Modern gaming PCs feature the ability to run multiple monitors. High end video cards such as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 allow for high frame rates even when running at 4k resolution. The jury is still out on whether multiple displays make for a better gaming experience on PC. Some people love the additional screen real estate, others are annoyed by the bezels. This is one of the advantages of PC gaming. Gaming on Windows is flexible and customizable. This is also for some gamers exactly why they prefer console gaming. With consoles such as the PS5, things just work out of the box. There is no settings needed to be dialed in for best performance. You simply turn it on and start gaming in 4K with high framerates. The latest generation PlayStation 5 (PS5) from Sony has came a long way to better matching the graphics performance of a mid level gaming PC. The latest generation of PS5 is rated at 10.28 teraflops of graphics performance. With the increased graphics power comes better support for 4K and higher frame rates. One feature that a vocal minority was hoping for was multimonitor support. Does the PS5 support multiple monitors or TVs?
Unfortunately no, the PS5 does not support multiple monitors or multiple TVs. This is not a complete surprise since it was never a feature in the previous generation PS4. It is however disappointing to some gamers who were hoping the increase in graphics processing power would mean support for multiple displays. The current retail model has only a single HDMI 2.1 and no support for DisplayPort.
The choice to not support a second display most likely came down to cost. When a console is engineered, the goal is always to please the most people at a price that is attractive. Some compromises had to be made to hit the target $499 price point set by Sony for the PS5. This was the target price based on market research showing the upper limit on what the average gamer would be willing to spend on a next generation console. The high-end gaming space has traditionally been dominated by PC gaming. Instead, Sony smartly chose to target the middle tier market with the PS5 console. The amount of graphics power that is packed into the next PlayStation 5 is truly amazing for their price point. A PC with similar gaming performance would cost several hundred dollars more.
For the vast majority (98 % +) of gamers, support for multiple displays would have gone unused anyways. The most compelling argument for dual displays would be for offline multiplayer as an alternative for split screen. Offline multiplayer gaming has been declining in popularity and not even an option on many new titles. The choice to not support multiple monitors was likely a good choice overall. The extreme tech enthusiast is not part of the target demographics for console gaming. It never has been and probably never will. That is okay, at least the gaming experience on the PS5 is really good. The use of solid state storage makes games load almost instantly. The faster load times is one of the greatest changes brought forward by the latest generation PS5. The Sony PS5 is an amazing feet of technology especially at its price point of only $499.
Unfortunately no, the PS5 does not support 2 monitors or dual TVs. This is not a complete surprise since it was never a feature in the previous generation PS4. The current retail model has only a single HDMI 2.1 and no support for DisplayPort.
No you do not need a monitor or TV with HDMI 2.1 to play PS5. Any modern TV or monitor with HDMI will work properly with the PS5. HDMI 2.1 is used for delivering 4K at up to 120 FPS on higher end displays.
The PS5 works perfectly fine with all monitors that support HDMI 2.0. HDMI 2.0 will support 4K resolution at up to 60 Hz refresh rates. This is more than enough for a very good gaming experience on the PS5 console.