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How to fix input lag when playing backwards compatible PS4 games on PS5

Last Updated on 04/02/2023

When playing a backwards compatible PlayStation 4 game on your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console, you may experience noticeable input lag. To see how you can potentially make your game more responsive, you can take a look at this troubleshooting article from Seeking Tech.

1. The first step we recommend taking is to make sure that the PS4 game you are playing doesn’t have any issues when running on the PS5.

You can check out the Backwards-Compatible website to see if your game is among those that are experiencing problems when being played on a PlayStation 5 system.

2. If the PS4 game appears to be fully backwards compatible, then you can try to see if there are any graphical settings you can change from the in-game menus.

In general, the performance or frame rate priority mode should feature lower latency. You can also try lowering the resolution or graphical fidelity, if these options are available, to see if doing so will improve the input response.

3. You should also make sure that you are using the game mode or game optimizer mode on your television set. These picture settings are designed for videogames as they will lower the input delay.

4. Furthermore, make sure that you aren’t using any HDMI splitters or HDMI pass-through devices as these may introduce latency. Instead, connect your PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition console directly to your television screen or computer monitor.

5. If your console is connected to a TV or monitor that supports Variable Refresh Rate, then we recommend enabling it as this feature may help fix some of the input lag problems you may be experiencing.

To enable this feature, make sure you do the following:

  • Go to Settings on your PS5.
  • From the first page of Settings, select Screen and Video.
  • In the Screen and Video sub-menu, select Video Output on the left column and then make sure that the VRR setting is set to Automatic on the right side. You may also want to enable the “Apply to Unsupported Games” setting as well.
  • On your television set or monitor, make sure you enable Variable Refresh Rate. For some screens, you turn this feature on automatically when using the game mode display setting.

6. You can also try plugging your DualSense or DualShock 4 to the USB port of your PlayStation 5 and then use it as a wired controller. In order to do so, you can take the following steps:

  • Plug your controller into your PS5.
  • Go to Settings.
  • In Settings, select Accessories.
  • From the Accessories sub-menu, select Controller (General) on the left column and then Communication Method on the right side.
  • In the Communication Method screen, select the Use USB Cable option.

6. Make sure that the PlayStation 4 game you are playing has been updated to the latest patch release, which may help improve input latency.

7. It is also a good idea to update the system software of your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console.