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Recommended X90L settings for PS5, Xbox Series X and S

If you got your hands on the Sony X90L or X90CL, then you can take a look a this Seeking Tech guide to see how you can set up this television set to optimize it for playing PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S videogames.

Compatible PS5 Features

With the X90L, the refresh rate is 120 Hz at both 1080p and 4K resolutions on the PlayStation 5. At 1440p, the maximum frame rate drops to 60 fps. Therefore, you want to avoid the middle ground display resolution.

This Sony Bravia television set also supports Auto Low Latency Mode, Variable Refresh Rate (from 48 Hz to 60 Hz or 120 Hz) and HDR10.

Compatible Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Features

For the two Xbox Series consoles, the refresh rate is also 120 Hz at 1080p and 4K while being limited to 60 Hz at 1440p. The TV support ALLM, VRR (from 40 Hz to 60 Hz or 120 Hz) and HDR10 as well for Xbox games as well.

While Dolby Vision is supported, it limits the refresh rate to 60 Hz at all resolutions.

How to optimize the X90L or X90CL for gaming

In order to get the most with your Sony X90L when it comes to gaming, you can take the following steps:

1. Connect your console to your Sony Bravia.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both come with HDMI 2.1 cables, which you should use to connect to either HDMI Port #3 or HDMI Port #4 of the X90L.

Since the Xbox Series S only comes with a HDMI 2.0 cable, you can use it to connect to any of the four HDMI ports on the Sony TV. You can also get a HDKI 2.1 cable and then connect the Series S to either the third or fourth HDMI port.

2. Next, use your TV remote to open the TV’s settings menu and then navigate over to the HDMI Signal Format menu. Select the HDMI port that is connected to your game console and then select Enhanced Format (VRR).

If you want to play or watch Dolby Vision content on the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, then you can select Enhanced Format (Dolby Vision) instead. Since not a lot of games take advantage of this HDR format, we recommend using Enhanced Format (VRR) as the default and then switching over to Enhanced Format (Dolby Vision) on a game-by-game or video-by-video basis.

3. Next, head over to the Picture section in the Settings menu of your X90L. Here, you need to make sure that the Picture Mode is set to Game, which reduces the input lag and enables Variable Refresh Rate.

This should also turn on the Game Bar, which is a quick settings menu where you can manually switch on or off Variable Refresh Rate, Black Equalizer (which may help you see better in darker games) and Crosshair (which adds a crosshair to the middle of the screen). There is also a Motion Blur Reduction option here but it is disabled when VRR is turned on.

In the same section, make sure you have Auto Picture Mode enabled as this will turn on Auto Low Latency Mode.

4. You should be done with the settings on the X90L side. However, there is still more work to do on the console side.

On the PS5, navigate over to Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output and then make sure you have the following settings set up correctly:

  • Resolution: 2160p
  • VRR: Automatic
  • 120 Hz: Automatic
  • ALLM: Automatic
  • HDR: On When Supported
  • 4K Transfer Rate: Automatic
  • Deep Color Output: Automatic
  • RGB Range: Automatic

On the same screen, select Adjust HDR and then go through the on-screen steps to calibrate the HDR brightness output of your console for the X90L.

For the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, go to Settings > General > TV & display options > Video modes and then make sure you select the following boxes:

  • Allow Auto-Low Latency Mode
  • Allow Variable Refresh Rate
  • Allow 4K
  • Allow HDR10

For Dolby Vision, you need to check Allow Dolby Vision and Allow Dolby Vision for Gaming as well.

Next, return to Settings > General > TV & display options and then make sure that Resolution is set to 4K UHD and Refresh Rate is set to 120 Hz.

You should then select Calibrate HDR for Gaming and go through the on-screen steps to tune the HDR brightness output of the Xbox Series console to match the capabilities of your Sony X90L.

You should now be fully optimized to get the most out of your PS5, Xbox Series X and/or Xbox Series S.