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13 Essential Settings to Customize on Your PS5

One of the most thrilling aspects of owning a brand-new console is the opportunity to personalize its settings according to your preferences. With the recent release of the PlayStation 5, players are undoubtedly exploring the system’s menus to customize their gaming experience. However, the PS5 offers a wide range of customization options, which can be overwhelming when trying to navigate through the menus and locate specific settings.

To help you get started, we have compiled a comprehensive list of essential settings that you should modify on your PS5 right away. These settings cover various aspects, including sound, notifications, capture, DualSense controller settings, and more. So, let’s dive in and discover the key settings you should change on your PS5 to make it truly your own.

DualSense Battery Saver

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The battery life of the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller was notoriously short, and while the PS5’s DualSense controller has improved, its battery life can still be improved further. By adjusting a few key settings, you can extend the longevity of the DualSense’s battery.

First, navigate to the PS5 Settings page and select Accessories, followed by Controllers. Here, you can customize various settings for your DualSense controller. The most crucial setting to modify is the brightness of the controller’s indicators. Set it to “Dim.” Additionally, you can adjust the vibration and trigger settings. We recommend not turning these settings off entirely, as the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback are integral features of the DualSense. However, reducing their intensity can help conserve battery life. Keep in mind that disabling all features will significantly increase your controller’s battery life.

Shortcut for Create Button

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If you frequently capture video and screenshots on your PS5, consider changing the shortcut for the DualSense’s Create button. Open the Settings menu, go to Captures and Broadcasts, and access the Captures menu. Here, you can adjust the shortcuts for the Create button.

Our recommendation is to set it to “Easy Video Clips,” which simplifies the process of capturing images and videos. With this setting, you can press the Create button once to take a screenshot and twice to capture a video. Holding down the Create button will bring up the create controls menu. While there are other options available in this menu, we suggest sticking with the ones we mentioned, especially if you frequently take pictures.

Disable Trophy Videos

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By default, the PS5 records a 14-second video every time you earn a new trophy. While this may seem like a neat feature, it can quickly fill up your hard drive, especially if you earn many trophies. Since the PS5’s storage capacity is limited, it is essential to conserve space.

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To disable trophy videos, navigate to the Captures and Broadcasts menu in the system Settings. Then, go to Trophies and toggle off the “Save Trophy Videos” option. Additionally, you can visit your Media Gallery and delete any trophy videos you no longer want. Taking these steps will help preserve your valuable storage space.

Game Presets

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The PS5 offers a fantastic feature that allows you to set game presets. To access this feature, go to Save Data and Game/App Settings in the system’s Settings. Here, you will find Game Presets and the associated options.

In this menu, you can customize various settings based on your preferences. For example, you can set the default difficulty level for the games you play, prioritize performance or resolution, and even adjust stick controls. These options are subjective and depend on the games that support these presets. Take some time to explore the numerous customization possibilities and tailor them to your liking.

Disable Home Screen Sounds

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By default, the PS5 plays music and sound effects when navigating through its menus. While some find these sound effects immersive, others may find listening to them for extended periods unpleasant. If you fall into the latter category, you can disable these sounds.

Access the system Settings and go to the Sounds menu. From there, navigate to Audio Output and scroll down to the General section. You will find toggle sliders for both Home Screen Music and Sound Effects. Adjust these sliders according to your preferences. Additionally, you can explore other options available under the Sound menu. Feel free to experiment and find the perfect audio settings for your gaming sessions.

Enable Remote Play

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While the PS5’s Remote Play feature does not work with the PS Vita like its predecessor, it still supports certain smart devices, PCs, and even the PS4. To take advantage of this feature, go to the System section in the PS5’s Settings. Enable Remote Play, allowing you to access your PS5 from your phone or other compatible devices. Although the performance may not be perfect initially, Remote Play is a convenient feature that will likely improve over time.

Add Languages

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The PS5 offers an excellent option to add various input languages, which is particularly useful for multilingual households. This feature allows you to enhance your virtual keyboard by adding characters from the selected languages.

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To add languages, navigate to the System section in the Settings. From there, access the Language menu. Here, you can change the console’s language and customize the Input Language by selecting different languages for your keyboard options. Whenever you use the PS5’s virtual keyboard, the characters you have chosen will be available.

Log In to PS5 Automatically

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If you primarily use a single profile on your PS5, you can save time by enabling the option to log in automatically. By doing so, you can bypass the manual login process and quickly access your games. Here’s how to activate this feature:

  1. Open the Settings menu and go to Users and Accounts.
  2. Scroll down to Login Settings and toggle the “Log In to PS5 Automatically” option to the on position.

Keep in mind that if you need to use a different account, you will have to log in using the default profile and then manually sign in to the other account.

Accessibility

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The PS5 offers a variety of accessibility features that can be found in the dedicated Accessibility menu. Here, you will find settings to enhance the display, text size, colors, and more. The Controllers menu allows you to customize button assignments, providing an alternative controller scheme if needed. Additionally, you can use Chat Transcription to convert voice chat into text. Tailor these options according to your specific needs and preferences.

Notifications

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By default, the PS5 sends numerous notifications for various events, such as game invitations, trophy unlocks, and friend requests. The good news is that you can fully customize how your notifications are handled or even disable them altogether. Open the PS5’s Settings menu and navigate to the Notification menu.

In this menu, you have the option to enable or disable notifications during gameplay, videos, and broadcasts. You can also toggle individual notifications on or off according to your preference. This feature is particularly useful if you like to stream your gameplay without cluttering up the screen. Additionally, you can control which friends send you notifications when they come online, allowing for spontaneous gaming sessions with specific friends.

Privacy

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It is crucial to review and adjust your privacy settings on the PS5. To do so, open the Users and Accounts section in the Settings menu and click on the Privacy menu. Here, you can view and customize your privacy settings.

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Take some time to explore the various options related to your real name, profile picture, personal information, and gaming activity. You can limit who can see your gaming history and hide specific games from appearing on your list. Keep in mind that you may need to enable the “Anyone” option to share your gaming history if you use third-party trophy-tracking websites. Additionally, consider adjusting your communication and multiplayer settings to avoid unwanted messages or friend requests from random players.

On the main Privacy page, you will find a section related to data collection. Sony collects data as part of its services, but you can limit the amount of data you provide. Under the “Data You Provide” section, select the “Limited” option to share only necessary data. Don’t forget to explore the Voice Data Collection menu and disallow Sony from using your voice data.

Spoiler Warnings

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To avoid spoilers from game clips or images sent by your PSN friends, you can change a key setting on your PS5. Access the Saved Data and Game/App Settings from the PS5 menu and navigate to the Spoiler Warnings section. Here, you can choose to hide spoilers identified by game developers or hide everything you haven’t seen yet. Keep in mind that these settings only apply to PS5 games.

Automatically Install PS4 Games to Extended Storage

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One of the limitations of the PS5 is its limited storage capacity. To overcome this limitation, consider using an external drive to store your games. Although external drives only support PS4 games at the moment, this feature is still valuable to free up space on your PS5 system.

If you have an external drive, we recommend enabling the automatic installation of PS4 games onto it. Access the Storage section in the PS5 menu and navigate to USB Extended Storage. Toggle on the “Always Install PS4 Games to USB Extended Storage” option. This feature saves you the hassle of manually moving PS4 games from your PS5 to the extended drive, which can be time-consuming.

Wrapping Up

With these key settings modified, your PS5 will be tailored to your preferences, creating a personalized gaming experience. Explore each setting and make adjustments according to your needs and gaming habits. OnSpec Electronic, Inc. is committed to providing the best user experience, and we hope these settings will enhance your enjoyment of your PS5.

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