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What to do if the YouTube PS5 isn’t displaying HDR

The YouTube App on your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console should be able to display HDR on supported videos. If there is no HDR, then you can check out this troubleshooting article from Seeking Tech to see how you can enable this feature. 

1. For the first step, we recommend looking into the Settings menu of your television set or monitor to see if you have HDR enabled.  

2. You should also make sure that you have HDR turned on for your PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition console.  

In order to do so, go to the home screen and then select Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output.

From the Video Output menu, you should then make sure that you have the HDR setting to On When Supported.  

If you have the YouTube App currently suspended while you enabled HDR, then the changes may not be applied in real time. Instead, you may have to close the video streaming application and then re-open it again to see videos being shown in HDR format. 

3. If you haven’t done so already, we also recommend that you update both the YouTube App as well as the firmware of your PlayStation 5.  

4. It is important to note that, even if a YouTube video advertises that it displays in HDR, it doesn’t necessary mean that it actually capable of displaying the format. There are two ways you can tell that a video is currently being played in HDR format. 

For the first method, you can do the following: 

  • When the YouTube video is actively playing, press the X button on the DualSense to bring up an overlay menu. 
  • You can then press the X button again to pause the video. 
  • With the video paused, move up one time to highlight the name of the video. 
  • Afterwards, mover to the right a few times and then select Settings. 
  • From the Settings menu, select Quality. 
  • In the Quality for Current Video menu, you should see the letters “HDR” attached to the end of the video resolutions if you are currently watching a YouTube video in high dynamic range. 

Another way to tell is by doing the following: 

  • When watching a YouTube video, press the X button twice to open the overlay menu and then pause the video. 
  • Next, go up one time and then navigate several times to the right so that you can select Settings. 
  • From the Settings menu, make sure you enable the Stats for Nerds setting. 
  • A box should then appear on the left side of the screen. Here, you need to look at the Color section. 
  • If you see bt2020 in the Color section, then it indicates that you are currently watching a video in HDR format. If you see bt709 instead, then it means that the video is playing in SDR.  

If the YouTube videos are able to display in HDR format, but are constantly buffering, then you can check out this article to see how you can get them to play more smoothly without any interruptions.