Last week, the first major system update launched for the PlayStation 5. This System update PS5 added several features and improvements, including USB storage and cross-generation Share Play. However, the update has also fixed an annoying compatibility issue with 2020 Samsung televisions (and some 2019 models).
We already wrote about it in January the problem with the 4K120 signal with HDR on high-end Samsung televisions from 2020. The models that feature HDMI 2.1 had quite a few compatibility issues. We saw this before with televisions from LG and receivers from Denon and Marantz, among others. And since the launch of the PlayStation 5, Samsung televisions with HDMI 2.1 have not been able to handle the 4K120 + HDR images from the game console.
These were the new top models of the South Korean manufacturer from 2020 and some from 2019. These almost all have HDMI 2.1 ports. Images cannot be displayed in 4K resolution with 120 frames per second and HDR. And that should be possible on paper. For this new system update, users of a new Samsung television could choose between gaming in 4K resolution at 120Hz without HDR or gaming in 4K resolution at 60Hz with HDR. On the game console from Microsoft, the Xbox Series X, it works without problems.
System update PS5 has fixed the problem
Regardless, the major system update for the PlayStation 5 has solved this problem. All 2020 Samsung models with HDMI 2.1 can now play in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second with HDR enabled.