8 things you might not know you can do with your PS5
Sony’s PlayStation 5 has been around for a while, but that doesn’t mean you’ve dug into everything it has to offer. This console has an extensive list of features and things you can do to have fun and get the most out of your purchase.
However, discovering all these lesser-known things can be daunting and time-consuming. But don’t worry; we’ve compiled a list of things you might not know you can do with your PS5. Let’s get under the hood of the PS5 and explore some of its best offerings.
1. Use your old DualShock 4 to play PS4 games
Old habits die hard. If you’ve been playing on PS4 for a long time and recently switched to PS5, you may still prefer the feel and grip of the DualShock 4. If that’s the case, you’ll be glad to know you can use your PS4 controller on your PS5.
It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to play PS5 games as they aren’t compatible with the DualShock 4. However, you’ll still enjoy an extensive list of backwards compatible PS4 games. So if you’re feeling a little nostalgic or more comfortable with your old controller, connect it to your PS5 console with a USB cable to pair the two devices.
2. Talk to your friends without a headset
One of the features we love about the PS5 DualSense controller is the built-in microphone that supports voice chats. So you don’t need to use a headset to chat with your friends while playing online games. You can easily send voice memos to your friends on PS5 or join the chat without wearing headphones, which is ideal if you don’t have them.
However, just because you can use your controller’s built-in microphone to chat with friends doesn’t necessarily mean you should. There are compelling reasons you should avoid using the microphone on your PS5 controller and use headphones instead. First, the sound quality will be worse with the built-in microphone, and second, your controller’s battery will drain faster.
Lastly, since the microphone is on by default, you can sometimes forget to turn it off yourself and broadcast your conversations to your fellow players every time you play online, which can be quite annoying.
So, to avoid any potential mishaps, we recommend turning off your controller by default by going to Settings > Sound > Microphone > Microphone status when signed in and dialing Mute to disable it.
3. Customize the button to create your DualSense controller
One change you may have noticed on your DualSense controller is the new Create button, which has replaced the Share button on the DualShock 4. There’s no need to panic, though, as it retains most of the same functionality as the old Share button and does things better. so, what is the ps5 create button?
The Create button is located on the top left side of your controller’s touchpad and primarily allows you to capture and share your best gameplay moments through screenshots and video clips. But did you know you can also customize the Create button on the controller?
By default, you can take a screenshot by long-pressing the Create button or tapping and selecting Take a screenshot option.
On the other hand, double-tapping the Create button will record and save a video of your recent gameplay. However, if you wish, you can change these defaults by going to Settings > Recordings & Broadcasts > Recordings > Create Button Shortcuts and selecting the options you want.
4. Change skins for PS5
Since its launch, the PS5’s design has attracted a lot of attention and mixed reviews. Some people love the oversized, futuristic look of the console, while others find it too flashy and prefer the more modest design of the PS4. But one thing is certain: the PlayStation 5 is certainly interesting.
While there’s not much you can do about the size, one thing you may not know is that you can get rid of its plain white color changing skins for PS5. And, no, you won’t need special tools for this because the covers are easily replaced.
Additionally, you’ll be pleased to know that Sony has created several skins to give your console a fresh look; you can check them via PlayStation website.
5. Clean your PS5
Dust accumulation is inevitable, especially if you keep your PS5 outdoors. Over time, dust will begin to accumulate on the vents of your console, which can affect its performance. In extreme cases, dust build-up can cause overheating and damage your PS5. The great news is that, unlike its predecessor, the PS5 is much easier to clean as you can easily remove its cover.
Before cleaning your console, it goes without saying that you should always unplug it. After removing the covers, use a handheld vacuum cleaner with a narrow nozzle to gently vacuum the dust from the vents. Doing this regularly will help keep your PS5 in top condition and prevent any potential problems in the future.
6. Stream PS5 games to your mobile devices
The PS5 comes with a feature called Remote Play that allows you to stream games from your console to your mobile devices or computer. So if you have one TV in your house and someone else is watching it, you can still play your PS5 games on your mobile phone or tablet. All you need is a reliable internet connection and the PS Remote Play app.
You can start by downloading the app to your mobile device from the App Store (for iOS) or the Google Play Store (for Android). Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to enable the connection on your PS5 by going to Settings > System > Remote Play > Enable Remote Play. You can now launch the mobile app and follow the instructions to complete the setup.
If you’re wondering what to use to play games on your mobile device, don’t worry; you can use the on-screen controller or connect your DualSense controller to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. All you have to do is put your PS5 controller into pairing mode by pressing both the PS and Create buttons at the same time. Once it’s in pairing mode, you can go to the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device and complete the setup.
7. Listen to music while playing games
Did you know you can listen to your favorite music while playing games on your PS5? Whether you’re an Apple Music or Spotify subscriber, you can easily connect your account to your PS5 and listen to your favorite songs while playing games. You know what this means, right? You are no longer forced to listen to that boring in-game music.
Get started by downloading the Spotify or Apple Music app to your PS5 from the PlayStation Store. Once you’ve done that, open the app, log into your account, and you’re good to go! While playing games, press the PS button on your controller to access the control center.
Select the Music icon and your Spotify or Apple Music app should be listed there. Choose it and you can start streaming your favorite tunes right away. Just remember to adjust your in-game audio settings to ensure the sound of the game and music is to your liking.
8. Add an SSD to your PS5
Once you start adding games to your internal memory, you’ll quickly realize that the 667GB of available space won’t last long. That’s because PS5 games are massive; some can take up over 100 GB of space. While you might consider transferring PS4 and PS5 games to an external hard drive to free up some space, you won’t be able to play the latter from there; you will need to copy them back to the internal memory.
A much better long term solution is yes add an SSD to your PS5. This will give you much needed extra storage and also make your games load faster. On top of that, your console will be future-proofed because PS5 games will only get bigger.
Become a power user to get the most out of your PS5
After going through this list, you’ll know better how to use your PS5 like a pro. However, there is always more to learn, especially as system updates add new features to the console. So, keep exploring your PS5 and finding new ways to improve your overall experience.