The PS5 and the PS4 both allow you to save video recordings of your gaming sessions, and the new PS5 allows you to modify the resolution of those films. There are several situations where you may prefer to retain the resolution at its default value. Take, for example, the case when you intend to post your video on Twitter. Changing the resolution is another option that isn’t easy to find, especially when you keep this in mind.
If you follow the instructions in this helpful guide, you should have no trouble altering the resolution of your PS5 video recordings in the future. That is, of course, if you are interested in saving them in the first place. If you don’t need it right now but think you might see it in the future, it doesn’t harm to be aware of where this particular feature is located so that you can modify it if the need arises.
How to change the resolution of PS5 video recordings
Navigate to the options menu
Before you do anything else, navigate to the options menu, where you’ll find the video resolution selection. Suppose you’ve read any of our other PS5 How-To tutorials. In that case, you’re undoubtedly already aware that the settings menu can be entered by selecting the cog icon in the top right corner of the screen next to your profile avatar. This will very certainly become a trend in the future. Many of the topics we’ll be covering in our how-to tutorials will require you to make a trip over to the settings menu, where many of the things you can change or edit are stashed away in plain sight.
Scroll down to Captures and Broadcasts
Upon entering the settings menu, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Captures and Broadcasts area of the menu. Once there, click on the Captures and Broadcasts button. You’ll find settings for captures, broadcasts, and trophies in this section that can be customized. The capture menu is what you’re looking for, and it contains three more options than the others. There are shortcuts for the create button and the screenshot format, and the video clip format, among other things.
Because we’re attempting to adjust the resolution of the video clips, the last choice is the one you’ll want to select. You’ll be presented with a slightly longer list of things that you can modify when you click on that. For example, the file type, the video resolution, and whether you want party or mic audio to be included in the clips are all important considerations.
Manually adjust the recording resolution
If you want to adjust the resolution of your PS5 video recordings, use the manual recording resolution option from the settings menu. You will be able to choose between two different resolution options for the PS5 video recordings that you save due to this. However, as you may have suspected, this is only applicable to manual recordings in this case.
You could be questioned about what exactly defines a manual recording at this point. On the PlayStation 5, a manual recording is any clip you save after manually starting your gameplay recording on the console. If you clicked on the share button and then selected Save recent clips, which grabbed a video from the previous 15 minutes, it does not qualify.
You will have to start and stop the recording manually, and it is only for such videos that you will be able to adjust the resolution. The resolutions available are 1920 x 1080 and 3840 x 2160. The only resolution available for allowing the PS5 to save recent clips and use them in place of the manual recordings is 1920 x 1080.
Only MP4 files can be used to save higher-resolution PS5 videos
In addition to picking between two different video resolution options, you may choose between two distinct file types, MP4 and WebM, for your video files. When compared to other formats, WebM is more efficient and allows for smaller file sizes. MP4, on the other hand, is better compatible.
And if you want to save recordings in the 3840 x 2160 resolution, you’ll have to accept that those films will be saved in MP4 format because the PS5 will not allow you to save them in WebM format. This is not left to be a problem for most people for most components. And if you’re planning on sharing these films on Twitter, you should know that it supports MP4 files. If necessary, you can also compress the films to fit inside the confines of social media sharing.
Change the frame rate and resolution of your broadcasts
If you ever want to try to live stream your games, you can adjust the resolution to suit your needs. The downside is that your alternatives may be a little more limited here, despite being more comprehensive. You have no resolution selections higher than 1920 x 1080. However, you do have more resolution options than you did before. You can choose between 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second, and there are also options for 1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second.