The new PlayStation 5 will cost almost 500 euros – quite a lot of money! But at least the customers get a console that has it all. But Sony is stingy – because savings were made on an important element. That should annoy users – because they are left with the additional costs.

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PS5 without 4K and 120 Hz? Sony does without high quality HDMI cables

Both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 offer their users a lot of hardware power. Both consoles support a resolution of 4K ex works with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The problem: To be able to use this function, it is necessary a special HDMI cable labeled "Ultra High Speed". While the Xbox Series X comes with such a cable, Sony seems to have done without it with the PS5.

Instead, there is a classic "high-speed" HDMI cable in the box, which is actually not designed for the HDMI 2.1 standard. A corresponding unboxing video on YouTube confirms the assumption (from minute 06:10):

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Whether this is a incorrect designation on the HDMI cable acts remains questionable. According to the experts at Digital foundry The PS5 should come with a corresponding HDMI 2.1 cable, as they did not have any problems when testing with the LG GX9 – an OLED television with 4K resolution and a 120 Hz panel.

However, if Sony really does not include an HDMI 2.1-capable cable with the PlayStation 5, that should piss off many gamers with the appropriate hardware. If you want to use all functions, you would then have to buy an additional cable. These are available from Amazon for around 15 euros. This should be a nuisance for the impatient who want to start playing immediately after buying.

Both Xbox Series S / X and PS5 have tons of new features – these are the best:

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At the same time, one should not forget that many players are currently likely Don't have a 4K TV in your living room that supports 120 Hz. The number of those affected should therefore be limited for the time being.

Robert Kohlick
Robert Kohlick, GIGA expert for gaming hardware, PCs and laptops.

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