With the arrival of PlayStation 5 in Italy, the ninth generation of games video officially starts for us too. For those who play, this is a very important moment: there is this desire to discover all the features of the new console to have a taste of the future of video games. Here is a series of suggestions listed by the portal Kotaku to make the most of the potential of the PlayStation 5, also useful for those coming from PlayStation 4 and already familiar with the ecosystem created by Sony.
1. How to navigate the PlayStation 5 dashboard
The first approach is first with the dashboard, the main screen divided into two sections, i.e. Games and media. In the first case, there are all the downloaded titles plus associated applications, such as the media gallery where your game screens or videos are stored, captured using the Share button on the controller. Media, on the other hand, is where all the streaming services that can be used on the console such as Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, etc. are located. To access the dashboard, you no longer need to press the PS button on the controller, now linked to the Control center to have the various parameters of the console. To return to the main screen, just press the home button that characterizes the new DualSense.
2. Play PlayStation 4 games on PlayStation 5
One of the most anticipated features of PlayStation 5 is backward compatibility, meaning the ability to support PlayStation 4 titles on the new console, a talk that concerns both the physical version with the disc and digital. In the latter case, you must first connect with your PlayStation Network. Next, you need to access the games library (indicated by the icon on the right in the games screen), to see all the titles associated with your account. Then just select the one you want, hit the Options button and download all the video games you want to play on PlayStation 5.
In this case, Sony’s new console shows its power, as the download times are incredibly short, even if part of it comes from your connection. Then there are bi-generation titles, like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War et Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, therefore available both on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Several exhibitors of the specialized press have noticed that these start automatically on the new console with the performances of the old generation. To avoid this, just follow Activision’s how-to guide.
3. Play Astro’s game room
At launch, PlayStation 5 offers three major exclusives such as the Demon’s Souls remake, Marvel’s Spiderman: Miles Morales and Sackboy: A Great Adventure. However, the console already has a game pre-installed inside, which does not require any purchase: it is Astro Games Room. It is a 3D platform full of references to PlayStation history. A fun game with a lot of challenges. Above all, Astro’s Game Room is the perfect test to test out all of DualSense’s new features, including adaptive triggers. However, if it does not suit your needs, the title can be deleted to save space in the console memory (approximately 11 gigabytes).
4. How to save energy
The PlayStation 5 offers some measures to reduce power consumption. Enjoying it is an advantage, both for theenvironment than for the electricity bill. To do this, you need to go to settings, open the “System” menu and access the section ” Energy saving “. Here you can manage how long the console remains active during periods of inactivity. The DualSense also has dedicated energy saving timers. You can also enable both switches in the “Functions available in idle mode” submenu to get the most out of automatic downloads, which will be discussed later.
5. Customize the DualSense settings
One of the most intriguing and innovative features of the PlayStation 5 is certainly the aforementioned DualSense, a revolutionary controller that replaces the iconic DualShock. The triggers stiffen depending on the actions to be performed, while the the vibration is more dynamic, giving different tactile sensations. However, these characteristics can be attenuated or in any case customized according to your needs. To do this, you still need to go to settings to access the Accessories menu. There is a “Controller” submenu, where you can adjust the intensity of the pad vibration. You can also calibrate the brightness, both of the DualSense and the DualShock 4 (compatible with PS5) for those who like to play in the dark or don’t want to annoy their roommates, including pets.
6. Check your game statistics
Finally, the possibility of being able to see your game statistics, such as the hours spent on a specific game, also arrives on the PlayStation 5. In this case, you just need to access your account (always from settings), then to open «Profile» to select the Games tab. A feature sought after by former PlayStation fans, now a reality.
7. Enable automatic updates
Another handy step to take in settings is to allow automatic updates. Make sure to enable the two available options, one related to automatic download, the other to automatic installation in idle mode. This way you will have all the titles always updated, without risking having to quickly download the latest patch released for the game of the moment.
8. Shut down the PlayStation 5 properly.
Previously, to turn off the PlayStation 4, you could hold down the PS button on the DualShock and select the appropriate option. With PlayStation 5, this step has become a bit more tedious, but don’t worry. Again, you have to press the PS button to open the Control Center and then go through the options until you find the icon with the power button on the right. Otherwise there is the classic method, that is, by pressing the power button directly from the console, just like all previous Sony consoles.
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