How to Fix a PS4 HDMI Port

Solve signal problems on your PS4 console

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You may find yourself sitting down to a new PS4 title only to have nothing show up on your HDTV screen. Should you experience your system failing to display any graphics or have difficulty connecting to the HDTV, you may be experiencing issues with your HDMI port. The HDMI port is what allows your PS4 to connect with your HDTV and provides you with the best sound and graphics available. A quick and simple PS4 HDMI port fix is in order. Try these troubleshooting steps to get your game back on the big screen in no time.

How to Recognize a PS4 HDMI Port Issue

There are a number of ways to tell if you're experiencing issues with your PS4’s HDMI port:

  • The graphics on the screen are distorted or pixelated and the sounds are discordant.
  • Known as the “Blue Light of Death,” when you turn on the console, the system light flashes blue for an extended period before shutting down, indicating an issue with the internal hardware.
  • Seeing a “No Input” message on the HDMI channel the system is attached to or seeing a black screen, which means no video signal is being received.

If you're experiencing any of these issues, there is a good chance that there is something wrong with your system’s HDMI port.

Causes of PS4 HDMI Port Issues

There could be a number of reasons why you're experiencing HDMI port issues with your PS4, including:

  • The HDMI cable was accidentally yanked out with a lot of force.
  • Dirt and dust have accumulated in the port, causing damage and errors in video transmission.
  • The prong of the HDMI cable was inserted with too much vigor, bending the pins.
  • The HDMI chip on the PS4 motherboard has become faulty.

How to Fix an HDMI Port on a PS4

Troubleshooting is a process. Try each one of the steps below to see if it fixes your issue. If it does not, then go on to the next step.

  1. Inspect your PS4 and HDTV’s HDMI ports: The HDMI port itself resembles a half octagon and is located next to the port for the power cable on the back right of the PS4 itself. One of the most common issues is the HDMI cable not being fully seated in the port. Make sure the cable is flush with the back of the console. If any part of the plug is visible, your HDTV may not be able to properly connect.

    While you could try to fix physical issues with your PS4, it’s best to contact a licensed repair business or contact PlayStation to avoid invalidating your warranty.

  2. Check your HDTV: The problem may lie with your HDTV rather than the PS4 itself. Try connecting your system to a different HDMI port, hooking up your system to a different HDTV, or try a different HDMI cable. If all else fails, make sure your HDTV’s firmware has been updated to the latest version, or try unplugging it and plugging it back in again.

  3. Boot into safe mode and update system software: Much like how you can reboot your computer in the event of errors, you can also load your PS4 in safe mode to help figure out your HDMI port issues.

Your first step should be to update the system software by following the prompts, which may solve your problems immediately. Once the safe mode has been booted, you can also restore the default system settings, rebuild the database, and more.

If you're having internet issues or can't use your HDTV, you can even download the PS4 update to a USB drive and manually update the software.