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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

CurvedFlat
MPG ARTYMIS 343CQRPrestige PS321QR
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.

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5 Comments

  1. Why?

    Ok, I get there are some people that use monitors with their consoles. Sure. But why would you buy a specific monitor that can do this, when you could just go buy a 4K monitor in the first place? Or heck, if price were the thing, just buy the 1080 monitor and “avoid the destructive process” like that.

  2. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 23400, member: 96″]
    Why?

    Ok, I get there are some people that use monitors with their consoles. Sure. But why would you buy a specific monitor that can do this, when you could just go buy a 4K monitor in the first place? Or heck, if price were the thing, just buy the 1080 monitor and “avoid the destructive process” like that.
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    But hey!! It’s got Console Mode!!! YOUR monitor doesn’t have it! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ They might as well advertised that their monitors are also better because their volume goes to 11. YOUR monitor only goes to 10, but theirs goes to 11!

    In all seriousness though, I’m with you on this one. Buy a 4k monitor instead of this crap and call it a day!

  3. [QUOTE=”Space_Ranger, post: 23402, member: 52″]
    But hey!! It’s got Console Mode!!! YOUR monitor doesn’t have it! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ They might as well advertised that their monitors are also better because their volume goes to 11. YOUR monitor only goes to 10, but theirs goes to 11!

    In all seriousness though, I’m with you on this one. Buy a 4k monitor instead of this crap and call it a day!
    [/QUOTE]

    Or you know a 4k tv for a quarter the price of that 4k monitor.

  4. I dunno, I appreciate it. I ended up succumbing to the PS5 hype and ordered a unit, but recently got a 1440p (BenQ EX3203R). Was planning on using it on the BenQ (suffering with a blurry 1080 image) or repurposing my old 4K monitor as a dedicated PS5 display if it was too crappy. Now that I know it can ‘trick’ the PS5 into accepting it as a 4K display, I’m pretty happy with that.

    Not saying that I would purposely buy a 1440p monitor *for* this feature (I’d get a 4K monitor before that) but it is appreciated and should tide me over until a similar 32″ 4K monitor (with HDMI 2.1) is available.

  5. In the early 2000s I had a CRT similar to this one: [MEDIA=imgur]a/xfAsf[/MEDIA]
    Monitors with console mode? Bah! I was “Xbox Ready” with that VPORT son!!

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