If you were lucky enough to hang the new Sony Playstation 5 on release day, fast enough to nab one when the stock resurfaces, or you’ve scored one for Christmas, the important thing is you have one. Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of next-gen console gaming! We’ve put together some not-so-obvious tips and features that will help you get the most out of your new console.
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1. Learn how to turn off the PS5
You can scoff at this first tip. How difficult can it be to turn off your console? I certainly didn’t spend 10 minutes trying to find the option, if that’s what you suggest! It turns out that you have to press the PlayStation button in the middle of the controller once; do not hold it down like you would on the PS4. After pressing this button, a menu will appear at the bottom of the screen and you will see the power icon on the far right. The menu rolls up, so it’s faster to go left.
You can also press the physical power button on the hardware itself, which is at the bottom if you have it vertically or to the far left if your PS5 is located horizontally on your media console.
2. Transfer files and games from your PS4
If you are upgrading from a PS4, you might want to transfer games, settings, and other files to your new console. You will be prompted to do this during setup, but if you skipped it you can go back and do it later. Before you start, it’s a good idea to plug the two consoles side by side and turn them on with an Ethernet cable to connect them (you can use Wi-Fi, but it will take longer).
When you are ready, go to Settings on the PS5, then System> System software. To choose Data transfer, Continue and choose your PS4. When Prepare for data transfer appears, you need to hold down the power button on the PS4 for a few seconds until it beeps. Choose what you want to move and choose Start transfer.
3. See how long you’ve been playing a game
Now it’s easier than ever to see how many hours you’ve spent playing PlayStation games. Choose your avatar at the top right of the PS5 home screen and select Profile, then the Games tongue. You will see the total play time next to each game with the trophy progress on the right.
4. make sure you are playing the PS5 version of a game
While you can play PS4 games on the PS5 it’s great, it can sometimes get a bit of confusion. Some older titles have been improved for the new console, so you’ll want to make sure you’re playing the updated version for the best experience. Take a closer look at the game title on the home screen. Any PS4 version will say PS4 next to that. You can also scroll right and choose Game library, then touch the Sort and filter icon on the left and filter your games by Platform.
5. Adjust your controller settings
The PS5 DualSense Controller is excellent and represents a real advance over the DualShock 4. The feel of the triggers and the range of vibrations add to the immersion and this changes dynamically in response to the action on the screen. The default settings are fine for me, but if you want to reduce the intensity of the vibrations or trigger effects, then head to Settings> Accessories> Controllers. Since you can use your old DualShock 4 controllers to play PS4 games on the PS5, there is also an option here to reduce the brightness of their indicators.
6. Get more immersive sound with 3D audio
A flagship feature of the PS5 is 3D audio, which allows game developers to pair sound effects with everything around you to reinforce the illusion that you are actually in the environment, but you have to use headphones. or headphones to enjoy it. 3D audio is enabled by default, so plug in headphones into your controller and you should hear the difference immediately, but you’ll want to calibrate it for your ears via Settings> Sound> Audio output. Under the option of Enable 3D audio, choose Adjust 3D audio profile and choose the one that suits you best from the five available levels.
7. Play Astro Games Room, Then delete it
Each PS5 comes with Astro Games Room installed and worth the trip. This fun 3D platformer is packed with PlayStation references that will give you a dose of warm and fuzzy nostalgia, but it also does a great job of showing what the new DualSense controller is capable of. When you’re done, you can free up almost 11 gigabytes of storage space by finding and deleting it in Settings> Storage> Console storage> Games and apps. Don’t worry, you can always re-download it for free from the PlayStation Store.
8. Get more storage space
One of the ways to improve the PS5 over the PS4 is to use a super fast solid state drive (SSD) for storage. Game segmentation and reducing the need for duplicate data also means game downloads should be smaller, but you can still fill the 667 gigs available pretty quickly if you’re playing a lot of different games. Sony has promised to activate the internal slot which allows you to add an approved SSD card in the near future. For now, you can plug an SSD or an external hard drive that supports USB 3.0 or higher into a USB port on your PS5. The catch is, you can only play PS4 games stored on this external drive.
9. Choose your game presets
You can save some time by configuring the games according to your preferences by going to Settings> Saved Data> Game / App Settings> Game Presets. You can select your preferred game difficulty, choose between performance or graphics quality, and change camera movement for first and third person, which includes the ability to set default reverse controls.