Resolution, clarity, and color depth are increasing all the time on new gaming consoles. If you are a PlayStation 4 owner you have the ability to play games (which support it) in HDR. HDR or high dynamic range is a method of image rendering which can allow for a beautiful and staggering depth of graphics in modern games. While it is easy to enjoy such gorgeous graphics, it is not always entirely clear as to how one might enable the settings. Most modern televisions, while capable of supporting such graphics do not come set up to do so straight out of the box. Here is how to enable HDR graphics on your PS4 and a bunch of popular televisions.
What you’ll find in this guide
- Configuring your PS4
- Enabling HDR on a Samsung 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on an LG TVs 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on a Vizio 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on a Sony Bravia 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on a Panasonic 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on a Philips 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on a TCL 4K TV
- Enabling HDR on a Toshiba 4K TV
Configuring your PS4
Before getting into the settings on your TV set, make sure that your PS4 is set to actually output HDR. The first step is to make sure that your console has the most recent firmware update. HDR is only available through version 4.0 and higher.
From the main menu of your PS4, go to settings.
Select Sound and Screen.
Select Video Output Settings.
Set HDR to Automatic
Set **Deep Color output to Automatic.
Configuring your television to display HDR
Once you have your PS4 properly configured, it’s time to hop over and get everything set up correctly on your TV.
Samsung 4K TVs
With some of the best 4K HDR displays on the market today, Samsung is a great option for those looking for crystal clear images. In order to enable HDR on Samsung TVs from 2016 to 2019 you will need to go to the settings menu to enable HDMI UHD Color. It is important to keep in mind that you will have to enable these settings for each port through which you intend to utilize 4K.
Press the Settings button on your TV’s remote
Scroll all the way down to Expert Settings or Picture Options.
Scroll down to HDR+ Mode and turn it on.
LG TVs 4K TVs
LG has developed quite a few TVs which support HDR in recent years. Nearly all of these sets should come with the same software which should make enabling these settings relatively uniform across most models. In order to turn on HDR for your PS4, you will be looking for “HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color” in the settings menu of your 2016 to 2019 LG TV.
Press the Settings button.
Scroll down to All Settings.
Navigate to the General tab.
Select HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color. Each of the available HDMI ports should now be listed on the screen.
Enable the feature on the ports of your choosing.
Vizio 4K TVs
Vizio also offers quite a few models in the P and M-series which will give you crisp, clear HDR images. On most sets, it is important to keep in mind that while ports one through four can all output 4K HDR, port five will not support that content. Within the Vizio SmartCast app, you will be on the lookout for “HDMI Color Subsampling” in order to get the HDR content you love so much.
Open your SmartCast app.
Select HDMI Color Subsampling. Each of the available HDMI ports should now be listed on-screen.
Enable HDR on the ports of your choosing.
Sony Bravia 4K TVs
There are quite a few 4K televisions offered by Sony which will support HDR on your PS4. Most recent sets will need to see “Enhanced format” turned on in the settings in order for you to enjoy HDR on your PlayStation.
Press the Home button to open the menu.
Scroll down to Settings.
Select External Inputs under the TV subsection.
Next, choose HDMI signal format.
Switch your signal format to Enhanced format. By default, this will have been set to Standard Format.
Panasonic 4K TVs
If you have a modern high-end Panasonic TV then there is a good chance that your set also supports HDR. Like many other televisions, you will have to enable HDR on a per-port basis. That can be done by changing the aptly named “HDMI HDR Setting” within your television’s settings.
Press the Menu button on your remote.
Navigate to the Setup tab of the Main Menu.
Select HDMI HDR Setting.
Select the HDMI port your PlayStation is connected to.
Change to ON for the ports of your choosing.
Philips 4K TVs
Philips Televisions come out of the box running in “Legacy”, mode which offers the highest rate of compatibility with various devices. However, if you want that sweet HDR you will have to enable your chosen port to accept HDR content. The steps to do that are as follows.
Press the Menu button on the remote.
Navigate to TV Settings.
Select **HDMI mode.
Choose the HDMI port your PS4 is connected to.
Switch to Normal from Legacy.
TCL 4K TVs
TCL has been building their brand and releasing affordable 4K TVs in the last few years. For the sets that support HDR display, the steps are pretty simple to enable it.
Press the Settings button on your remote.
Select TV Inputs.
Select HDMI Mode.
Set your HDMI mode to HDMI 2.0
Toshiba 4K TVs
Toshiba has finally gotten it together and realized that consumers have a desire for HDR support on their 4K sets. Within the last few years they have started to offer some smaller TVs that feature HDR support and turning it on is relatively simple.
Press the Menu button your remote.
Scroll down and choose Options.
Select HDMI Input Mode.
Set the input mode to Mode 2 (2.0)
You already have the HDR supported TV. That means it’s time to look into other consoles and equipment that best compliment your gaming set-up!
PlayStation 4 Pro
$450 at Amazon
The PlayStation Pro is the best option from the PlayStation family. It supports 4K and HDR TV for streaming as well as a Boost Mode to improve graphics for supported games. If you’re using the original or slim edition, it may be time to look into an upgrade!
Linksys EA9500 Max Stream
$350 at Amazon
If you’re playing online games or streaming your favorite shows and movies with your TV’s HDR features, you want to make sure you have the best internet connection possible! With the Linksys EA9500 Max Stream, you get three bands of Wi-Fi, 4 x 4 MU-MIMO, and a ton of ports to connect your wired devices. A 2.4 GHz band with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps is perfect for older devices, and two 5 GHz bands at up to 2,166 Mbps support 4K streaming and seamless online gaming.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset
$75 at Amazon
You’ve got the best visuals, now enjoy the best sound. With PlayStation Gold Wireless you get active noise-canceling qualities in both the headset and your mid. That means you can play all your favorite online games and never have to worry about background noise ruining your immersion or mic feedback!