFixit’s forum. Connect the HDMI cable to both the TV and the console. Power on the TV first and then press and hold your PS4’s power button for seven seconds until there are two beeps.
Note that you’ll need to connect your PS4 controller to the console via a USB port to boot into safe mode.
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