The PS5 It’s been around for a year now, and if you can navigate the wild world of PS5 restocks, it’s a powerful console with plenty of great games to play. However, unlike the Xbox Serie X, which sticks to the familiar Xbox One interface, the PS5 user interface has been redesigned from the ground up. As such, there are a few things to know about the PS5, and a few things to try. While trial and error is still the best way to learn how to operate a new console, here are some tips that the staff at Tom’s Guide have learned along the way.
Try the Astro game room first
I know, I know: the first thing you want to dive into is Spider-Man: Miles Morales or Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart or the Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, but trust us on this one. You’re going to want to spend at least a little time with Astro Game Room. That’s because this lovely little platformer is an amazing introduction to all the cool things the DualSense controller can do. (Make sure to update your PS5 controller for the best experience.) From extremely subtle haptic sensations to a built-in mic, rugged triggers, and more, Astro’s Playroom will give you a sense of the responsiveness you can, and should, expect. of the best PS5 games.
Transfer your saves from PS4
The PS5 is backward compatible with almost all PS4 games, but unlike the Xbox Series X, it won’t sync your saves manually. You have three options here: Transfer files via a network connection, PlayStation Plus, or USB. Network transfer is a bit tricky as you need your PS4 to be turned on and connected to the same network. For the other two options, go to App Save Data Management in your PS4 settings, then choose the upload or copy option. For the first, you will need a subscription to PS Plus; for the latter, you will need a FAT32 formatted USB stick. Check out our guide on how to transfer save data from PS4 to PS5 for a more in-depth breakdown.
Update your games to PS5 versions
This one is a bit confusing, especially since no two developers handle updates in the same way, but bear with us. Certain games, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Doom Eternal, and others, offer free PS5 updates if you already have the PS4 version. If you have a physical copy, simply insert the disc into your PS5; If you own a digital copy, visit the store page and see if you can download the PS5 version. (If not, download the PS4 version and you should get a message to update.) The process can be a bit tricky, but the improved resolutions and frame rates are worth it. Alternatively, you can just play PS4 games on PS5. This has the added benefit of allowing you to connect a PS4 controller to the PS5 as well.
Customize the control center
Unlike the handful of options on the PS4’s side menu, you can access a full “control center” every time you press the PS button. From here you can switch games, monitor your downloads, check your friends list, play music, it’s really up to you. This is particularly true, as what happens in the control center is entirely at your discretion. Press the PS button, then the options button, and you can customize your control center options. You can turn the console on and off, monitor network status, view notifications, and access many other useful features with just one shortcut. Simplified navigation can help you access more obscure UI features like how to display playtime on PS5.
The PS5 has an internal SSD with 825GB of storage space. This may sound like a lot, but between system files and large game installations, it has the potential to fill up quickly. There are two ways to increase your storage space: with the best PS5 external hard drives or by upgrading your PS5’s SSD. The former is easy, but you will have to transfer games from one place to another before playing them. The latter is more difficult, but you could theoretically get a much larger internal storage drive. The choice is yours, or you can simply delete and download games as needed, if you have a fast internet connection and high (or nonexistent) data limits.
Play with headphones
One of the defining features of the PS5 is its 3D audio functionality, which could improve even more in the best PS5 games to come. To be honest, how this works is a bit vague, but Sony reps have assured us that to listen to games with 3D audio, all you have to do is plug in a decent pair of headphones. This is true whether you connect 3.5mm headphones to the DualSense controller or a wireless headphone dongle to the PS5 itself. You can turn 3D audio on and off in the settings menu and choose from five different profiles to see which one works best for you. Check out our list of the best PS5 headsets if you’re also looking to invest in a new peripheral.
Play without headphones
Like the DualShock 4 on the PS4, the DualSense controller on the PS5 has a built-in speaker. Not many games took full advantage of the DS4’s speaker, but developers seem to be paying attention to the DualSense’s speaker, at least so far. From the squeaks and beeps of Astro’s Playroom, to the “thwips” of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the “buzz” of the near-miss crossbow bolts in Demon’s Souls, there’s a lot to hear from Sony’s new controller. If it’s unpleasant, you can always turn it off, but try it first. (To mute the DualSense sounds, simply press and hold the microphone mute button below the PS button for a few seconds. This will mute both the microphone and the speaker.) Make sure to charge your PS5 controller properly beforehand.
Browse the PS Plus collection
Sony still doesn’t have a complete answer to the excellent Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but their PlayStation Plus offerings are better than ever. Rather than simply letting you download a handful of rotating games, Sony has introduced the PS Plus Collection, which allows PS Plus subscribers to download and play over 20 beloved PS4 titles. From God of War to Ratchet & Clank to Mortal Kombat X, there is a healthy mix of genres and studios, and even the most ardent PS4 fan is unlikely to have played every game on offer. If you’ve never subscribed to PS Plus before, it’s at least worth a free trial. If money is an issue, you can take a look at the best cheap PS5 games.
A new feature on PS5 is the Activities menu, which shows incomplete activities in the games you are playing and can sometimes lead you directly to them. To be totally frank, the Activities menu will not be to everyone’s taste, as some players would probably prefer to figure out how to achieve the game’s objectives and trophy requirements on their own. Still, it’s a pretty inventive feature, particularly since just clicking on an activity can often get you there with just a few seconds of loading time. My advice is to give it a try and if you hate it, go to Game / App Settings and tweak the Spoiler Warning options. (You cannot disable activities directly, but you can hide their content.)
Configurar Remote Play
As with the PS4, you don’t need to play PS5 games on your television; You can also do it on your phone or on your computer. With the PS5’s Remote Play functionality (and a strong enough Wi-Fi signal), you can stream your entire PS5 experience to another screen. Just download the PlayStation Remote Play app on Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS, then check the Remote Play section of the PS5 settings. You will have to do a bit of magic on the net, but the apps will guide you through the process. While you can no longer stream content to the PlayStation Vita, you can actually stream PS5 content to your PS4, useful if you want to repurpose your PS4 as a secondary console in another room. We have a full tutorial on how to use Remote Play on PS5, if you have any difficulties.