How to enable and optimize HDR for the PlayStation Remote Play App

With the PlayStation Remote Play App, you can play games in HDR. To find out how you can turn on, as well as optimize, this display feature, you can take a look at guide here at Overly Technical.

1. Before we start out, it is important to note that HDR in the PlayStation Remote Play App is only supported by the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition system.

If you only have a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro instead, then you can only play games in SDR with this mobile application.

2. Furthermore, the phone or mobile that you are using the PlayStation Remote Play App on must also support HDR. Otherwise, the HDR games will be shown in SDR.

Depending on the device, you may have to enable HDR support in its menu.

3. Once meet the aforementioned requirements, then the next step you should take is to make sure that you set up your PS5 to be properly connected to the PlayStation Remote Play App.

If you haven’t done so already, then you need to do the following on your game console:

  • Turn on the “Enable Remote Play” setting by going to Settings > System > Remote Play.
  • Turn on the “Stay Connected to the Internet” and “Enable Turning on PS5 from Network” settings by going to Settings > System > Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode.
  • Go Settings > Screen and Video > Video Output and then set HDR to On When Supported. By using this setting, HDR will only be displayed for games that support this feature. SDR games will remain in SDR, which should look better, in most cases, when compared to SDR games being converted over to HDR.
  • Finally, put your PS5 in rest mode (alternatively, you can leave the system turned on).

4. Next, you need to open the PlayStation Remote Play App.

5. Inside of the application, you should sign into the same PlayStation Network account you are using for your PlayStation 5.

6. Next, you need to tap the gear icon located on top right side of the screen.

7. In the Settings menu, you then need to tap Video Quality for Remote Play.

8. From the Video Quality for Remote Play menu, you then need to tap the HDR option under the PS5 section.

9. After getting to the HDR menu, make sure you select Automatic.

10. Go back to the “Select the last console you connected to” screen.

11. You then need to select your PlayStation 5 console in order to start the remote play connection.

If you are seeing another system in this screen instead, then you need to select the Other Connections option first and then select your PS5 on the next screen.

After connected to your PlayStation 5, you should now be able to play games in HDR via the PS Remote Play App.

If you are using the Android version of this application, then you can play games using the picture-in-picture mode. To find out how to do so, you can follow the steps laid out in this article.