PSA: Your Samsung 4K Smart TV Can’t Keep Up with the PlayStation 5

Samsung’s 2020 range of 4K smart TV models may not provide the highest graphics experience for PS5 (PlayStation 5) console owners, although TV models such as the Q70T, Q80T, Q85T, Q90T and Q95T should be technical enough Sony PS5 can throw at them. While this can be frustrating for PS5 owners who want to experience the highest possible graphics settings of the console, it can be a temporary issue and can be fixed through a firmware update.

Oddly enough, Xbox Series X owners do not have to worry about this. Microsoft’s new console and all its graphics features seem to be fully compatible with Samsung’s 4K 4K TV series from 2020, so it’s not entirely clear why PS5 owners may not enjoy a similar experience. According to reports, Samsung’s 4K TV models can play 4K SDR content at 120Hz or 4K HDR content at 60Hz. They cannot offer 4K HDR content at a high 120Hz refresh rate. PS5 owners should essentially opt for a higher frame rate or HDR, but they may not have both at the same time.

This undesirable behavior seems to occur even with the latest firmware updates installed on Samsung’s 2020 smart TV series. The exact cause is unclear, but it probably has something to do with HDMI 2.1, given all the issues that have surrounded the standard so far. Samsung will probably address this shortcoming through another firmware update, but time will tell. Until then, just be aware that your Samsung Smart TV may not be able to deliver the best graphics experience for your PS5.