For a gamer, the type of connectivity plays a very important role in order to the create the gaming cave that they have always desired.
HDMI is perhaps one the most popular multimedia interfaces and is almost found on all sorts of devices ranging from gaming consoles and PCs to video capture cards and cameras.
It is for this reason that PS5 does not feature any other port than an HDMI port for its multimedia interface. But as far as the question of “how many HDMI ports on PS5 you get?” the answer unfortunately is only ONE. You only get a single HDMI 2.1 port on the PS5.
For starters, it is important to take note of the HDMI version as it plays a crucial role in determining the resolution and refresh rate the PS5 supports (4K @ 120Hz in this case).
While for a vast majority of gamers, a single HDMI port is more than you will ever need, others, particularly streamers, wish to have multiple screens – one for gaming and the other for interacting with your community.
Unfortunately, THAT is impossible without further investment in a video capture card and a dedicated streaming PC.
So How Many HDMI Ports on PS5?
As mentioned earlier, PS5 ONLY has a single HDMI 2.1 port on its backside.
This is an HDMI output port for connecting a video device like a monitor or a TV.
PS5 features no other video interfacing port such as DisplayPort, VGA, DVI.
For the vast majority of gamers, a single HDMI port is more than sufficient. Hence, there is absolutely no reason for a redundant HDMI port as that would add to the cost of the console.
Also Read: Does PS5 Have an HDMI Port?
PS5’s HDMI 2.1 – The Version of the Port Holds Great Importance
The good news is that PS5 features the latest HDMI 2.1 interface. While all HDMI ports may look the same, they are different in terms of the resolution and refresh rate that they can carry.
HDMI 2.1 can support up to 10K @ 120Hz display mode, however, on PS5 it is only limited to 4K @ 120Hz (since there are no games that can support anything higher than this).
The following table shows the different HDMI port versions and the display modes they can support:
|HDMI Version||Max Resolution||Refresh Rate||HDR|
|1.2||1440P||1080P = 60Hz|
1440P = 30Hz
|1.3-1.4||4K (4096 x 2160)||1080P = 120Hz|
1440P = 60Hz
4K = 30Hz
|2.0||4K (4096 x 2160)||1080P = 240Hz|
1440P = 144Hz
4K = 60Hz
|2.1||8K (7680 x 4320)||1440P = 240Hz|
4K = 144Hz
4K = 240Hz (DSC)
8K = 120Hz (DSC)
Of course, in order to enable support for the HDMI 2.1 compatible display modes i.e 4K @ 120Hz, you need to have a monitor with HDMI 2.1 input port as well.
Multiple Monitor Setup for Streamers
Having a single HDMI port is certainly an issue for seasoned streamers.
Many professional gamers who stream their gameplay to their audience have an active community that interacts during the gaming session live.
This warrants having a second display for the streamers to easily interact with their community
For PCs, this isn’t an issue since PCs have multiple multimedia ports for connecting multiple monitors.
For PS5 with a single HDMI port, this is undoubtedly an issue.
The only way to add a second independent screen (not mirroring) is to build a dedicated streaming system. For this you will need:
- A streaming PC – can be any average PC – does not have to be a gaming PC.
- A video capture card like the Elgato HD60 X
Source: Elgato HD60 X Video Capture Card
With this setup, you can have one monitor for gaming and the other monitor connected to your dedicated streaming PC for interacting with the community. You can also use software such as OBS for enhancing your streams on the dedicated streaming PC.
Of course, a dedicated streaming build for PS5 would cost at least, if not more than the PS5 itself. Hence, you have to weigh the monetary value of your streams in order to justify the expenditure.
Sol TL;DR: PS5 has a single HDMI 2.1 port and you cannot add more HDMI ports to your PS5.
There are two ways to add multiple monitors to your PC. One way is through mirroring using an HDMI splitter.
The second way is by adding an independent monitor using a video capture card and a dedicated streaming PC. This route can be quite expensive though.
The good news is that for the vast majority of gamers, you don’t need more than a single HDMI port anyways.