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PS5 Is Not Filling the Screen?: How To Get Rid of the Black Borders on Your PS5

PS5 Is Not Filling the Screen?: How To Get Rid of the Black Borders on Your PS5

A full screen is one thing that contributes to you enjoying a game on your PS5 console.

It is always a killjoy when your PS5 is not filling the screen. The black borders are just not right to be there, so you want to get rid of this display issue and stretch the screen of your PS5.

We have compiled below some of the reasons you have this problem and what you can do to fix them.

Why are there black borders on your PS5?

black borders on ps5

If your PS5 is not filling the screen, it’s usually because your screen does not match the base settings of the PS5 display build. It’s essential to note that the PlayStation 5 is designed for a 16:9 television screen or monitor; this means that if your screen is 4:3 or 16:10, black borders will appear on your PS5 display.

Also, certain games are designed to display at a different ratio regardless of the aspect ratio of your console, so even if your TV or monitor is constructed for a 16:9 display, you will still have black borders.

Furthermore, when the aspect ratio of the TV display is not set to fill the whole screen. If this happens, the TV displays the picture best for the chosen aspect ratio; therefore, you have black borders around the display.

Another thing to note is that it may present in two ways whenever your PS5 is not filling the screen. First, the whole image could be scaled down and smaller as the black border shows. The second is that some parts of the display may be cut away so that you are not seeing the whole image.

How to Get Rid of the Black Borders and Make Your PS5 Fill the Screen

ps5 controller

As described above, the problem is either from your TV, game, or PS5 console settings.

Game settings

As we discussed above, some games have specifically built-in displays. This means that the game has its defaults regardless of your console or TV settings, resulting in black borders. If this is the case, it is not advisable to attempt to stretch the Screen of your PS5. It may lead to a distorted image which will make the matter worse. Some of these in-Game displays can be changed. Please navigate to the game settings to check it out.

set aspect ratio to remove black borders on your PS5

TV Aspect Ratio

First, check your TV settings. You must ensure that the video output from your PS5 system is neither stretched nor cropped by your display. Depending on the brand you use, you should check and change the aspect ratio so that the display is set to full screen.




If adjusting the aspect ratio settings on your screen or monitor does not address the problem, you might have to change the display from your PS5 settings.

On your PS5

If your PS5 is not filling the screen, you can do things from your PS5 settings to remedy the issue. However, as we mentioned above, if your screen ratio is not 16:9, you will get a black border. If this is the cause of your issue, we recommend that you do not change anything because it may result in a distorted image.

If you still decide to change it, or you have a screen of 16:9, and you’re still getting those black borders, please follow these steps

  1. Locate the Settings menu on the Home Screen – a gear symbol in the top right corner. Using the X button on your DualSense controller, go to Settings.
  2.  Select the Screen and Video option.
  3. Scroll down the screen and click on Adjust Display Area on the right.
  4. To adjust the size of the display, press up or down on the D-Pad or the left analogue stick.
  5. Press ‘X’ when you’re satisfied with the aspect ratio

The goal is to get the four circles on the corners of your display as close to the display’s edges as possible without any apparent black borders. The four circles’ edges should likewise not be chopped off.

It may be necessary to toggle between changing the aspect ratio of your TV and stretching the screen in your PS5 settings before you get the exact point where your screen is filled, but your video is not chopped off.

If none of the above methods has worked, please check to ensure that you get your cables appropriately connected. If your HDMI is wrongly connected or not working correctly, you may have issues with the display on PS5. If the HDMI is not connected correctly, your PS5 will display white light.

In summary, the display of your PS5 plays a crucial role in how much you enjoy the game as the black borders may be distracting. Issues around your TV settings or your game setting may be to blame, and we have explained how to fix these problems and how you can stretch the screen on your PS5 to fill the whole display area.


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