The Best HDMI Cable for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC Gaming

The Best HDMI Cable for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC Gaming


In the high-stakes world of gaming, every second and every pixel counts. Whether you're navigating through the expansive universe of the latest role-playing game, competing in fast-paced online battles, or immersing yourself in cinematic masterpieces, the quality of your HDMI cable can make all the difference. This is where Cable Matters steps in, offering gamers a unique advantage.

Your choice of HDMI cable not only influences the visual and audio quality of your gaming experience but also your performance in competitive gaming environments. With the advent of next-generation gaming consoles like Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, along with the continuous evolution of PC gaming, the demand for high-speed, high-fidelity HDMI cables has never been greater. 

At Cable Matters, we are committed to providing you with HDMI cables that are specifically designed to meet the rigorous demands of contemporary gaming. These cables are not just accessories; they are essential tools that bridge the gap between the digital worlds we explore and the real-world experiences we seek. Join us as we delve into the essentials of HDMI technology and uncover the best HDMI cables for your Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC gaming setups. Elevate your gaming experience to unparalleled heights, where every detail is vivid, and every moment is seamlessly delivered.

Understanding HDMI Cable Specifications

Navigating the neverending sea of HDMI cables can be daunting, but in the landscape of modern gaming, where the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and high-end gaming PCs push the boundaries of visual and performance capabilities, selecting the right HDMI cable isn't just important—it's essential for unlocking the full potential of your gaming system. Video cables are the unsung heroes of our gaming rigs, serving as vital connectors that transfer high-definition content from our consoles and PCs to our screens. However, not all HDMI cables are created equal. 

Take for example the HDMI 2.0 version, which supports bandwidth up to 18 Gbps that is capable of transmitting 4K resolution at 60Hz - marvelous for many gaming scenarios. However, for gamers pushing the boundaries of performance, HDMI 2.1 has proven to be a true game-changer. With an astounding 48 Gbps bandwidth, HDMI 2.1 can effortlessly handle 4K at 120Hz or even 8K at 60Hz, delivering hyper-realistic visuals.

Let's dive deeper into bandwidth. In the world of HDMI cables, bandwidth translates to the capacity of the data highway. If it's too narrow, your game's potential becomes bottlenecked. Modern games pack more data per frame than ever before with high-fidelity textures, blistering frame rates, and dynamic HDR. Gamers understand the demands of these ambitious digital landscapes and require HDMI cables that meet and surpass these requirements to ensure their graphical data is displayed, with precision, on the screen.

HDMI 2.1 cables offer a significant boost in refresh rates, even supporting 4K at 144Hz. This is a godsend for gamers who understand that higher refresh rates contribute to smoother transitions and a potential competitive edge in fast-paced games.

Each HDMI standard is characterized by distinct features and capabilities, identifiable by specific labels.

HDMI 1.4 introduced support for 4K resolution at 24Hz. The cables are commonly labeled as "High Speed HDMI". HDMI 2.0 increased the maximum TMDS per channel throughput from 3.4 Gbit/s to 6 Gbit/s allowing for a maximum total TMDS throughput of 18 Gbit/s, enabling it to support 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS). The cables are commonly labeled as "Premium High Speed HDMI". HDMI 2.1 significantly increased the bandwidth to 48 Gbps and supports resolutions up to 8K at 60 Hz and 4K at 144 Hz. The cables are labeled as "Ultra High Speed HDMI".

Best HDMI Features for Gaming

In the era of next-gen consoles and cutting-edge PC gaming, understanding the various HDMI features can elevate your gaming experience from standard to truly immersive. The HDMI 2.1 standard, in particular, packs a host of advancements that are designed to unlock full gaming potential—providing unparalleled visual fidelity, lag-free gameplay, and smooth refresh rates.

Best HDMI Features for Gaming

Gaming-specific features like Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) are must-haves for any serious gamer. VRR adapts the display's refresh rate to match the output of your console or PC, effectively eliminating problems like screen tearing and stuttering—issues that often plague rapidly-paced games. ALLM, on the other hand, actively reduces input lag (the time it takes for your in-game actions to be displayed), ensuring you are always in sync with on-screen activities. This is critical for competitive gaming scenarios where split-second reactions make all the difference and every millisecond counts. The average human reaction time to visual stimulus is 200-250 milliseconds. You'll be at a distinct disadvantage if you're 100-200 ms behind due to poor cable quality. 

Moreover, HDMI 2.1 incorporates Dynamic HDR. This technology optimizes every image by adjusting the depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and color gamut on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis, producing lifelike visuals that transport you directly into the heart of action-packed game sequences.

Lastly, HDMI 2.1 introduces the enhanced Audio Return Channel, or eARC, which can handle full-resolution sound. This feature supports the most recent immersive audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, thereby providing a more comprehensive and lifelike auditory experience during gameplay.

While shopping for HDMI cables for your gaming setup, make sure to choose a cable that has been labeled "Ultra High Speed.” This ensures that the cable meets the demands of HDMI 2.1 and provides all the high-tech enhancements that this standard brings to the gaming world.

What is the Best HDMI Cable for the PS5?

For PlayStation 5 owners aiming to unlock the full visual and performance capabilities of their console, the right HDMI cable is crucial. The Cable Matters Ultra High Speed HDMI Certified Cable is designed specifically to cater to the advanced needs of next-gen gaming systems like the PS5. These cables are built to support the highest demands of the HDMI 2.1 specification, offering a robust 48Gbps bandwidth. This high bandwidth is essential for enabling 8K resolution at 60Hz or 4K resolution at 120Hz, providing the smooth, crisp, and immersive gaming experience that gamers expect from their PS5. 

The cable is offered in a multicolor 3-pack, multicolor 2-pack, or black single pack. Each cable is certified to ensure it meets the stringent HDMI 2.1 standards, which include not only the bandwidth capabilities but also features such as dynamic HDR and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel). The certification process also involves an electromagnetic interference (EMI) test, guaranteeing that every single cable maintains signal integrity even in environments with high RF and EM noise, which is common in gaming setups laden with numerous electronic devices.

Construction-wise, these cables bring durability and quality with their gold-plated connectors that resist corrosion and ensure a consistent connection. The use of bare copper conductors and a double shielding technique comprising both foil and braid reduces signal degradation and interference. This meticulous construction assures that signal fidelity is preserved over the cable’s length, ensuring optimal audio and video quality reaches your display from your PS5.

The Cable Matters Ultra High Speed HDMI cables are not just about high-resolution video support; they're also equipped to handle high dynamic range (HDR) content. This means gamers can enjoy richer, more vibrant colors and deeper contrasts in supported games and videos. 

What is the Best HDMI Cable for the Xbox Series X?

For Xbox Series X owners seeking optimal game performance, investing in a quality HDMI cable can elevate your gaming adventure. One such cable achieving this feat is the Certified Active Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable (Fiber Active Optical 8K HDMI Cable) from Cable Matters, which flaunts impressive advancements in technology for enhanced gaming experiences. Crafted with precision and an eye toward the future of gaming, Cable Matters has managed to pack a punch in this sleek HDMI cable.

This Fiber Optic HDMI cable is precisely engineered to match Xbox Series X's rigorous specifications, enabling next-gen gaming like never before. An essential feature that sets it apart is its active chipset paired with fiber optic technology. The fiber optic cores extend the range of signal transmission, maintaining a stable quality without any interference at distances of 16.4ft/5m - 49.2ft/15m. Copper HDMI cables cannot match this performance.

Far from being ordinary, this cable is designed exclusively for the Xbox Series X, creating a perfect bond between your console and the visual display unit. Boasting a bandwidth of 48Gbps, the cable harnesses the Xbox Series X potential, delivering 4K gaming at a smooth 120Hz - mirroring the commitment stated in HDMI 2.1 standards. Combine this with its design, made explicitly for Xbox Series X compatibility, and you've got a match made in gaming heaven. 

However, to fully enjoy the benefits of this HDMI cable, some key details mustn’t be overlooked. This cable has a set directionality, meaning HDMI source equipment should connect to the SOURCE point on the cable, with TVs or monitors linking to the DISPLAY point. For LG 8K and 4K@120Hz television users, it's essential to update the television's firmware to its latest version, enabling support for 8K resolution and 4K at 120Hz gameplay.

Additionally, you may need to enable certain features on compatible TVs to use 8K resolution, such as Input Signal Plus, HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color, or Enhanced Format options. Whether engaged in absorbing single-player narratives or thrilling multiplayer matches, this cable guarantees an uninterrupted, clear, and fast-paced gaming experience.

What is the Best HDMI Cable for PC Gaming?

In the world of PC gaming, where graphical fidelity and performance are paramount, choosing the right HDMI cable can significantly impact your gaming experience. The quest for unparalleled visuals and ultra-responsive gameplay leads discerning gamers towards HDMI 2.1 Certified cables. Among these, the Cable Matters Braided HDMI 2.1 Cable stands out as the quintessential choice for gamers seeking to push their gaming rigs to their limits.

Cable Matters Braided HDMI 2.1 Cable

Delving into the specifics, the Cable Matters Braided 48Gbps Ultra 8K HDMI Cable is exquisitely designed for the future of gaming. It doesn't merely meet the current standards for performance but leaps ahead, readying gamers for the next waves of technological advancements. With a staggering bandwidth capacity of 48Gbps, this cable can effortlessly transmit 4K content at a refresh rate of 144Hz alongside dynamic HDR, ensuring every frame is rendered with utmost precision, color depth, and fluidity. Such capabilities mean that games enriched with intricate details and high-speed action are displayed flawlessly, enhancing the overall gaming sensation.

Achieving HDMI certification is no small feat. Cables that carry this designation, such as the Cable Matters Braided HDMI 2.1 Cable, have undergone exhaustive scrutiny at HDMI Authorized Test Centers. This rigorous certification process assesses the cables against the comprehensive HDMI 2.1 standards, covering aspects like quality, performance, and compatibility. This badge of certification assures gamers that the cable is fully equipped to handle the most demanding gaming scenarios without compromise.

Opting for an HDMI 2.1 certified cable, particularly the Cable Matters Braided HDMI 2.1 Cable, is a strategic choice for gamers aiming for the zenith of gaming experiences. By aligning with the strict HDMI 2.1 specifications, this cable not only supports cutting-edge gaming technologies but amplifies the immersion and responsiveness of high-end PC gaming setups, cementing its position as an indispensable ally for gamers who prioritize excellence and future readiness in their gaming endeavors.


In conclusion, the choice of your HDMI cable is a critical component in realizing the full potential of your gaming experience on platforms like the PS5, Xbox Series X, and high-end PCs. With technology constantly advancing, the HDMI 2.1 standard has become the gold standard for gamers seeking the highest fidelity visuals and the most responsive gameplay. It ensures that you can enjoy the latest features such as 4K at 120Hz, VRR, ALLM, dynamic HDR, and eARC, which significantly enhance your immersion into gaming worlds.

Shop for Cable Matters HDMI 2.1 Cables

Cable Matters has shown a commitment to this cutting-edge technology, providing a range of HDMI cables tailored to meet these exacting specifications. Whether your battles are fought on the sprawling fields of open-world adventures or in the tight arenas of competitive esports, the right HDMI cable serves as your unfailing conduit to victory and deeper engagement.

Future-proofing your gaming setup is not just about choosing the most advanced technology, but also ensuring that you have the best tools at your disposal. Invest in a certified Ultra High Speed HDMI cable, and be confident that your gaming experiences will be delivered with the utmost clarity, precision, and detail that you deserve.


Why do I need a specific HDMI cable for gaming?

Gaming, especially on platforms like the PS5, Xbox Series X, and high-end PCs, often requires high bandwidth to support features like 4K at 120Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC). These features enhance the gaming experience but demand more from the HDMI cable than typical video playback.

What are the key differences between HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 2.1 cables?

HDMI 2.0 cables support bandwidth up to 18 Gbps, suitable for 4K resolution at 60Hz. HDMI 2.1 increases the bandwidth to 48 Gbps, adding support for 4K at 120Hz and 8K at 60Hz, among other features like VRR and eARC, making it ideal for next-gen gaming consoles and PCs.

Can I use an HDMI 2.1 cable with any gaming console or PC?

Yes, HDMI 2.1 cables are backward compatible with older HDMI specifications. However, to fully utilize the capabilities of an HDMI 2.1 cable, the connected devices also need to support HDMI 2.1.

How do I know if my HDMI cable is causing issues with my gaming performance?

Common indicators include screen tearing, input lag, unsynchronized audio, or reduced video quality. If you're experiencing any of these issues and are using an older HDMI cable, upgrading to a cable that meets the HDMI 2.1 specification might resolve them.

Are all HDMI 2.1 cables the same?

No, while all HDMI 2.1 cables should meet the basic specification, build quality, durability, and additional features like braiding or gold-plated connectors can vary and may impact longevity and performance.

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