The Sony PS5 (PlayStation 5) is a very successful console, with a very complete OS, teeming with features. Some are however well hidden, and deactivated by default.
The PS5 has many useful features that are disabled by default. From being able to choose a default difficulty level for games to automatically hiding spoilers, there’s a lot to explore. Here are some settings that might be worth your attention, if you don’t already know them.
Mute the microphone
When you start your PS5, the DualSense controller’s microphone is also on, so your voice can be recorded. You can make sure that the microphone is muted by default on your PS5. After booting, press the up arrow on the D-Pad. Then press the right arrow until you get to the cogwheel icon to get to the settings menu. Go to Sound > Microphone > Microphone status at connection and change to Mute.
Enable Remote Play
The PS5 Remote Play feature allows you to play your PS5 games from your smartphone. You can enable it in Settings > System > Remote Play. Then use the official Sony app or third-party alternatives to enjoy your games on your smartphone.
Enjoy surround sound
3D sound adds another dimension to the gaming experience. PS5 is compatible! You can enjoy it with a compatible headset or a 5.1, 7.1 or other sound system.
Choose the default difficulty level
If you’re the type to always play on the same difficulty level, the PS5 has an option to automatically select this in every game. You can access this in Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Game Presets. game > Difficulty. On the same page, you can set the camera, first or third person by default, as well as the subtitles and the audio language, and if you want to launch the games in performance mode.
The PS5 also allows for spoiler warnings before viewing certain content. To enable them, Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Spoiler Warnings.
Protection of private life
Your PS5 asks you to choose your privacy preferences when you first set up the machine. These settings can be found in Settings > Users and Accounts > Privacy. You will definitely want to limit the options under Control how data is collected and used. You can also go to View and Customize privacy settings to fine-tune shared data.
Configure power saving features
If you want to reduce your energy bills, you can turn off your PS5 when you’re not using it. If you forget to do this, you can set this behavior to automatic: Settings > System > Power saving. Then select Features Available in Sleep Mode to make sure the console doesn’t consume more power than it needs.
If you’re the only one using the PS5, you can have the console sign you in automatically, which saves a bit of startup time. To do this, go to Settings > Users and Accounts > Login Settings.