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Recommended Sony X85K settings for PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

With the Sony X85K 4K HDR LED TV, you can play PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S games at 120 frames per second and with Variable Refresh Rate enabled. This television set also supports Dolby Vision on the Xbox Series consoles.

You can take a look at this guide to see which settings you should use in order to take advantage of these new gaming systems.

Before we begin, it is important to note that this guide should cover all screen sizes of the X85K series, which should include the following model number.

  • KD-43X85K
  • KD-50X85K
  • KD-55X85K
  • KD-65X85K
  • KD-75X85K
  • KD-85X85K

1. Make sure you download the latest firmware for your Sony X85K. One of the newer updates improves the Peak Luminance output when the Variable Refresh Rate feature is used.

To see how you can update the firmware for this television set, you can follow the steps laid out in this tutorial.

2. Next, you need to use the HDMI cable that came with your PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S to connect the console to your TV.

Keep in mind that only the HDMI 3 and HDMI 4 ports of the X85K support the full HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. Therefore, you need to connect your console to either of these ports.

3. Once you have connected your gaming system, you then need to change the HDMI format.

In order to do so, use the X85K TV remote and then go to Settings > Display & Sound > Picture > Video Signal. From there, select the HDMI port that is connected to your console.

In the HDMI Signal Format menu, you then need to select Enhanced Format (VRR). By doing so, you should enable the Variable Refresh Rate feature for your Sony 4K HDR LED TV.

If you want to play Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S games using the Dolby Vision HDR format, then you need to select Enhanced Format (Dolby Vision) in the HDMI Signal Format menu instead.

4. You then need to enable Auto Low Latency Mode.

In order to do so, use the remote control for the TV to head over to Settings > Display & Sound > Picture and then make sure that Auto Picture Mode is turned on.

5. In the same Picture menu, make sure you have the following features turned off:

  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • CineMotion
  • Motionflow

If you leave Ambient Light Sensor and Light Sensor, then the X85K will automatically adjust its picture settings depending on your room lighting. The CineMotion and Motionflow may add input lag and visual artifacts that negatively affect the image quality.

6. Next, you need to set HDR to Auto. To do so, return to the Picture menu of your TV and then select Video Signal. Afterwards, make sure you set HDR Mode to Auto.

7. Your Sony X85K should now be optimized for your PS5, PS5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. With that said, there may some settings on the gaming console side that you may need to adjust in order to get the most out of this 4K LED television set.

On the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition system, you need to open the Settings menu and then head over to Screen and Video > Video Output. From there, you need to set Resolution to 2160p, HDR to On When Supported as well as the following settings to Automatic:

  • VRR
  • 120 Hz Output
  • ALLM
  • 4K Transfer Rate
  • Deep Color Output
  • RGB Range: Automatic

In the same menu, you also need to select Adjust HDR option. You should then follow the steps that appear over the next several menus in order to optimize the HDR brightness output for your console.

On the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S system, open the Settings menu and then head over to General > TV & display options > Video modes. From there, make sure that the following settings are checked:

  • Allow auto-low latency mode
  • Allow variable refresh rate
  • Allow 4K
  • Allow HDR10
  • Allow Dolby Vision
  • Dolby Vision for Gaming

In the same menu, make sure that the Auto HDR setting is unchecked.

Next, go to General > TV & display options and then set Resolution to 4K. Afterwards, select Calibrate HDR and then follow the steps that show up on the next several menus is order to optimize the HDR brightness output.

If you want to mount the X85K to a wall, then you can take a look at this mounting bracket compatibility guide.