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HDMI Cables for Connecting PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS5 to Gaming Projectors

BenQ
2022/03/11
  • PS4 can be put on an HDMI cable is 1080p 60Hz with HDR, high-speed HDMI or HDMI 1.4 is more than enough.
  • PS4 Pro was designed with 4K 30Hz or 1080p 60Hz with HDR, it's recommended to go with a premium HDMI cable, or HDMI 2.0.
  • PS5 equipped with an ultra high-speed HDMI port, or HDMI 2.1, the aims to deliver 4K 60Hz-120Hz and 1080p 120Hz. While the majority of games are 4K 60Hz or lower, means a premium HDMI cable is still just fine for a PS5.
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Back in the 2000s when HDMI first emerged as a leading connection standard, the thinking was that all HDMI cables were the same, because the demands put on cables by devices were nearly all identical. That’s not the case anymore. If you’re using a BenQ gaming projector that’s capable of 1080p 120Hz or even 4K 60Hz, then you want to make sure you have the right HDMI cable for the job when connecting a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS5.

HDMI cables vary by generation and bandwidth. The HDMI organization has since then renamed versions for easier sorting and improved clarity. Thus, we have standard HDMI, high speed HDMI, premium HDMI, and ultra high speed HDMI. Let’s take a look at what kind of HDMI cable you need for each of the three current PlayStation consoles.

 

As a word of caution, whatever you do, do NOT purchase any cable that states “standard HDMI” on the packaging. Not only is this version quite old by now, it’s not capable of 1080p but rather 1080i, or interlaced. Similar, but not the same. 

 

 

What HDMI Cable does PlayStation Need?

PlayStation4 (PS4)

As the most demanding throughput a base PS4 can put on an HDMI cable is 1080p 60Hz with HDR, high speed HDMI or HDMI 1.4 is more than enough. You can even get 4K 30Hz with this cable, but the base PS4 doesn’t support 4K so that’s a moot point. 

PlayStation4 Pro (PS4 Pro)

We consider this the entry level console when considering the capabilities of high end gaming projectors. PS4 Pro was designed with 4K 30Hz or 1080p 60Hz in mind, and offers better HDR implementation than the base PS4. However, unlike launch PS4, PS4 Pro has lots of games running in custom resolutions between 1080p and 4K while maintaining framerates over 30Hz and often close to 60Hz. Thus, a high speed HDMI cable may not be enough. We recommend going with a premium HDMI cable, or HDMI 2.0. While HDMI 1.4 (high speed) has a bandwidth of 10Gb/s, HDMI 2.0 (premium) bumps that up to 18Gb/s, or nearly twice. 

PlayStation5 (PS5)

Equipped with an ultra high speed HDMI port, or HDMI 2.1, the PS5 aims to deliver 4K 60Hz-120Hz and certainly 1080p 120Hz. Nearly a year after launch, only a couple of games have managed to reach 4K 120Hz, while the majority are 4K 60Hz or lower. That means a premium HDMI cable, the same one we recommend for PS4 Pro, is still just fine for a PS5. Premium HDMI even supports 8K 30Hz, and that’s not happening on the PS5. Games in 4K 60Hz with HDR work perfectly on premium HDMI (HDMI 2.0), with room to spare. Note that the PS5 ships with an ultra high speed HDMI cable, so if you have that, use it. All HDMI versions are backward compatible. 

We consider this the entry level console when considering the capabilities of high end gaming projectors. PS4 Pro was designed with 4K 30Hz or 1080p 60Hz in mind, and offers better HDR implementation than the base PS4. However, unlike launch PS4, PS4 Pro has lots of games running in custom resolutions between 1080p and 4K while maintaining framerates over 30Hz and often close to 60Hz. Thus, a high speed HDMI cable may not be enough. We recommend going with a premium HDMI cable, or HDMI 2.0. While HDMI 1.4 (high speed) has a bandwidth of 10Gb/s, HDMI 2.0 (premium) bumps that up to 18Gb/s, or nearly twice. 

A Guideline to Connect Consoles with Gaming Projector

With the growing popularity of the new generation of consoles, 4K HDR gaming has finally become a commonplace living room reality. And gamers everywhere are wondering big screen size is for their PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS5 consoles connecting to gaming projectors.

If playing 4K HDR games on a gaming projector, there is a guideline you should know:

•        Make sure the output of the PlayStation is set to a resolution of 3840x2160

•        Make sure to select the correct HDMI color range (full or limited of RGB; YUV limited), and check the output of the PlayStation

•        Select a compatible HDMI cable for 4K HDR to connect your PlayStation to a gaming projector

Certification Standard

Version

Year Released

Characteristics

Remarks

Certification Standard

Standard

 

Version

Pre 1.4

Year Released

Before 2009

Characteristics

Will NOT support 4K or HDR

Remarks

 

Certification Standard

High-Speed

Version

1.4

Year Released

2009

Characteristics

Certified for

 

4K at 24/30 FPS

Remarks

 

Certification Standard

2.0

Version

2013

Year Released

Certified for 4K at 60 FPS

Characteristics

 

Certification Standard

2.0a/b

Version

2015, 2016

Year Released

Certified for 4K HDR at 60 FPS

Characteristics

*Recommended for PS4/ PS4 pro

Certification Standard

Premium High-Speed

Version

N/A

Year Released

2015

Characteristics

Stricter testing for 4K HDR at 60 FPS, expanded color

Remarks

*Recommended for PS4 Pro/ PS5

Certification Standard

Ultra High-Speed

 

Version

2.1a

Year Released

2017

Characteristics

Supported maximum 4K 120FPS or 8K 60FPS

eARC for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Remarks

*Recommended for PS5

What Happens If I Use the Wrong Cable?

The firmware on all three consoles continues to improve and offers smart bandwidth detection. If you force a PS5 to connect to a fast 1080p 120Hz projector using high speed HDMI (HDMI 1.4), the console will simply not make 1080p 120Hz available and will limit you to 1080p 60Hz. If you use HDMI 1.4 to connect a PS4 Pro or PS5 to a 4K 60Hz gaming projector, the same thing will happen. 

 

You won’t get blank screens, sparkles, or color shifts. If those occur, that’s a sign of a bad cable or that you somehow managed to force too much bandwidth on the cable, which is unlikely. Visual errors are by this point in HDMI and hardware evolution are nearly always signs of faulty cables or failing GPUs, and are very rare.

 

We hope this quick guide has helped you choose the right cable! Make sure to look at the packaging and read the specs, as those are clearly marked in nearly every case. 

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