The PS5 has been out for a few years, and if you’re lucky enough to have one, you’re probably familiar with it pretty well. At its core, the PS5 is a fairly simple console. You can download and play games; you can watch a handful of streaming media apps; and you can connect with your friends online.
What you might not know, however, is that the PS5 offers a lot of great options if you dig into the menus. While none of these features drastically change the way you use your PS5, they could make your experience a bit more convenient overall. Read on to learn about 10 hidden PS5 features that might come in handy.
Play games for free
It’s no secret that the PS5 has a number of popular free games, such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Genshin Impact. However, there are around 100 PS5 F2P games out there, some of which you might not even have heard of. To see the full list, head to the PlayStation Store and open the All Free Games category. Then scroll down until you see something that catches your interest. There are multiplayer shooters, of course, but you’ll also find sims, RPGs, sports games and more. Since they’re free, all you’re risking is a bit of your time, and you should be able to find something to your liking.
Change or disable DualSense features
The DualSense controller is arguably one of the PS5’s most controversial features. Some gamers love it for its subtle and innovative haptics; some resent its overbearing and distracting trigger mechanisms. Whatever your opinion of the DualSense, you can customize its intensity to suit your tastes. In the Accessibility or Accessories menu, you can select the Controllers option and then customize the vibration and trigger effect intensities. If you are unsure about these features, you can make them more subtle. if you absolutely despise them, you can disable them altogether. It won’t change the physical design of the DualSense, but it’s a start.
Track the prices on your wishlist
Console games are expensive. There is simply no way around it. Top-tier games debut around $70, and they can last for years without a substantial price drop. If you want to save money, your best bet is to wait for a sale. Still, PlayStation Store sales tend to be a bit scattered, and having to keep tabs on a game you want is annoying. Instead, you can simply add the game to your wishlist by selecting the little heart-shaped logo right next to the price on the PlayStation Store. This way, you will receive notifications if the price of the game drops, and then you can collect it.
Set your default game settings
Of all the PS5 tips on this list, this one could theoretically save you the most time. If you check out the Saved Data and Game/App Settings submenu, you’ll find a section called Game Presets. Here you can choose the default options you want to use each time you start a new game. These include difficulty settings, performance or resolution modes, reverse controls for first and third person views, and whether you want subtitles. Not every game will fully recognize your choices, so you’ll have to double-check Sony’s work. But if you know in advance what type of difficulty, frame rate, and audio settings you like in each game, this one will save you some tedious work.
Listen to 3D audio without headphones
This feature is a bit experimental, but you have nothing to lose by trying it out. A big advantage of the PS5 over the PS4 is its inclusion of 3D audio, which theoretically makes games more immersive when wearing headphones. However, the PS5 also offers a 3D audio setting for the TV speakers, which you can enable in the Sound menu under Audio Output. Just flip the toggle and the PS5 will prompt you to calibrate the system. Be warned that this involves quite loud and annoying sounds, so prepare your ears in advance. If 3D audio isn’t to your liking, just flip the toggle to turn it off.
Stop wasting space on trophy captures
For some reason, the PS5 insists on taking screenshots and short video clips every time you get a trophy, no matter how trivial. If left unchecked, this can consume tens of gigabytes of storage space. Frankly, unless you’re using some sort of streaming channel, there’s no real reason to save video clips of every trophy you’ve unlocked. (Screenshots don’t take up much space, so use your own discretion on this.) To disable this practice, go to the Trophies menu under Captures and Broadcast. From here, you can customize whether you want screenshots or videos for trophies, as well as customize options for trophy rating and video length.
Customize the Control Center
The PS5 interface is generally a bit more cluttered than the PS4 interface, which has caused consternation among fans. However, you can simplify things yourself by pressing a few buttons. On the Home screen, press the PS button on the DualSense controller, then press the Options button. This will allow you to select which features you want from the control center ribbon at the bottom of the screen, and which you don’t. For example: you’ll probably want front and center power options, and you’ll want audio options if you switch between headphones and speakers often. But you can do without parties if you don’t use multiplayer etc.
Connect a mouse and keyboard
The PS5 does not support Bluetooth headsets, but it does support other Bluetooth devices. Most Bluetooth mice and keyboards are compatible with the PS5, which can be hugely beneficial if you want to use the web browser, type elaborate messages for your friends, or search for obscure titles in streaming apps. You can even use a mouse and keyboard for some games, although that’s only a handful of PS4 games that don’t always work as expected. Still, if you have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse lying around, check the Accessories menu and see if you can connect them. There are separate submenus for keyboard and mouse.
Download games from PC or phone
You can buy PS5 games from almost anywhere, so it stands to reason that you can also download them from almost anywhere. If you buy a PS5 game through the PlayStation app for a web browser, you can also choose to download it directly to your PS5. On the app, select the game you purchased, then choose Download to Console. On the web, open your profile, select Game Library, find the game you want, and click Download to PS5. If your PS5 is in rest mode, it should start downloading the game immediately; if it is completely off, it will download the game once you turn it on.
View your transaction history
This one’s a little obscure, but you can actually check every purchase you’ve made on the PlayStation Store, with how much money you’ve spent. It’s not the sort of thing you’d need to do every day, but it’s a good way to check whether you’ve purchased DLC for a given game, or titles you’ve purchased for older systems. older ones, like the PS3 or PS Vita. To do this, select the ellipsis icon in the upper right corner of PlayStation Store, then choose Transaction History. From there, you can set a date range and then investigate as you see fit.