10 hidden PS5 features you need to try

The PS5 was discontinued a few years ago, and if you’re lucky enough to own one, you probably know your way around it pretty well. At its core, the PS5 is a very simple console. You can download and play games; You can watch quite a few streaming media apps; And you can communicate with your friends online.

What you might not know, however, is that the PS5 offers a lot of interesting options if you look through the listings. While none of these features will fundamentally change the way you use your PS5, they may make your experience more comfortable overall. Read on to learn about 10 hidden PS5 features that can come in handy.

Play games for free

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It’s no secret that PS5 offers a number of popular free games, such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Genshin Impact. However, there are about 100 F2P PS5 games, some of which you may not even have heard of. To see the full list, go to the PlayStation Store, and open the All Free-to-Play Games category. Then scroll down until you see something that catches your interest. There are of course multiplayer shooter games, but you’ll also find sims, RPGs, sports games, and more. Since it’s free, all you risk is a little of your time, and you should be able to find something to suit your taste.

Change or disable DualSense features

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The DualSense controller is arguably one of the most divisive features of the PS5. Some players like it for its light and innovative touch. Some just can’t stand the arrogant and distracting trigger mechanisms. Whatever your views on DualSense, you can customize its intensity to suit your tastes. In the Accessibility or Accessories menu, you can select the Controllers option, then customize the vibration intensity and trigger effect. If you are interested in these features, you can make it more precise; If you completely despise them, you can turn them off completely. It won’t change the physical design of DualSense, but it’s a start.

Keep track of prices in your Wish List

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Expensive console games. There is no way around it. High-profile games start around $70, and can last for years without a huge price drop. If you want to save money, your best bet is to wait for the sale. However, PlayStation Store sales tend to be a bit scattered, and it’s annoying to have to keep an eye on the game you want. Alternatively, you can simply add the game to your Wishlist by selecting the small heart logo next to the price on the PlayStation Store. This way, you will receive notifications if the price of the game drops, and you can receive it afterwards.

Set the game’s default settings

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Of all the PS5 tips on this list, this one could theoretically save you the most time. If you take a look at the saved data and game/app settings submenu, you will find a section called Game Presets. Here, you can choose the default options you want to use each time you start a new game. This includes difficulty settings, performance or resolution modes, inverted controls for both first and third person views, and whether you want to translate. Not every game will fully recognize your choices, so you’ll have to re-check Sony’s work. But if you already know what kind of difficulty, frame rate and sound settings you prefer in each game, then this game will save you some busy work.

Listen to 3D sound without headphones

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This feature is a bit experimental, but you have nothing to lose by trying it out. One of the PS5’s big advantages over the PS4 is that it has 3D audio, which in theory makes games sound more immersive while wearing headphones. However, the PS5 also offers a 3D audio setting for the TV speakers, which you can activate in the Audio menu under Audio Output. Simply flip the toggle button, and the PS5 will prompt you to calibrate the system. Be aware that this includes some loud and somewhat annoying sounds, so prepare your ears in advance. If 3D audio doesn’t suit your taste, just flip the toggle button to turn it off.

Stop wasting space on trophy shots

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For some reason, the PS5 insists on taking screenshots and short videos every time you grab a trophy, no matter how trivial it may be. If not specified, this can consume tens of gigabytes of storage space. Honestly, unless you’re running some sort of streaming channel, there’s really no reason to save videos for every cup you’ve opened. (Screenshots don’t take up much space, so use your own discretion.) To disable this practice, go to the Awards menu under Capture and Broadcast. From here, you can customize whether you want screenshots or videos of the awards, as well as customize options for the trophy row and video duration.

Customize Control Center

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The PS5 interface is generally a bit more cluttered than that of the PS4, which caused some fans to panic. However, you can simplify things on your own with just a few clicks of a button. On the main screen, press the PS button on the DualSense controller, then press the Options button. This will allow you to select the features you want in the Control Center bar at the bottom of the screen, and which you don’t. For example: you’ll likely want the power options front and center, and you’ll need the audio options if you often switch between headphones and speakers. But you can do without partying if you don’t use multiplayer etc.

Connect mouse and keyboard

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The PS5 does not support Bluetooth headphones, but it does support other Bluetooth peripherals. Most Bluetooth mice and keyboards are compatible with the PS5, which can come in very handy if you want to use the web browser, write detailed messages to friends, or look up obscure addresses in streaming apps. You can even use a mouse and keyboard for certain games, although these are just a few PS4 games that don’t always work as intended. However, if you have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, check out the list of accessories and see if you can connect them. There are separate submenus for keyboard and mouse.

Download games from a computer or phone

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You can buy PS5 games from just about anywhere, so it makes sense that you can download them from just about anywhere too. If you purchased a PS5 game via the PlayStation app for a web browser, you can also choose to download it directly to your PS5. In the app, select the game you purchased, then choose Download to console. On the web, open your profile, select Game Library, search for the game you want and click Download to PS5. If your PS5 is in rest mode, it should start downloading the game right away; If it is completely turned off, the game will be downloaded as soon as you launch it.

See your transaction history

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It’s a little vague, but you can actually check out every purchase you’ve made on the PlayStation Store, complete with how much you’ve spent. It’s not the kind of thing you need to do every day, but it’s a good way to check if you’ve purchased DLC for a particular game, or titles you bought for older systems, like the PS3 or PS Vita. To do this, select the delete icon at the top right of the PlayStation Store, then choose Transaction History. From here, you can select a range of dates, then investigate at your leisure.

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