4K ultra-high definition is a must in the audiovisual landscape. The Sony PS4 Pro has been specially designed for these new TVs. Here are some tips to get the most out of 4K on your new console …
Today, if you need to invest in a new TV, common sense dictates that you choose a 4K TV. After all, we only change TVs every 7 years on average and by then 4K will have established itself everywhere. Because the technology is now mature, well standardized, and finally accessible to all with budgets that start under the psychological bar of 500 euros.
And if you opt for such a TV, then the choice of PS4 Pro is essential. The most powerful console in the world was created for this new generation of ultra-high definition televisions. 4K is the differentiating weapon of the PS4 Pro and is guaranteed to take full view of both games and video content. Because this is a recent technology and still little known to users, here are some useful ideas and tips to take full advantage of 4K on the PS4 Pro.
Start by acquiring a 4K-HDR television
It looks like a Lapalissade: to enjoy 4K on your PS Pro 4, you must have a 4K TV. Of course, the PS4 Pro works on all HDMI TVs on the market. But HD or Full HD televisions cannot offer more pixels than their panel has. Certainly, the significant power gain of the PS4 Pro promises smoother games (or even a little more beautiful by the use of more detailed textures) on these old screens, but only a 4K television can really transcribe the visual richness of “PS4 Pro Enhanced” games.
Even if you want to buy a new 4K TV, opt for a recent model with several “HDMI 2.0a” ports and HDR processing.
Connect the console to the correct HDMI port
The introduction of 4K-HDR was accompanied by an evolution of the HDMI port (the HDMI 2.0a version) associated with an evolution of the associated copy protection HDCP (version 2.2). Some of the first 4K TVs appeared on the market has several HDMI ports but only some of them are in HDMI 2.0 format, the others remaining in HDMI 1.4 format.It is therefore important to consult the user manual of your TV and make sure to connect your brand new PS4 Pro to the appropriate HDMI port, in other words to an HDMI 2.0 port.The use of the HDMI 1.4 protocol may indeed prevent certain video-on-demand applications such as Netflix from displaying their content in 4K. In addition, the HDMI 1.4 standard does not allow you to enjoy a 4K display at 60 Hz on games, this old standard being limited to 30 Hz in 4K.
Activate HDR mode on the TV
Remember that HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing is a technology that expands the color spectrum to improve the visibility of details, especially in the darkest and brightest areas of the image. For optimal rendering, check before purchasing your new TV that the latency optimization functions, often called “Game Mode” or “Game Mode”, do not deactivate the HDR functionality. Depending on the model, HDR mode may have different names: “HDMI signal: extended format”, “HDMI UHD color”, “HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color”, “HDMI Color Subsampling”, etc.
Update your TV’s Firmware
Remember to update the firmware on your TV, especially if it is more than a year old. 4K technologies have evolved a lot in the past few months and manufacturers have often had to update the internal software. Most 4K TVs update themselves by simply connecting them to the Internet via their Ethernet jack or WiFi connection.
Use the Premium HDMI cable supplied with the console
Not all HDMI cables on the market are created equal. To enjoy a 4K image in optimal conditions, it is important to use a good quality and latest generation HDMI cable often referred to as “HDMI Premium” or “HDMI 2.0 cable”. The PS4 Pro comes standard with such a Premium cable. Make sure to use the latter when connecting the console to your 4K TV. If you need to acquire a longer cable, make sure it is a Premium “HDMI 2.0” cable.
Use the optimal settings for the PS4 Pro
The PS4 Pro has been designed to get the most out of your TV regardless of its generation, whether HD, Full HD or 4K. Advanced settings are available to adjust the behavior of the console to the specifics of your television. But in the majority of cases, better let the console decide for itself which settings to adopt. This is indeed capable of automatically detecting the capabilities of the television.In the home menu, select the toolbox of Settings, go to ” Sound and screen “Then in the” Video output settings “And place on” Automatic »Each option Resolution, RGB range, HDR and Deep Color Outing.
Check your Internet connection
4K ultra-high definition uses four times more pixels than 1080p Full HD content. Who says more pixels, implies more bandwidth to convey movies and videos streaming from the Internet.The PS4 Pro has WiFi boosted to the “802.11 ac” standard. If you connect your console to the Box wirelessly, check that you have a latest generation Internet Box with “WiFi AC”. Otherwise, ask your operator to change the Box or use “WiFi AC” access points connected via Ethernet to your Box. Obviously the best speeds are always obtained by directly connecting your PS4 Pro to the box using an Ethernet cable. In addition, 4K content requires at least 15 Mbps of Internet bandwidth, a rate that is too fair for ADSL. In other words, to enjoy 4K streaming content you need a VDSL 2 connection or fiber. Otherwise, the solution will require a prior download of the videos before watching them.
Discover the “PS4 Pro Enhanced” games
With the arrival of the PS4 Pro, most of the available PS4 games benefit from technical improvements to take advantage of either a native 4K resolution or a dynamic 4K resolution. Your eyes will be amazed by so much detail and realism. These games are identified by the presence of the “PS4 Pro Enhanced” logo. Remember that all PS4 games, and therefore even those that do not bear the “PS4 Pro Enhanced” label, can be used on the PS4 Pro. The console uses Upscalling technology (oversampling) to automatically optimize the display of these games on a 4K screen.But PS4 Pro Enhanced games are specifically programmed to recognize and exploit the performance gain and the 4K display of the console. They automatically adapt their resolution, the quality of the textures, the subtlety of the visual effects and the on-board artificial to the increased potential of the PS4 Pro.Among the most spectacular games that take full advantage of extended resolution, don’t miss out on The Last Of Us Remastered, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Elder Scrolls Online, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, NBA 2K17, Nioh, Ground Infinite, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Thumper, Viking Squad, World of Tanks, Mafia III, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Watch Dogs 2.And you haven’t seen anything yet. The best is yet to come. The more the months pass, the more the developers will learn to harness the wild power of the PS4 Pro and exploit it for a visual rendering of the most explosive. The next “PS4 Pro Enhanced” games will only be more spectacular. In short, if you want to impress your friends, invite them to play these games on your PS4 Pro associated with your 4K TV!
Enjoy 4K content
Until now, 4K TV owners have often regretted running out of content that takes full advantage of ultra high definition and the impressive rendering of their TV. In addition to games, the PS4 Pro is also the best source of power for your screen in 4K content: videos, films, TV series, concerts, reports, etc.Netflix now offers all of its new movies and series systematically in 4K. Launched on PS4 Pro, the Netflix application offers an “Ultra HD 4K” section that automatically suggests ultra-high definition content. The same applies to the YouTube application of your PS4 Pro. With the proliferation of 4K cameras, more and more Youtubers and Vloggers (video bloggers) are offering their content in ultra-high definition. They are easily recognizable by the small 4K logo that appears next to the content. Even if YouTube automatically adapts its resolution, consider going to the playback settings to force the maximum resolution. And that’s not all, other content sources will arrive in the coming weeks. Thus the Amazon SVoD service, “Amazon Prime Video” finally arrives in France by the end of the year. As soon as it is launched, it will offer 4K content on the PS4 Pro.