MSI Announces Console Mode for Select 1440p Monitors, Enabling 4K to 2K PlayStation 5 Support

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We previously reported that the PlayStation 5 doesn’t support native 1440p output, but MSI has come up with a workaround for Sony’s disappointing oversight.

Select MSI monitors (e.g., MPG ARTYMIS 343CQR and Prestige PS321QR) will feature an “exclusive” Console Mode that will accept the 4K signal from a PS5 and output it in 2K for improved image quality.

Early testing with 1440p monitors has revealed that the PS5 will render a game at 4K but downscale the image to 1080p, which is then scaled again by the monitor. MSI’s new Console Mode avoids this destructive process.

According to an AV Watch article, Sony did not add 1440p output to the PlayStation 5 because it wanted to prioritize TVs. There isn’t a technical reason as to why that resolution isn’t supported.

Original Press Release

MSI, the world’s leading manufacturer for true gaming hardware, is proudly expanding the hardware possibilities for all gamers.

Some of you might already know that SONY PS5 does not fully support QHD resolution output at this moment. This means that if you use the conventional QHD monitor, you only can choose the FHD resolution output on the QHD screen, the image quality will be worse. Nowadays, more and more consumers are choosing monitors instead of TVs to play console and PC games. For these users, the lack of QHD resolution output support is a hindrance.

MSI has heard the voices of these consumers and provided a relatively good solution. We designed an exclusive Console Mode for the consoles, which can automatically accept 4K signals on QHD monitor, and support HDR simultaneously. This gives you the best gaming experiences and allows you to enjoy console games even with a QHD monitor.

To avoid consumers’ concerns about whether their QHD displays support console HDR or not, we provided the following table for reference. We hope that this will increase the convenience of playing games.

MSI Console Mode Support List

Optix MPG341CQROptix MAG274QRF-QD
Optix MPG341CQRVOptix MAG274QRF
Optix MAG342CQR
Optix AG321CQR

The world’s first 1000R AI Gaming Monitor – MPG ARTYMIS 343CQR, comes equipped with 3440 x1440 resolution, 1ms response time, and HDR400 to fully utilize the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series. The visual experience brought to you by this performance enhancement is expected to be launched in December of 2020, and will also support the Console Mode function so stay tuned.

Tsing Mui
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