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How to enable 4K resolution on your PS4 Pro

PS4 Pro Hero with games
PS4 Pro Hero with games (Image credit: Android Central)

One of the main selling points of the PS4 Pro is its power advantage over the PS4 Slim, allowing for crisper images and faster frame-rates. Not every game supports 4K resolution, but those that do are all the better for it. Though the PS4 Pro should automatically enable 4K resolution support when it detects a 4K-capable monitor, this isn't always the case. Here's how to enable 4K manually when your PS4 Pro just doesn't do its job right.

Products used in this guide

The best way to play PS games: PlayStation 4 Pro (opens in new tab) ($369 at Amazon)

The Guide

For starters, you'll want to make sure that your PS4 is indeed connected to a 4K-capable monitor, and that your display is also set to output at 4K resolution. How to access these settings may be different depending on the brand you are using. As for the PS4 Pro:

  1. Navigate to Settings from the home screen.

  1. Select Sound and Screen.

  1. Select Video Output Settings.
  2. Set the Resolution to 2160p - YUV420 or 2160p - RGB.

2160p - YUV420 allows the console to connect to older 4K displays that don't support higher HDMI 2.0 bandwidth. 2160p - RGB doubles the bandwidth requirement, so this is what newer 4K televisions will support.

Choosing Automatic will also ensure that your PS4 Pro defaults to the highest possible resolution for your specific display.

How to enable 4K for specific games

Certain games, especially on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, feature multiple graphics options for you to choose from. These usually consist of a 4K at 30 frames per second (FPS) mode or a 1080p at 60FPS mode, but not always. Monster Hunter: World, for example, includes options prioritizing the frame rate, graphics, or resolution. If a game defaults to one or the other and you want to switch it, you can find these options within the game's settings. We've provided an example of what this will look like in The Last of Us Remastered.

If you've followed these steps, you should be gaming in glorious 4K so long as the game you are playing supports it. Hop in and have fun!

Some games to pick up

God of War PS4 box art render

God of War PS4 box art render (Image credit: Sony)

Game of the year 2018 (opens in new tab) ($20 at Amazon)

God of War won Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018 for good reason. It's a nearly immaculate experience in almost every way. On PS4 Pro, you can bump up the resolution and see it in all of its 4K glory.

TLOU Remastered box art

TLOU Remastered box art (Image credit: Sony)

The Last of Us Remastered (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)

The Last of Us was praised for its story and characters, and the remastered edition kicks the experience up a notch by allowing you to play in 4K.

Monster Hunter World Iceborne PS4 boxart

Monster Hunter World Iceborne PS4 boxart (Image credit: Capcom)

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne (opens in new tab) ($50 at Amazon)

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is an upcoming expansion to Capcom's most successful game of all time, Monster Hunter World. Take the fight to Hoarfrost Reach and battle all-new beasties, returning threats, and grind all-new gear.

Jennifer Locke
Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke is Android Central's Games Editor and has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.