PS5: Best Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

Did you purchase a PS5 but cannot use it? Well, do not pack it up yet, as this article will reveal some tips on how to use the latest gaming product.

As technology continues to advance, we have seen rapid growth in the gaming industry — user-friendly products gaining mainstream adoption like Sony’s PlayStation series. However, many gamers — newbies, and even veterans do not know how to operate the newest PS5 game console.

The fun in gaming lies in how much you know about the game console and how well you can operate it. If you are a lucky owner of the latest Sony’s game console, popularly known as PS5, then you should endeavor to get the most out of it while it lasts. To help you have a worthy gaming experience, we have collected a few tips and highlighted some rare features that will make gaming fun for you.

They are:

  • Learn how to turn off the game console.
  • How to transfer files and games from your PS4 to PS5.
  • Check the time spent on a game.
  • How to make sure you are playing the required version of a game
  • Manipulate your controller settings
  • How to get more submersible sound with 3D Audio.
  • Get more storage space.
  • Select your game presets.
  • How to conserve energy
  • How to play Astro’s Playroom and delete afterward
  • Capture screenshots and video
  • Activate remote play
  • Protect from spoilers
  • How to control your game console via the PlayStation app
  • Activate automatic updates and Rest Mode

Learn how to turn off the PS5

You may frown at this first tip because it seems so easy. Although the process is not tedious, you must get first-hand information on the functions of your PS5 since it is a relatively new product. All you need to do is press the PlayStation button in the middle of the controller once; do not hold it down as you do on the PS4.

After tapping the button, a menu will pop up along the bottom of the screen and a power icon on the far right. Note that the menu wraps around, so it is faster to go left. You can also press the physical power button on the hardware itself at the bottom of your PS5 if it is vertically placed, or the far left if it sits horizontally on your media console.

Transfer files and games from your PS4

If you do not want to discard your PS4, you can upgrade by transferring your games, settings, and other files to your new console. You will be obliged to do this during setup. But if you missed it, you can go back and do it much later. You should plug in both consoles side by side and turn them on with an ethernet car to connect them. You can also use Wi-Fi, but it takes time to connect.

All you have to do is go to Settings on your PS5, select System, then System Software. Choose preferred Data Transfer, continue, and pick your PS4. And when “Prepare for Data Transfer” pops us, you need to hold down the power button on the PS4 for a few seconds until it beeps. Select what you want to move over to your PS5 and choose “Start Transfer.”

PS5 Tips, Tricks,  and hidden Features

Check the time spent on a game

One unique feature of the PS5 console is that it is now easier to check how many hours you have spent playing PlayStation games. Choose your Avatar at the top right on the home screen of the PS5 and select “Profile” then select the “Games Tab.” You will see a total playtime next to each game with trophy progress on the right.

Make sure you are playing the PS5 version of a game

While it is possible to play PS4 games on the PS5, it could be confusing at times. Some older titles have been enhanced for the newer console, so you must be playing the updated version for the best game experience. Before you start playing, always take a closer look at your screen to determine the game’s type. You can also click the Game Library, tap the Sort and Filter icon on the left to filter your games by version.

Manipulate your controller settings

The DualSense controller of the PS5 is excellent and depicts a real step up from the DualShock 4. The feel of the triggers and the range of vibrations also add to the immersion, which changes dynamically in response to the on-screen action. However, you can tweak the settings by either reducing the vibration intensity or the trigger effects. Go to Settings > Accessories > Controllers. If you would like to use your old DualShock 4 controllers to play PS4 games on the PS5, there is also an option to help you reduce the indicators’ brightness.

Get more submersible sound with 3D Audio

One of the headline features in the PS5 is 3D Audio, which enables game developers to combine sound effects to everything around you to enhance the illusion in your environment. But you can use headphones or earbuds to take advantage. 3D Audio is usually turned on by default, so plug headphones into your controller and hear the difference in sound immediately. However, if you want to calibrate it for your ears, select Settings > Sound > Audio Output. Below the option to Enable 3D Audio, choose “Adjust 3D Audio Profile” and pick the one that sounds pleasant to you from the five levels available.

Get more storage space

One of the new features of the PS5 that is not in PS4 is the lightning-fast solid-state drive (SSD) for storage. Ideally, the division of games and a reduction in the need for duplicate data means that game downloads should be smaller. But you may still use up the available 667 gigs faster if you play a lot of different games.

Thus, Sony has promised to activate the internal slot that allows you to add an approved SSD card soon. For now, you can plug an external SSD or HDD that is compatible with USB 3.0 or higher into the USB port on your PS5. The difference is that you can only play PS4 games stored on the external drive.

Select your game presets

For color enthusiasts, you can choose your game presets and tweak them to your taste. You can save a little time by configuring games for your preferences. Go to Settings > Saved Data > Game/App Settings > Game Presets. You can also select your preferred game difficulty by choosing between performance or graphical quality. The PS5 allows you to tweak camera movement for first and third-person, which includes the ability to set inverted controls by default.

Conserve energy

As a game enthusiast, there are times you would forget to turn off your console, and that may drain your battery. To avoid wasting power or keeping the console idle, go to Settings > System > Power Saving. You can also decide how long your PS5 will stay idle before entering Rest Mode and turn off your controllers after a set time with no input.

PS5 Tips, Tricks, and other hidden features

Play Astro’s Playroom, then delete it afterward

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. That is why every PS5 comes with Astro’s Playroom installed, and it is worth trying out. The Astro’s Playroom is a fun 3D platformer packed with PlayStation references that will give you that cozy and fuzzy nostalgia. But it also does a great job in showing off the components of the new DualSense controller.

When you finish using it, you can free up almost 11gigabytes of storage space by finding and deleting it via Settings > Storage > Console Storage > Games and Apps. Do not panic, as you can always download it whenever for free from the PlayStation store. However, freeing up space when you are done helps to declutter your PS5 and boosts its functionality.

Capture screenshots and Videos

With PS5, you can capture screenshots, save videos, and have the opportunity to broadcast. This also makes gaming fun as you get to have a picture of your experience. All you have to do is press the “Create” button on the left of the touchpad. It will take a screenshot by default if you press and hold it. But you can always change this if it does not work well with you via Settings > Captures and Broadcasts > Captures.

Another thing to note is that the PS5 automatically captures video and a screenshot of every trophy award. You might even have more than 4-gigabytes worth of screenshots in the Media Gallery. To change this or turn it off, go to Settings > Captures and Broadcasts > Trophies.

Set up Remote Play

For someone who likes large screens for gaming, you will likely want to set up your PS5 on the big TV in your living room. But this can be tiring when you want to entertain your guests and the kids want to play, or if someone wants to watch a movie and someone else wants to play a game at the same time.

You have a solution — Remote Play. You can turn it on via Settings > System > Remote Play. This feature enables you to stream the action from the PS5 to a PS4, a PC, a Mac, or even a smartphone. However, if you do not have to worry about entertaining your guest, then you might as well ignore the Remote Play option, as it is not compulsory.

Protect from spoilers

Virtually every gamer hates spoilers, yet the PS5’s home screen and menus are covered with screenshots that could reveal the details of the game you are playing. To prevent this, go to Settings > Saved Data > Game/App Settings > Spoiler Warnings. Meanwhile, you will receive several warnings about things that have been flagged by developers as potential spoilers by default. But you can change that by including everything you have not seen yet based on your current progress in a game. Note that it is only for PS5 games.

Control your PS5 remotely with the Mobile App

You should install the advanced PlayStation app (Android or iOS) on your phone when you purchase the game console. The app gives you direct access to your profile, allows you to chat with PlayStation Network friends, offers the latest news, and allows you to browse the PlayStation store. You can also activate downloads and updates remotely, manage storage space, and even sign-in and launch games provided you have turned on your PS5.

Try automatic updates and Rest Mode

The best way to enjoy your game console is to update the functionalities regularly. You can set the games to update automatically. This is the ideal default function, but you can also set it up via Settings > System > System Software Update and Settings. For games, go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings, and choose Automatic updates.

When you are done playing, but you do not want to turn your console off, always remember to put it into Rest Mode. You can do so by pressing the PlayStation button and choosing the Power icon. When in Rest Mode, your PS5 will download updates, charge any controllers that are plugged in, and give you the option of controlling it remotely via the PlayStation app. You can also choose what Rest Mode does through Settings > System > Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode, then select the activities and activate.


The beauty of the newest Sony game console is that you can tweak its features to your taste. However, you must be cautious while using it so you can enjoy all its features. Now that you have configured your PlayStation 5 according to your preferences, you can start playing and have a fun-filled experience. Did you notice other interesting features while using it? Do well to share with us via the comment section.

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