The PS5, like the PS4, allows you to save video recordings of your games, and it is possible to change the resolution of these videos on the new PS5.
In some cases, you may want to keep the resolution at the default setting. For example, if you plan to share your clips on Twitter. With this in mind, changing the resolution is another of those hard-to-find features altogether.
With this practical guide, you will have no problem changing the resolution of your PS5 video recordings moving forward. This is assuming you want to save it in the first place. And even if you aren’t now, but think you may do so in the future, it doesn’t hurt to know where that particular feature is so you can change it if you decide.
How to change the resolution of PS5 video recordings
Head over to the settings menu
First things first, head over to the settings menu where the video resolution setting is. If you check out any of our other PS5 how-to guides, you probably already know that the Settings menu is accessed by clicking the cog button in the upper right corner next to your profile avatar.
You will also likely see this as a trend. Since many of the things that we will do on How to Guide will need you to take a trip to the Settings menu where many things are hidden that you can tweak or change.
Scroll to Snapshots and Broadcast
Once in the settings, scroll to the bottom of the settings menu and find File Capture and broadcast Section of the list.
Here you’ll find configurable settings for Snapshots, Streams, and Prizes. The Capture The menu is what you want, as you’ll find three more options. These include Shortcuts to the Create button, as long Screen Capture Format, And the Video clip format.
Since we are trying to change the resolution of the videos, the last option is the one you want. Click on that and you’ll see a slightly larger list of things you can change. Such as video file type, video resolution, and whether you want party audio or microphone included in clips.
Select manual recording resolution
To change the resolution for PS5 video recordings, click the Manual recording resolution option.
When you do so, you can switch between two different resolution options for the PS5 video recordings that you save. But as you have already guessed, this is only important for manual recordings.
Now you might ask yourself, What constitutes manual recording? Manual recording on PS5 is any clip that you save after starting to manually record gameplay. If you press the share button and then save the last clips, which capture a video for the last 15 minutes, that doesn’t count.
You will have to start recording, then stop recording manually and these videos are what you can change the resolution for. Your options here are 1920 x 1080, or 3840 x 2160.
Your only option to let the PS5 save recent clips, and use those instead of manual recordings, is 1920 x 1080.
PS5 HD recordings can only be saved in MP4 format
In addition to choosing between two different video resolution options, you have two file type options. Namely, MP4 and WebM. WebM is more efficient and allows for smaller file sizes. But MP4 is more compatible.
And if you want to save the recordings in 3840 x 2160 resolution, you will need to be fine with saving the videos in MP4 format because the PS5 will not allow you to save them as a WebM file.
This probably won’t be a problem for most people. And if you plan to share these videos on Twitter, it supports MP4. You can also trim the videos to fit the sharing restrictions on social media if you need to.
Change the resolution and frames per second of your broadcasts
If you get into the world of broadcasting your gameplay, you can change the resolution for that as well. Though, your options can be a bit limited here while at the same time being more extensive.
What I mean by this is that you don’t have higher resolution options than 1920 x 1080, but you do have more options. You can set it to 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps and 60 fps, then there are options for 1280 x 720 at 30 fps and 60 fps as well.