14 Things Every New PS5 Owner Should Try Or Consider

A PlayStation 5 is shown in front of a grid background.

Owning a new console can be an awesome thing. Let us guide you through some early steps of owning a PS5.Image: Sony / Kotaku

If you’re studying this, which means you’ve managed to lastly discover a PlayStation 5. Which, according to Sony, is only going to turn out to be more common because it claims its overcome these pesky supply points. While some of us are probably leaping from PlayStation 4 to the brand new console, there will be many who’re completely unfamiliar with the system, its video games, and its companies, and might want a guiding hand on the place to get started. Well, I’ve been taking half in the thing because it launched in November 2020, so let me reduce via a variety of the noise and give you some recommendations on the method to get probably the most out of your PlayStation 5 on day one.

Set it up properly

First off, when you get the PlayStation 5 out of its field, you’ll notice it comes with a stand that can permit you to set it up either standing up straight or laying on its aspect. Obviously, which means you choose to set it up will likely be determined by your leisure center’s structure, but if you’re going to go horizontal, ensure you don’t observe former Kotaku staffer Ari Notis’ lead and put the thing the incorrect method up. If you’ve the model with a disc drive, the aspect with the disc slot goes on the underside. Yeah, it seems bizarre and you’re proper to hate it, however it’s how the console is meant to put on its facet. Sony forgot this itself once and pulled an ad that featured an upside down PlayStation 5. It was embarrassing for them, and it will be embarrassing for you if someone who knows better sees it.

An upside-down PlayStation 5 in an entertainment center is shown with a zoomed in look at the console superimposed.

If your PS5 is sitting like this, you’re doing it mistaken.Screenshot: Sony / Kotaku

Tweak your accessibility settings

For people who must make adjustments to the PlayStation 5’s baseline accessibility, the system’s Accessibility choices discovered in the Settings menu is pretty thorough. It has options to invert and proper colours, change text measurement and intensity, allow a display reader or display closed captions, and choose an intensity for the DualSense controller’s vibrations and haptic suggestions. It’s a good place to start for any PlayStation 5 person, as setting these items to your liking now means you’ll run into fewer issues later.

Turn off the screenshot notification

If, like myself, you’re a screenshot sicko and all the time hitting that share button when you’re taking part in games, one of the first issues you should do before you play any games is turn off the PS5’s screenshot notification icon. The reason for it is because, not like the Switch, Xbox, and Steam, PlayStation screenshots make a full seize of everything on the display at the moment you hit the button, rather than just the sport you’re taking part in.

For plenty of early adopters, the PlayStation 5’s screenshot affirmation notification was a menace, because it made rapidly taking screenshots a ache in the ass as a result of it might linger simply long sufficient to get in the way of nice photographs. Then, by the time it was gone, the image you had been making an attempt to capture had come and gone. Sony didn’t give customers the choice to turn the notification off entirely until just under a 12 months after the console launched, and it’s nonetheless on by default.

To flip it off, go to the Settings menu, scroll right down to the bottom and click on Captures and Broadcasts. Here you’ll find the Captures menu, which has one choice known as “Shortcuts for Create Button.” In that menu, there’s a switch you possibly can flip next to “Display Save Confirmation for Screenshots,” and let’s go forward and switch that off before we do anything else.

While you’re in the Captures and Broadcasts menu, it’s also value remapping the screenshot and video seize button, as properly, because the default options are additionally weirdly incongruous with how other methods operate. From the Captures tab, go to Shortcuts for Create Button. The first selection is for button mapping, and you’ll wish to change this from the standard setup to Easy Screenshots. This will let you take screenshots instantly with a single press of the create button, somewhat than having to hold it down. This makes it simple to ensure your timing is right and to take multiple screenshots in a brief time period. This, on top with removing the screenshot notification, is the best way to capture screenshots.

Customize your general notifications

While you’re right here within the Settings menu, it’s most likely additionally value messing around with some broader settings, like your notifications. Personally, I’ve turned plenty of my PS5’s notifications off because the novelty of being made conscious of my friends’ online standing wore off in the Xbox 360 era. But the notifications menu has a fair amount of choices to customise what you do and don’t wish to be notified of while you’re enjoying games, as well as whenever you need to be notified about them. This contains basic sport notifications like if you earn a trophy, social options like pal requests and sport invitations, and even game-specific updates like when one thing in your wishlist has been up to date ultimately. Once right here, you can set certain parameters for when the notifications will pop, similar to hiding them throughout games, while watching movies, or broadcasts.

A screen showing different notification types for the PlayStation 5, with options for when they appear.

The PS5 has a good quantity of noise it can make, however it could be as quiet or loud as you want.Screenshot: Sony / Kotaku

Activate Automatic Updates

Something you positively must be cognizant of on this digital age is whether or not your system and video games are getting updated properly. In the case of online games, you won’t be able to play them in any respect if you’ve not downloaded the most recent patch or system software replace. Sometimes these updates don’t begin downloading except you’ve turned the console on, but you possibly can set them to download routinely whereas the PS5 is in relaxation mode, and that’s what you want.

To turn computerized updates on in your system software program, go to the settings wheel, click on the System menu, navigate over to System Software Update and Settings and make sure both Download Update Files Automatically and Install Update Files Automatically are flipped on. For game updates, go to the Settings menu, scroll down to Saved Data and Game/App Settings, and you’ll find a tab for Automatic Updates. Make positive both Auto-Download and Auto-Install in Rest Mode are turned on.

Link your different services

The PlayStation 5 is mostly a gaming box, however it connects to other providers, such as music, streaming, and social media. If you need to join your other accounts to your PS5, head to the Settings menu, click on Users and Account. Here, you’ll see a Link with Other Services menu, which permits you to connect your Apple Music or Spotify account to hearken to music whilst you play, Twitch to stream natively from your system, and Twitter and YouTube to share gameplay screenshots and clips. If you use any of these services, it’s good to signal into these early on so you won’t be caught up typing your username and password whenever you actually need those features.

Login automatically

If you’re the one person using your PS5, you can save yourself a few seconds each time you turn on your console by setting it for your profile to log in mechanically. In the Users and Accounts part, scroll all the method down to Login Settings and flip the switch subsequent to “Log In to PS5 Automatically.” This will be applied to no matter account you’re logged into whenever you switch it on. So in case you have a number of accounts on the console, ensure you’re utilizing the one you need this to use to.

Consider a storage capacity upgrade

Fact: Games today are bigger than ever. On paper, the PS5 has an 825GB solid-state drive (SSD). But a chunk of that’s occupied by the working system and other system-essential information, leaving about 667GB for your personal use—in other phrases, like, two Ubisoft video games plus half a Call of Duty. And you’ll probably lose some to the elusive and unspecified “other” class of your storage capability.

A PS5's storage menu shows 67.4GB of space occupied by "Other" storage.

The “other” area, which doesn’t have an official description, can simply eat up 10 p.c of your out there cupboard space.Screenshot: Sony / Kotaku

You can put money into an exterior drive, nevertheless it comes with limitations. Though you possibly can store PS5 video games externally, you can’t play them off USB storage, and will have to move them again to your console’s storage to play—faster than re-downloading from scratch, but nonetheless slower than clicking the “X” button and waiting 10 seconds for the sport to load. (PS4 games work just nice from USB storage, albeit load a bit slower.) To actually beef up your storage capability, you want to install an SSD improve. It’s not as challenging as you’d think. All you want is a screwdriver, a compatible M.2 drive, and about 10 minutes of free time.

Check the PlayStation Plus subscriptions

If you’re model new to the PlayStation console, or trying to get probably the most out of your new system after upgrading, it’s worth looking through the totally different tiers of PlayStation Plus.PS5 positive aspects access to a bigger catalog than PS4, as it will have entry to the PS5 video games supplied as part of the subscription, as well. If you’re only thinking about online play and two “free” video games a month, the usual PlayStation Plus Essentials package deal will be more than enough, and can be purchased either month-to-month for $9.99, quarterly for $24.99, or yearly for $59.99. The next tier up is PlayStation Plus Extra, which includes all of the above, as well as a catalog of around 400 PS4 and PS5 video games you could obtain to your system and play as lengthy as you maintain a subscription. Extra will run you $14.99 monthly, $39.99 quarterly, and $99.99 to subscribe for a yr.

The highest tier is called PlayStation Plus Premium, and not solely does it have the 400 downloadable video games, it additionally consists of over 300 additional video games from the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP catalogs. Notably, the PS3 games can solely be streamed to your console presently, so when you don’t have an web connection that may deal with that (Sony recommends no much less than a 5 mbps obtain velocity to stream video games, however speaking personally from having lived in an area the place the most effective I may get was a 15 mbps download pace and still had bother, your mileage may vary), it won’t be worth the additional money if you’re hoping to stream games. Premium costs $17.99 month-to-month, $49.99 quarterly, and $119.99 for a 12 months.

Kratos and Atreus walk on a snowy mountaintop in God of War on PS4 playing on a PS5.

“Ain’t no mountain excessive sufficient to maintain me from attending to you (the place my wife desires me to scatter her ashes).”Screenshot: Sony

Check the PlayStation Plus Collection

If you’re waiting for me to get to the half about really taking half in the games, the reason we’ve held off on that so far here is because of the PS5-exclusive perk known as the PlayStation Plus Collection. If you seemed at the numerous subscription tiers and decided to place the cash down, you’ll also achieve access to a separate assortment of PS4 games as part of your sub. There aren’t a ton, however there are some fairly vital PS4 heavy hitters right here that you simply don’t need to buy outright. Whether that be taking part in God of War earlier than shopping for Ragnarök, or taking the extra financial route of enjoying The Last of Us: Remastered as an alternative of buying the Part I remake, the PlayStation Plus Collection is a good, relatively low cost method to expertise some excessive points in the PS4’s catalog as an alternative of going off and buying them.

While PlayStation Plus Premium has been a contentious addition for some, however as a new PS5 proprietor, it and the PlayStation Plus Collection are fairly value efficient ways to try out lots of video games if you’re a brand new PS5 owner. So see what’s within the catalog and keep track of what you’ll find a way to play without having to purchase outright.

Download some free-to-play games

If you’ve subscribed to PlayStation Plus at this level, you’ve already got an unreasonable amount of games to play on your PS5 without having really bought something, however the PS5 has plenty of free-to-play games, as well. This includes competitive games like Fortnite and Overwatch 2, story-driven service video games like Warframe, and even The Sims 4, which simply just lately went free-to-play. Keep in mind there will be microtransactions in these games, however they’re still one thing you can begin without having to throw down a full $70 on a sport right out of the gate.

Get back old save files

For those new PS5 house owners who were as soon as PS4 owners, there are a few choices to obtain your PS4 saved information to your new console. This could be accomplished by migrating it to an external hard drive to add to your PS5, or by using the PS5’s native switch function, though this does require you to nonetheless have the PS4. In the System menu, go to System Software, then Data Transfer. Make positive each systems are on and connected to the same wifi network. Then comply with the directions on screen.

If you don’t nonetheless have the PS4 but have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you possibly can transfer via the service’s cloud storage. You’ll discover this within the Saved Data and Game/App Settings menu, which has tabs for accessing saved information for both PS5 and PS4 video games. Click over to the Cloud Storage option and choose which video games you need to obtain your saved knowledge for. While you’re right here, make sure the Auto-Upload choice is turned on for both PS4 and PS5 saved knowledge, as this will maintain you from having to manually addContent saved files to your PS Plus account.

Astro runs down a beach away from purple enemies in Astro's Playroom on PS5.

“Let’s go, lesbians!”Screenshot: Sony

Play Astro’s Playroom

Now, we can begin playing some video games. But you must play Astro’s Playroom first. It comes pre-installed in all PS5 units, and it’s a triple menace. It’s a pleasant platformer, an excellent guided tour by way of the DualSense’s varied haptic features, and a cute tribute to the history of PlayStation.

Playing Astro’s Playroom was an enjoyable early PS5 expertise once I performed it at launch.Not solely was it enjoyable to see its recreations of PlayStation characters utilizing its robotic star, but it also gave me a chance to totally perceive the capabilities of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Even earlier than you leap into the sport itself, it has a full blown demo part the place it’s going to let you test out these features for your self. It’s a great first-time experience for people who need to know what it’s wish to feel the controller vibrate contextually with a recreation, or feel a set off push again as you hearth a weapon. And, if you’re like me, it might additionally inform you these options aren’t for you, and you’ll turn them off, like I did. It’s a fantastic game and a stable litmus take a look at for whether or not or not these impressive options really add anything to your gaming experience. So it’s a great place to begin out your PS5 journey.

But what video games come next?

Of course, what every new console owner needs to know is what are the best video games on the system? What are the heaviest hitters that are probably not fairly on these companies which may be price your time and money? Luckily, Kotaku has a spherical up of the 15 biggest standouts from the console’s first two years proper here, featuring the likes of God of War Ragnarök, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring.

Admittedly, several of these have been cross-generation with the PS4, but they’re nonetheless great video games in their very own right. We’re still in the transition part between generations the place a real PS5 unique is few and far between, but 2023 appears to be the yr Sony and other studios are finally getting comfortable leaving the PS4 behind. So it’s a great factor you’re here now, newcomer, because it looks like the PS5 is going to begin hitting its stride this 12 months.

As an individual who got a PlayStation 5 at launch and spent lots of these early months simply taking part in PS4 games on it, it is a bit staggering to see just how much is available for a reasonably low price for new players in 2023. Between PlayStation Plus Premium and other free-to-play video games, you’ll be able to play lots of really nice video games without having to pay $70 for a full-priced sport and get a lot out of the system. If you bought a PS5, you probably bought a couple boxed video games to go along with it. But in this subscription-based market, it’s good to focus on your options before you start spending too much when cheaper options are on the market. PlayStation is in an interesting, if a bit divisive place proper now, however make no mistake, the system has so much to offer if you’re wanting in the right locations.

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