Every new console generation brings advancements in accessibility. Whether it’s through customizable game experiences, new controllers, or improved hardware, the goal is to make gaming easier and more convenient. The PlayStation 5 (PS5) may have launched with only a few new features compared to its predecessor, but Sony has been continuously updating it to enhance its functionality. One popular and useful feature that the PS5 offers is voice commands. With voice commands, you can navigate and control most of the console’s functions without even picking up a controller. This guide will walk you through setting up and using voice commands on your PS5.
How to Set Up Voice Commands
Setting up voice commands is a straightforward process, but it does require a few specific steps that may not be immediately obvious. To get started, turn on your PS5 and go to the Settings menu. From there, select Voice Command and toggle it to be enabled. Make sure to also enable the “Listen for ‘Hey PlayStation!'” option. This is the phrase that your PS5 will listen for to start accepting voice commands.
While the PS5 doesn’t come with a built-in microphone, you can use the microphone in your DualSense controller for voice commands. Ensure that the microphone is turned on by pressing the small button in the bottom center of your controller, between the analog sticks.
Voice Command Settings
In the voice command settings menu, you can customize your voice command experience further. Although you can’t add new voice commands for functions that aren’t already covered, you can make adjustments to make it more convenient for you.
The Speech Speed and Speech Volume settings allow you to adjust how fast and loud the PS5 responds to your voice commands. If you want to extend the time you have to deliver a command after activating voice commands with “Hey PlayStation!”, you can increase the Response Timeout setting. By default, you have four seconds to deliver a command before it stops listening.
It’s worth noting that the list of commands is not displayed on the settings screen. However, you can easily access the list by saying “Hey, PlayStation. Help.” This is a handy way to remind yourself of the commands or discover new ones.
All Voice Commands
Here is a list of all the voice commands currently available for your PS5. If you ever forget any commands, simply say “Hey, PlayStation. Help,” and your console will present the full list for you.
- Open game/app: Start up any installed game or app by saying “Open X,” where X is the name of the game or app. If there are multiple options or your command is ambiguous, your PS5 will present a numbered list for you to choose from.
- Find a game or app: Search your library or the PlayStation Store for a game or app by saying “Find X” or “Search X.” This will display a list of related options.
- Media controls: While using the PS5 for media purposes, you can control playback with voice commands such as “Pause,” “Resume,” “Rewind,” “Fast forward,” “Next,” and “Previous.”
- Game Capture: Easily capture moments while playing games using voice commands. You can say “Capture that!” to save a clip of your recent gameplay, “Capture the last five minutes” to record the previous five minutes of gameplay, “Start recording” to begin a recording session, and “Stop recording” to end the recording session and save the clip.
Please note that Sony may add more voice commands in future updates. We will keep this article updated to include any new additions.
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