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PS5 Screen Flickering Black: How To Fix The Display

PS5 Screen Flickering Black: How To Fix The Display

Are you distracted by the flickering black screen when you were just moments away from victory in your favorite game on your PS5? Even though PlayStation 5 is a great console, it still experiences some technical visual hiccups, but you can quickly fix it without breaking a sweat. 

If the PS5 screen is flickering black during a game, this occurs when the HDMI cable is damaged or the 4K video transfer rate settings are incorrect. To fix this issue, replace the HDMI cable with a new one or change the console’s 4K video transfer rate settings.

In this article, we’ll discuss why your PS5 screen is flickering black and explore some effective solutions to resume your gaming experience.

Why Is My PlayStation Screen Flickering?

Changing 4K video transfer rate on PS5

Many reasons contribute to the PS5 screen flickering issues, such as:

  • The TV or PS5 firmware is outdated
  • Incorrect HDR, HDCP, and RGB color settings on the console
  • Loose or worn-out HDMI cable
  • Incorrect 4K video transfer rate settings on PS5
  • Technical glitches or bugs
  • TV or console hardware issues

How Do I Fix The Flickering Screen On My PS5?

Updating PS5 in Safe Mode

To fix the PS5 screen flickering black issues, try the following troubleshooting solutions one by one.

Restart the Console

  • Press the “Power” button on your PS5 for a few seconds until you hear a beep sound.
  • Now, unplug the PS5 from the mains.
  • Wait 1 minute, plug the console into the power source, and turn it on to check if the flickering black screen or PS5 lagging issue is fixed.

Check the HDMI Cable 

Sometimes, a loose or faulty HDMI cable is the primary reason behind the flickering black screen on your console. 

To verify this, unplug the HDMI cable from the back of the TV and your PS5 and plug it back in securely. Moreover, check the cable for any wear and tear or use it in the different HDMI ports. 

If the issue still persists with other ports, replace the HDMI cable with a new one.

Note: Make sure you are using the original PS5 HDMI cable with 2.1 speed.

Configure the HDR Settings

  • Open PS5  “Settings.” 
  • Select “Screen and Video.”
  • Choose “Video Output” from the left panel.
  • Select “HDR.”
  • Now, select “Off” to disable the settings and see if this resolves the issue.

Change the 4K Transfer Rate

  • Head to “Settings.”
  • Choose “Screen And Video.”
  • Select “Video Output.” 
  • Go to “4K Video Transfer Rate.”
  • Change the value of the video transfer rate to -1 or -2.
  • Afterward, restart your console and verify the fix.

Disable HDCP Settings

  • Launch the PS5 “Settings” from the home screen.
  • Navigate to “System.”
  • Choose the “HDMI” option from the left side panel.
  • Toggle the switch next to “Enable HDCP” to disable the settings and see if this troubleshoots your PS5 flickering black screen.

Modify the RBG Configuration

  • Open the “Settings” on your PS5 from the home screen.
  • Now, go to “Screen and Video.” 
  • Choose “Video Output.”
  • First, go to “Screen Resolution” and set it to lower or higher, depending on your preferences. 
  • Now, scroll down to “RBG Range” and set it to “Limited” or “Full.”

Update The TV Firmware

  • Ensure that you’ve connected your TV to a stable internet connection.
  • Press the “Home” button on the remote that is supplied with your TV.
  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Choose “Support.”
  • Navigate to “Software Update.”
  • Select “Update Now.”
  • Wait for your TV to update and see if the display issue is resolved on your PS5.

Note: The exact steps to update your TV’s firmware might differ depending on your manufacturer and model. Therefore, always consult the official website or user manual for guidance and help.

Update the PlayStation 5 System Software

From the Homescreen:

  • Press “PlayStation” on the DualSence controller that comes with your PS5.
  • Scroll to the  “Uploads” or “Downloads” in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose your PS5 system software update from the list and follow the on-screen prompt to update your console to the latest version.

Using PS5 Settings:

  • Select the “Settings” option in the upper right corner of the home screen on your PS5.
  • Go to “System.”
  • Select “System Software.”
  • Navigate to “System Software Update and Settings.”
  • Choose “Update System Software.” and see if this fixes the issue.

You can also resolve the PS5 error code E2-80EC004A by updating the console software.

Using A USB:

  • Plug a USB drive into your PC and format it to FAT32.
  • Now, launch a browser on your PC and go to the PlayStation Supportwebsite.
  • Download the latest software update of your PS5 and rename the file as “PS5UPDATE.PUP.”
  • Next, create a folder on your USB drive called “PS5.”
  • Create another folder named “Update” in the PS5 folder.
  • Move the downloaded software update file into your USB’s “Update” folder.
  • Unplug the USB from the PC and insert it into the USB port on your PlayStation 5.
  • Press “Power” on your PS5 for a few seconds until you hear a second beep (This will start the console in Safe Mode.)
  • Scroll down and select the Safe Mode option 3: Update System Software.
  • Choose “Update from USB.”
  • Afterward, select “OK” to confirm.

Reset the Console

  • Select “Settings” on your PS5 home screen.
  • Go to “System.”
  • Choose “System Software.”
  • Select “Reset Options.”
  • Select “Reset Your Console.”
  • Finally, choose “Reset” to confirm, and the flickering black screen should be gone.

Note: Resetting your PS5 will delete all your games from the console and revert all the settings to default.

Consult PS5 Support

If none of the above solutions work and you are still experiencing the flickering black screen issue on your PS5, reach out to the PlayStation Support team on the official website for further assistance.

You can also call 1-800-345-7669 to get immediate support or reach them on Twitter.


In this article, we’ve explained why you are experiencing a flickering black screen on your PS5 and discussed a few quick troubleshooting methods to resolve the issue.

We hope one of the above solutions has worked for you, and you can now revive your sublime current gen-gaming experience on the console. 


  • Tauqeer Ahmed

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