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Fixing God of War’s black border problem is simple

“BOY! Fix my settings!”

I have a confession to make: I played God of War for way too long with an annoying black border on my screen. At first, I thought it might’ve been an aesthetic choice. But after asking a few friends and co-workers, I found out that it most certainly was not. I checked the in-game display settings and even cycled through different picture sizes with my TV remote — nothing was helping.

The annoying letterboxing all around the screen in God of War
The annoying letterboxing all around the screen in God of War.
SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment via Polygon

Fortunately, the fix is extremely easy, although the question still remains: Why is it only just now that the game asked me to dive into my PS4 settings? Check out our step-by-step guide so you can rid yourself of those pesky black bars forever, should you be having the same problem.

  1. Go to the PlayStation 4 dashboard and go into the settings
  2. Select “Sound and screen,” and then “Display Area Settings.”
  3. Hold the up button on the D-pad until the corner markers can no longer expand any further, and you see only blue.
PS4 display area settings
Press up on the D-pad until you don’t see the black border anymore.
Sony via Polygon

And now, finally: bliss.

God of War’s main menu
Much better!
SIE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment via Polygon