One of the best things about owning a shiny new system is diving into its settings and learning them to suit your needs. With the release of PlayStation 5, players are sure to access the system’s various menus to personalize it as much as possible. However, the PS5 has a ton of different customization options, and while that’s a good thing, it can quickly get overwhelmed when navigating its menus and figuring out where everything is.
We’ve spent a lot of time with the PS5 and have come up with a huge list of key settings that you should change right away. These range from sounds, notifications and photography to DualSense settings and more. Here are the key settings to change on your PS5 as soon as you take it out of the box.
DualSense Battery Saver
The PS4’s DualShock 4 is notorious for having terrible battery life. While the PS5’s DualSense controller doesn’t quite achieve the same reputation, its battery life still leaves a lot to be desired. However, you can extend the life of your battery by changing some key settings. From PS5 Setting page, scroll down Accessory, followed by Remote controll, to adjust the settings of your new DualSense.
The most important setting you should change is the brightness of the controller indicators. Set this to Blurand also look at vibration and trigger settings. We don’t recommend disabling these settings entirely, as adaptive triggering and haptic feedback are part of the highlights of DualSense, but depending on the game you play, reducing the intensity may not be enough. must be a bad idea here. Of course, if you turn everything off, you’ll notice the controller’s battery life lasts longer.
If you are someone who likes to take videos and screenshots on your PS5 often, then you should totally consider changing the keyboard shortcut for DualSense’s Create button. Downward Captures and Broadcasts are from Setting, and below Take a shot menu, you will see an option to adjust Shortcuts for the Create Button. We recommend setting it to Easy videos, making it much simpler to get images and videos.
NS Easy videos settings will allow you to press Create button once to take screenshot and twice to record video. You can also press and hold Create to display the create control menu. There are other options in this menu that you can tweak, but we strongly recommend sticking to what we’ve listed above, especially if you take pictures often.
One of the annoying default features of the PS5 is that it records a 14-second video when you win a new trophy. This may sound like a neat inclusion, but if you’ve been playing games on your PS5 as much as we have, you’ve earned a ton of trophies, which means your hard drive is full of videos. title. The PS5’s hard drive doesn’t have much room, even at launch, so you’ll want to do what you can to preserve your precious storage space.
To turn off the outage video, go back Captures and Broadcasts menu from system Setting. Downward Title And off Save the trophy video Selection. You should also join Media Library and remove any trophy videos you may not want. You will thank us later.
The PS5 has some really neat features – one of which gives you the ability to set up game presets. There are several presets to tweak, so go to Save data and game/app settings from the system of Setting. Here you will find Pre-installed games and all the options associated with it. You can set the default difficulty of the game you play, prioritize performance over resolution (or vice versa), and even adjust whether you want to use the inverted stick control here. Since these choices are subjective, we won’t tell you which ones to change – just know that there are lots of different options that you can explore and can apply to games. support these presets.
Yet another annoying default PS5 setting enables music and sound effects when navigating the system’s menus. For some people, the sound effects can be immersive, but for others, long-term replay can be frustrating. To turn off sound effects and music on the home screen, go to system Setting and go to Sound menu. Once there, navigate down Audio output and scroll all the way down overview part. At this point you should see toggle sliders for both Home screen music and Sound effects, so adjust them to your liking. There are other options you can mess with in Sound menu too, so be sure to check it out.
Under System part of PS5 Setting, you will see an option for Remote play. Sadly, this doesn’t work with the PS Vita like the PS4 did, but it does work with some smart devices, your PC, or even your PS4. Continue and turn Enable remote play on, just in case you need to access your PS5 from your phone. It might not work as well as you’d hoped, but Remote Play is still a novel idea and will likely improve over time.
Yet another great option the PS5 offers is the ability to add different input languages - perfect for multilingual households. This will add different characters to your on-screen keyboard from the language(s) of your choice. Towards System are from Setting and then navigate down Language to begin. Once there, you can change the language of the control panel and right below it is the option to customize Input language. Here you can search various languages to personalize the keyboard options. You’ll notice when you use the PS5’s virtual keyboard, all the characters you’ve selected appear.
If you mostly only use one profile on your PS5, you should absolutely enable the ability Automatic login to PS5. As the name suggests, this bypasses having to manually sign in to a specific account when you turn on your PS5. It will save you time and allow you to access your game faster. Here’s how to enable the option.
First, come Setting, then go to Users and Accounts. Scroll down Login settings and convert the option to Automatic login to PS5 to the above position. Just a note, if you need to use a different account, you’ll have to sign in with the default profile and then log in to the other account manually.
The PS5 has a host of accessibility features, all of which can be found in the menu of the same name from Setting. We won’t tell you which settings you should enable or choose because everyone’s needs are different, but you should know the types of options you have at your disposal.
Here you’ll see various display settings that help with text size and color, as well as a screen reader and even controller customization options. NS Remote controll menu allows you to use Custom Button Assignment, so if you don’t like the game’s control scheme, you have an alternative. Also, don’t forget to use Transcription of chat to convert voice chat to text if needed.
By default, PS5 tends to send you a lot of notifications. You will be notified when you receive a game invite, when you unlock a title, when you receive a friend request, and in some other cases. The cool thing is that you can completely customize how your notifications are handled or even remove them entirely. Open PS5’s Setting and then navigate to Notify menu.
At this point, you’ll have plenty of options to mess with. One thing to keep in mind is that most notifications can be turned off during gameplay, videos, and broadcasts – and these can all be individually turned off or on. This is great for those who like to stream PS5 games without cluttering the screen for your viewers. From this menu, you can also control which friends send you notifications when they’re online. This is perfect for spontaneous gaming sessions with specific friends.
The final options you should consider to change are Privacy Setting. Go Users and Accounts from PS5 Setting and click Privacy menu. While here, click View and customize your privacy settings. You’ll then see a bunch of privacy options related to your real name and profile picture, your information, and your activity. You can also limit who can see your gaming activity and hide specific games from appearing in your list. Note that you will need to enable Whoever to view your gaming history to use various title tracking sites like PSNProfiles or TrueTrophies.
If you are a regular online player, you should also consider changing the communication and multiplayer settings from this menu. There is an option to turn off receiving friend requests and messages from random players here, which is great to avoid harassment.
Return to the main Privacy page and you will see a section regarding your data and how it is collected. Sony, like many companies, collects your data when you use their services, but you can choose to limit the amount of data you provide. Under The data you provide , you can set it to Limit, to share only necessary data. And don’t forget to check Voice data collection to not allow Sony to use your voice data.
This is a convenience. Your PSN friends may send you messages with game clips/pictures that may contain rogue software, but you can actually avoid this by changing the lock settings. Towards Saved Data and Game/App Settings from the PS5 menu and navigate to Spoiler alert. Here you can hide spoilers identified by game developers or anything you haven’t seen yet. Just be aware that this only applies to PS5 games.
One of the downsides of the PS5 is its limited storage capacity. With just 825GB (and really, only about 667GB after the operating system and system updates are installed), you’ll run out of space in no time. To mitigate this, you should absolutely consider using external drive, giving you more space to store your games. Unfortunately, the external drive currently only supports PS4 games, but it’s still a useful feature that saves space on your PS5 system.
If you are an external drive user, we recommend that you enable the ability to automatically install PS4 games to it. To do so, go to Warehouse of the PS5 menu and navigate to USB expansion memory. Then turn on Always install PS4 games to extended USB storage Selection. This will save you the headache of having to move PS4 games from your PS5 to an expansion drive, which can take a long time.