How to know when to enable RGB Full Range in PS3

There is a lot of misinformation regarding the option “Enable RGB Full Range” located in the Display Options menu in the PlayStation3.

If you ask in a lot places around the net, the common answer it’s that you should have it enabled no matter what, because everything is darker, the colors are more “vivid” and the image is no longer “washed out”, but this it’s totally wrong. The reality is that you lose all the detail in the shadows or dark places and the colors are over saturated if your HDTV doesn’t support it.

Almost every one of the Hight Definition Televisions in the market are made to work only with RGB Limited Range for legacy support reasons. That means that they only display the range of color from 16 (Black) to 235 (White) instead of the Full Range (0 to 255). On the other hand, most, if not all, of the PC monitors are capable of displaying the Full Range because they are not limited by the Television standards.

The proper way to discover if you should have RGB Full Range enabled or disabled is to take this test image to your PS3; be it using a USB flash drive, downloading it directly from the BROWSER or any other way you want.

RGB Full Range Test ImageOnce you have it in the PHOTO menu of your PS3 you should enable the RGB Full Range option located in Settings/Display and see if you can distinguish all the 28 squares of the image.
If you don’t see them at first, you can try to raise the Brightness setting of your TV, but if even then, you can’t see all 28 (it’s ok if you can’t see the first two) squares, you can be certain that your TV doesn’t support RGB Full Range and you MUST set it to Limited.

It’s shouldn’t bother you if your TV only support Limited Range, because they are made with that in mind and the image quality is just as good that way.
Now enjoy your PS3 with the proper image quality without doubts.

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61 Responses to “How to know when to enable RGB Full Range in PS3”

  1. Ch3rokee says:

    Hi Dean, you have to see how it looks with the Test Image to get any conclusion, because from what you said, I think that your TV doesn’t support Full RGB and that you need more brightness to be able to see it correctly with Limited RGB.

    But we can’t be sure if you don’t test it with the Test Image.

  2. Dean says:

    Ok thanks. I will test it tonight. But, what about the HDMI limited and component cable? With them the image is good, but i don´t see diferences between them. Is a advantage to use the HDMI cable with limited RGB instead of Component cable?

  3. Ch3rokee says:

    The reality factor says that the difference between HDMI and Component is based on the quality of the components of the TV. On some TVs it can look better on one than on the other, or you can have exactly the same image quality.

    I like HDMI better because it isn’t affected by electromagnetical interferences, so you always get the proper picture, and it also transmit much better sound.

    In the end, I would use HDMI.

  4. Dean says:

    I tested the image test last night. I changed the settings to Full RGB and leave the same TV settings as i used with component cable. The image test was too dark, and i couldn´t see the first and second lines. Next a change a setting in my tv that is “BLACK LEVEL”. This setting offers two options: Low and High. With low the images is darker, with High the TV adjust the brightness and contrast to a image more clear. Then a tested the image test again and it becomes very good! I tried some games and the result was great. The image was better then with component cable and hdmi rgb limited.
    Thanks for the explanations and congratulations for your blog.

  5. Ch3rokee says:

    Thank you, I’m glad you found the best image quality with the help of my Test Image :). Such a simple concept and you may be playing with poor image quality if you never test it. ;)

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