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Got A PS5 For Christmas? Look At Our PS5 Complete Guide – PS5 Error Codes, PS5 Errors, PS5 Support, PS5 Guides, PS5 PlayStation Plus, Sony PS5 release date and price, PS5 Specs, PS5 Release Date, PS5 Price, PS5 Backwards Compatibility, PS5 Teraflops, Everything you need to know about Sony PlayStation 5. The successor to the PlayStation 4 console which released in November 2013, the PlayStation 5 released in North America on November 12, 2020 and all other territories on November 19, 2020. That said, there is so much more to the PS5 than that – so cast your eyes upon this handy PS5 complete guide for everything you need to know about Sony’s PlayStation 5 console.

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In this PS5 complete guide:

PS5 Complete Guide – PS5 Hardware:

PS5 Complete Guide – Games:

PS5 Complete Guide – PSVR:

PS5 Complete Guide – Backwards Compatibility:

PS5 Complete Guide – Apps And Media Services:

PS5 Complete Guide – PlayStation Now (PS Now):

PS5 Complete Guide – PlayStation Plus (PS Plus):

PS5 Complete Guide – All PlayStation 5 Firmware System Updates

PlayStation 5 Complete Guide – PS5 FAQ:

PS5 Troubleshooting Wiki – PS5 Firmware System Updates

PS5 Complete Guide Troubleshooting Wiki – How To Factory Reset PS5:

PS5 Complete Guide Troubleshooting Wiki – Safe Mode

PS5 Complete Guide – How To Fix Every PS5 Error Code

PS5 Complete Guide – PS5 Hardware

PS5 Review – What Did We Think Of The PlayStation 5 Hardware?

With the PlayStation 5 now available in all territories, we’ve put Sony’s next-generation console through its paces in all aspects of its design from its UI to the loading times, to how it handles backwards compatibility. You can catch the full review below in addition to the links in each section which take you to specific parts of our PS5 hardware review.

PS5 Size – How Big Is The PlayStation 5?

The PS5’s dimensions, weight, are substantial and confirm the fact that the PS5 is the biggest console in modern history.

The PS5 weighs in a 4.5kg and measures at 390mm x 104mm x 260mm. Meanwhile, the PS5 Digital Edition measures at 390mm x 92mm x 260mm, weighing in at 3.9kg. This is quite big when you compare it to the Xbox Series X size, which is just 301mm x 151mm x 151mm.

PS5 Accessories – What Accessories Are Available With The PlayStation 5?

The following accessories can be bought for use with PS5:

PS5 HD Camera

PS5 Specs – What Are The PlayStation 5 Specifications?

A true generational leap over the PS4 and PS4 Pro, the PS5 marks a seismic shift of current-gen consoles. Boasting cutting edge AMD architecture and a world-beating SSD, the PS5 is a technological monster to say the least. You can catch the full PS5 specs below:

  • CPU
x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”
8 Cores / 16 Threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz – Integrated AMD SmartShift to dynamically shift processing load between GPU and CPU
  • GPU
AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray Tracing Acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS) – Integrated AMD SmartShift to dynamically shift processing load between GPU and CPU
  • System Memory
448GB/s Bandwidth
  • SSD
5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)
  • Optical Drive
Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAVBD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAVBD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAVDVD ~3.2xCLV
  • PS5 Game Disc
Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
  • Video Out
HDMI™ OUT port
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
  • Audio
“Tempest” 3D AudioTech
  • Dimensions
PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)
  • Weight
PS5: 4.5kgPS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg
  • Power
PS5: 350WPS5 Digital Edition: 340W
  • Input/Output
USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)
  • Networking
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/axBluetooth® 5

You can catch our full PS5 specifications guide right here for some nerdy further reading.

PS5 Controller – What Is The PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller And What Does It Do?

Sony are calling the PS5 controller the ‘DualSense’ and we know that it will bring haptic feedback to the table for the first time in a console controller, allowing you to experience every bit of resistance and inertia as you wade through a swamp, or drive a car over loose gravel. On top of that, the next controller will also have adaptive triggers, a USB-C connection and an improved speaker to boot. In short, the PS5 pad is shaping up to be something really quite awesome.

The controller which is pictured above includes the previously confirmed haptic feedback triggers as well as the adaptive features of them. The Touchpad has returned, with Sony admitting that it wasn’t used too much on the PS4. There is no Share button, with a Create button replacing it, which will grant you new ways to create gameplay content for others or yourself, with more info coming down the road.

The PS5 DualSense controller will try to maintain a longer battery life and lessen the weight as much as possible. There is also a built-in microphone on the controller, but you can still use a headset. This microphone is built for shorter conversations. Finally, the touchpad is still present but has changed position. It is now on either side of the touchpad.

DualSense Wireless Controller Specifications

You can catch the full PS5 DualSense specifications below:

  • Dimensions
Approx. 160mm x 66mm x 106mm (excludes largest projection) (width x height x depth)
  • Weight
Approx. 280g
  • Buttons
PS button, Create button, Options button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),R1/L1 button, R2/L2 button (with Trigger Effect)Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Touch Pad button, MUTE button
  • Touch Pad
2 Point Touch Pad, Capacitive Type, Click Mechanism
  • Motion Sensor
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
  • Audio
Built-in Microphone Array, Built-in Mono Speaker, Stereo Headset JackOutput : 48kHz/16bit, Input : 24kHz/16bit
  • Feedback
Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Vibration (haptic feedback by dual actuators), Indicators (Light bar / Player indicator / MUTE status)
  • Ports
USB Type-C® port (Hi-Speed USB), Stereo Headset Jack, Charging Terminals
  • Communication
Wireless: Bluetooth® Ver5.1
Wired: USB connection (HID, Audio)
  • Battery
Type: Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Voltage: DC 3.65V
Capacity: 1,560mAh

PS5 USB Ports – What USB Ports Does PlayStation 5 Have And What Do They Do?

The PS5 USB ports are as follows:

USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)

Found on the front of the console, this PS5 USB port allows you to connect, pair and charge your DualSense controller. It can also be used to charge other wireless accessories such headsets too. This port can also be used to connect PS4 accessories such as the DualShock 4 controller.

You cannot use extended storage such as external HDDs and SSDs from this PS5 USB port. The PlayStation VR headset can also be connected to this port.

PS5 USB ports 3

USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2

Located on the back of the console, these PS5 USB ports do everything that the Hi-Speed USB Type-A can do. The big difference is that with these ports you can connect external storage such as HDDs and SSDs to them and use them.

The PlayStation VR headset can also be connected to this port.

PS5 USB ports 1

USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)

You can connect the PlayStation Camera or the HD Camera to the PS5 USB Type C port on the front of the console. The PlayStation Camera will require an adaptor for this connection to work.

PS5 USB ports 2

PS5 TFLOPS – How Many Teraflops Does PS5 Have And What Do They Actually Mean?

The PS5 is capable of outputting 10.28 teraflops. So it isn’t any sort of slouch. Oh and each of those teraflops are worth more than their current gen equivalents because AMD Navi uses brand new RDNA 2 micro-architecture which basically gives you more power per TFLOP than what the PS4 and PS4 Pro are capable of. Also, teraflops in general are not the be all and end all of system performance. Here’s why.

PS5 Graphics – What Can You Expect From PlayStation 5 Visuals?

Powered by a stupendously powerful RDNA 2 GPU capable of performance in excess of 10 TFLOPS and a HDMI 2.1 connection, the PS5 is capable of some truly next-generation visuals. These are the following visual features that gamers will get with PS5 games.

  • 8K Resolution – The PS5 is capable of displaying games and media at 8K resolution. Because the processing power needed to render 8K resolution is so high, it should be expected that PS5 games which run in 8K will have relatively simplistic visual features as a trade-off. Streaming video however, such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max will support 8K resolution shortly, as the processing power needed to encode 8K video is far less than it is to render in a PS5 game.
  • 120 FPS – With increased processing power and a HDMI 2.1 connection comes the ability to have games which run at a super smooth 120 frames per second. Twice as smooth as any game you would have seen on any console previously, if you have a TV with a HDMI 2.1 connection, you’ll be able to enjoy select PS5 games in buttery smooth 120 frames per second. You can take a peek at all the PS5 games which support 120 FPS right here.
  • Ray tracing – An extremely processor intensive visual technique, ray tracing creates much more accurate lighting and realistic reflections by tracking how light would be traced from its source to any number of surfaces in the game world. PS5 games that take advantage of ray tracing include Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
  • Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) – VRR allows a TV of monitor to adjust its refresh rate in real-time to the frame rate output by the PS5. In practical terms, this means that screen tearing and frame stutter should be a thing of the past in PS5 games. This is set to be delivered at a later date via a system update.
  • Native 4K resolution – While 8K resolution will be seen on far fewer games, gamers should expect that many PS5 titles will be able to run in native 4K resolution; offering a crisper and cleaner visual presentation as a result.
  • Unreal Engine 5 – Designed with next-generation consoles in mind, Unreal Engine 5 is packed full of cutting-edge features which can only be accommodated by the beefier specifications in a console like the PS5. You can catch our Unreal Engine 5 feature here, in addition to a list of all the PS5 games that are slated to use Unreal Engine 5.


For further reading, you can see all of the enhanced PS5 games in our handy feature PS5 Enhanced Games List – Every PS4, PS5 Game With Enhanced Graphics Modes.

PS5 SSD – How Fast Is It And How Can It Benefit PS5 Games?

Eschewing the regular hard disk drives seen in the PS3 and PS4, the PS5 will use an ultra-fast SSD instead. How fast is it though? Well, it loads Insomniac’s superb Spider-Man in just over 0.5 seconds – an improvement that is some 19(!) times faster than what the PS4 Pro can achieve. So yeah, that fast. Sony have also patented a way for loading screens to be almost completely non-existent, so it seems like this new SSD will certainly figure into that.

Something else that the new console will do is improve game installations too – allowing players to decide just what components of a game they wish to install.

Plenty of developers seem excited for the PS5 SSD too – like Alan Wake developer Remedy, for example. The PS5’s SSD storage is clocked in at 825GB with a mega fast I/O throughput of 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed). To put that into perspective, the PS5 SSD is over twice as fast as its Xbox Series X counterpart. It’s that fast.

Beyond providing a massive increase in access speed, the PS5 SSD has also been paired with PS5 system memory, CPU and GPU to create an insane level of system bandwidth where new environments can be streamed in instantly. A brilliant example of this is Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in which the popular lombax and his mechanical friend find themselves crashing through portals and into all-new worlds instantly.

PS5 SSD – Why Is It 825GB?

As it turns out, there is in fact a very good reason why the PS5 SSD storage size is set at 825GB. Essentially, it boils down to the fact that the PS5 SSD isn’t just some peripheral storage solution that the PS5 occasionally talks to – it is instead thoroughly embedded into the silicon in a way that just hasn’t been done before. Cutting edge stuff indeed.

This means that the overall level of performance that the PS5 can kick out is much improved, as the PS5 SSD is effectively married to the PS5 CPU.

In practice, Sony has been able to marry up the PS5 SSD modules to the rest of the PS5 silicon via a 12 channel flash interface which enables the console to deliver a blisteringly fast 5.5GB/s of I/O performance. Essentially, this means that the PS5 can stream in new data practically seamlessly.

You can read our full feature on why the PS5 SSD is set at 825GB right here.

PS5 Memory – How Much Memory Does The PS5 Have And How Fast Is It?

The PS5 will be packing in 16GB of super-fast GDDR6 memory clocked at 448GB/Sec. Yep. It’s fast. Real fast – and it complements the screamingly fast SSD in the PS5 to create a system that has the fastest system bandwidth on the market.

But why ‘only’ 16GB? Well, there’s an interesting story behind that to say the least.

PS5 Sound – What Does The PS5 Tempest Engine Do And How Impressive Is The Sound Quality?

As part of the overarching silicon deal with AMD, PS5 is touted to have a groundbreaking 3D audio processing chip that will enhance player immersion in a 3D space (particularly in VR). In fact, Sony have gone one step further with its 3D audio implementation for PS5 by creating the awesomely named ‘Tempest Engine’ – a dedicated piece of hardware that can accurately render hundreds of different sound sources at once in addition to be able to identify all kinds of audio outputs depending on the ears of those listening.

As a means of showing a comparison point for this, Lead Systems Architect Mark Cerny described a rainy scene; detailing how the Tempest Engine seeks to cement a feeling of immersion by simulating the sound of each individual raindrop pounding into the environment around you.

Another key element that the Tempest Engine will bring to PS5 games is the notion of locality. Chiefly, by being able to simulate the player’s accurate position (which is an extremely processor intensive task), the Tempest Engine relies on an entire AMD GPU compute unit to deal with this in order to accurately simulate the prominence of sounds at varying distances in a way that just hasn’t been done before.

In short, PS5’s 3D audio is a revelation – and one that is arguably best enjoyed with the PS5’s special 3D audio headset.

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PS5 Complete Guide – Games

Best PS5 Games Ranked

The creme de la creme of the best PS5 games that money can buy, our best PS5 games ranked feature ranks all of the PS5 games to date that gave scored 9/10 or more. From Demon’s Souls to Chivalry 2, you can discover what the very best PS5 games ranked are right here.

Best PS5 Detective Games Ranked

There’s nothing quite like gathering clues, solving mysteries and interrogating suspects to unravel a case, so to help you find the best PS5 detective games we’ve made this handy guide that includes such all-timers as Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, Paradise Killer, Lost Judgment and more.

Best PS5 JRPG Games Ranked

From Scarlet Nexus to Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, we’ve got the very best PS5 JRPG games ranked for you to see right here in our super handy (and constantly updated) guide.

Best PS5 Platformer Games Ranked

One of the most timeless ever genres in videogames, from Crash Bandicoot to Sackboy: A Big Adventure and everything in between, you can check out the best platformer games on PS5 right here, in our best PS5 platformer games ranked feature.

Best PS5 Split-Screen Co-op Games Ranked

There’s nothing better then settling down and getting stuck into some great split-scree and co-op games with a friend in your home or in theirs. So to help with that, you can check out the best PS5 split-screen and co-op games ranked in our feature which includes the likes of Borderlands 3, It Takes Two and many more.

Best PS5 Fighting Games Ranked

If the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are your jam, then take a peek at our feature which details the very best PS5 fighting games that you can get for the console, ranked in order.

Best PS5 FPS Games Ranked

From Borderlands 3 to Metro Exodus, our best PS5 FPS games ranked feature will let you know what the very best shooters are that you can currently get on PlayStation 5.

Best PS5 Horror Games Ranked

If you like the sensation of the hairs on your neck standing on end, or that cold, sinking feeling in your stomach as you peer around the corner in the darkness, then the PS5 has you covered with some truly great horror games such as Dead By Daylight, The Sinking City and more. Our best PS5 horror games ranked article is here to help you along with those frights and scares.

Best PS5 Racing Games Ranked

For the speed demons among you, the PS5 has a cracking line up of superb racing games. Whether you’re carving through the mud in Dirt 5 or tearing up the tarmac in Gran Turismo 7, our best PS5 racing games ranked feature has you covered.

Best PS5 Indie Games Ranked

Just like the PS4 before it, the PS5 has a fantastic range of indie games. Including the likes of Maquette, the adorable Bugsnax and the Pokemon esque Temtem, there’s no shortage of great indie games for PS5 – so why not check out our best PS5 indie games ranked article to find your next favourite game?

Best PS5 Kids Games Ranked

The PS5 is for everybody, young and old. But if you’re specifically on the lookout for PS5 games that are suitable for kids, our best PS5 kids games article has all your favorites such as Crash Bandicoot and Fortnite, in addition to a range of new games for you to consider like Astro’s Playroom and Overcooked: All You Can Eat too!

Best PS5 Puzzle Games Ranked

For those looking for some games to tease the old grey matter, the PS5 doesn’t disappoint. Including the likes of Maquette, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 and Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead, here are the very best PS5 puzzle games ranked.

Best PS5 Free Games Ranked

Some of the best PS5 games that you can get actually cost nothing at all to play. Whether it’s Destiny 2, Call of Duty: Warzone or the superb sci-fi ninja action RPG Warframe, there’s something for everyone in our best PS5 free games ranked guide.

PS5 Game Prices – How Much Do PS5 Games Cost?

PS5 game prices are higher than PS4 game prices on average.

While we’ve yet to see widespread pricing, 2K begun the trend by selling the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 for $69.99 at launch, with many other games following suit. Sony’s first-party PS5 games meanwhile, retail between $49.99 and $69.99.

PS5 Launch Games – What Were The PlayStation 5 Launch Titles?

Any console launch worth its salt must have a great line-up of games at launch and the PS5 didn’t disappoint. These are the PS5 launch games that launched alongside the console:

For further reading, you can catch our in-depth PS5 launch line-up feature here.

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In terms of games beyond launch, we now know about a bucketload of games that will be coming to PlayStation 5. In addition to first-party stunners like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West (that’s Horizon Zero Dawn 2 to you and me), Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart we also know that a range of superb looking third-party efforts are on the way too, such as Resident Evil Village (Resident Evil 8, basically) and Deathloop, from Arkane Studios, the developers behind the highly acclaimed Dishonored and Prey series of games.

Check out our articles which detail every game ever announced for PS5, and also our PS5 launch title feature which lists every game that was available to buy at the launch of PlayStation 5.

Also, don’t be surprised to see external games subscription services, such as EA Play, arrive on PS5 too as publishers such as EA will strive to make the most of PS5’s backwards compatibility functionality.


PS5 Free Games – What Are The Best Free Games On PlayStation 5?

Some of the best games you can get on PlayStation 5 are those that you don’t have to pay a single penny for.

The best PS5 free games you can get in 2022 include:

  • Call of Duty Warzone 2.0
  • MultiVersus
  • Destiny 2
  • Genshin Impact
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale
  • Fall Guys
  • Warframe
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
  • Rogue Company
  • Enlisted
  • War Thunder
  • Crsed: F.O.A.D

You can get the full lowdown on all the best free PS5 games in our useful guide.

PS5 2022 Games – What Other PS5 Games Released In 2022?

In case you missed them – you can follow up on all the PS5 games that released in 2022 via our handy guide.

PS5 2023 Games – What Games Are Releasing For PS5 In 2023?

2023 will bring a host of new PS5 games to the console, including key first-party PlayStation Studios titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. We will also get a number of impressive looking third-party games too, such as the Dead Space Remake, Resident Evil 4, Final Fantasy XVI and Hogwarts Legacy.

You can see a full and comprehensive list of all the upcoming PS5 2023 games here.

PS5 Complete Guide – PSVR

PS5 PSVR – Can You Use PlayStation VR On PlayStation 5?

Your PlayStation VR headset will work just fine on PS5. Even better still, like some PS4 games, a selection of PSVR games will be tweaked to run at higher resolution and boast more detail than the PS4 and PS4 Pro was capable of. Games that run on PSVR through PS5 can expect to benefit from:

  • 90 FPS output instead of the 60 FPS output you get on PS4 and PS4 Pro. This results in a much smoother experience.
  • Faster loading via the PS5 SSD.
  • Improved levels of detail in the environment and on character models.
  • Additional graphical effects.
  • 4K resolution that is down sampled to 1080p for improved image quality.

Your PlayStation Camera will work with PS5, but a special adaptor is needed to ensure compatibility.

You can order the PSVR adaptor for PS5 at no extra cost right here.

PS5 PSVR 2 – Will There Be A Next-Gen PlayStation VR For PlayStation 5?

PlayStation VR 2 has been confirmed to release for PS5 on February 22, 2023 and will retail at $549.99/£529.99. Below you can catch a full list of the forthcoming launch titles for PlayStation VR 2 below and also check our constantly updated PlayStation VR 2 guide for new PSVR 2 games.

You can see the full PlayStation VR 2 technical specification below:

Display method​OLED
Panel resolution​2000 x 2040 per eye
Panel refresh rate​90Hz, 120Hz
Lens separation​Adjustable
Field of View​Approx. 110 degrees
Sensors​Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)​
Attachment Sensor: IR Proximity sensor
Cameras​4 cameras for headset and controller tracking​IR camera for eye tracking per eye
Feedback​Vibration on headset
Communication​ with PS5USB Type-C®
Audio​Input: Built-in microphone​Output: Stereo headphone jack

Additionally, the full specifications of the PlayStation VR 2 controller has also been released and can be seen below:

PS button, Options button, Action buttons (Circle / Cross), R1 button, R2 button, Right Stick / R3 button
PS button, Create button, Action buttons (Triangle / Square), L1 button, L2 button, Left Stick / L3 button
Sensing/ TrackingMotion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)
Capacitive Sensor: Finger Touch DetectionIR LED: Position Tracking
Feedback ​Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Haptic Feedback (by single actuator per unit)
PortUSB Type-C® Port
Communication​Bluetooth® Ver5.1​
Battery​Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery​

Sadly, the PlayStation VR 2 isn’t backwards compatible with games from the previous PlayStation VR hardware, but more than few developers are working on providing free upgrades to the PlayStation VR 2 versions of their PSVR games.

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PS5 Complete Guide – Backwards Compatibility

PS5 Backwards Compatibility – Can You Play PS4 Games On PS5?

It has been confirmed that the PS5 will play PS4 games. PS5 will also support cross-play between PS4 and PS5 players too in addition to allowing PS5 players to use PS4 saves as well. For more on this, you can catch all of the PS5 crossplay games in our handy feature, All PS5 Crossplay Games – A Complete List.

From day one, lucky PS5 owners will be able to play just about all of the PS4’s library of 4,000+ games. In addition to this, Sony is currently working to make the top 100 PS4 games work with PS5’s boost mode too – allowing those games to benefit from enhanced performance in the form of higher resolutions and better framerates.

PS5 backwards compatibility with PS4 games falls into the following four categories:

  • PS5 Compatible – A great number of PS4 games will be playable on PS5 and run the exact same as they would on a PS4 Pro or base PS4 hardware. The only difference is that loading times will be much faster and in some cases practically non-existent thanks to the PS5 SSD. It is expected that most of the PS4 games available will initially fall into this category and would include titles such as NHL 21 and L.A Noire.
  • Not PS5 Compatible – Occasionally, a very small selection of PS4 titles simply will not work with PS5, but as Sony is testing up to 4,000 PS4 titles, we would expect this number to dwindle further post launch.
  • PS5 Update – In addition to a boost from the PS5 SSD, some PS4 games will receive an update on PS5 at a later date (after the PS4 release) which provide a variety of visual enhancements such as higher resolution, increased detail and superior frame rates. An example of a game that would fall into this category would include Cyberpunk 2077. As developers begin to shift to PS5, you will see less and less of these sorts of games after the release of the console.
  • PS5 Upgrade – A selection of PS4 games will immediately upgrade to the better quality PS5 version of the game and will include the improvements listed above. Such games would include Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Control: Ultimate Edition. A great number of large third-party publishers such as Ubisoft are doing this right now, but it varies as to whether or not some offer the upgrade free of charge, or request a premium SKU to be bought (see the aforementioned examples).

The results of Sony’s backwards compatibility efforts can be transformative. Days Gone for example, when running under PS5 backwards compatibility, enjoys 4K dynamic resolution and a 60 frames per second framerate that not only makes it look and run much better than on PS4 and PS4 Pro, but play better too.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility – What PS4 Games Play Best On PS5?

The PlayStation 5 is capable of not only playing just about every PS4 game you can get, but it can also run many of them far better than either the PS4 or PS4 Pro is capable of too.

You can check out which PS4 games run best on PS5 right here in our handy guide.

PS5 Backwards Compatibility – Can You Play PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games On PS5?

Sony has only confirmed that the PS5 will not natively play PS1, PS2 and PS3 games. That said, we wouldn’t be surprised however if Sony merely relied on PS Now to play PS3, PS2 and PS1 titles in much the same way that it does now.

For much more information on this, please check out our PS1, PS2 and PS3 compatibility article where we go into much more detail about how those older games might still end up on PS5.

PS5 Complete Guide – Apps And Media Services

PS5 Apps – What Streaming Apps Can You Get For PlayStation 5?

You can fully expect to see the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Max and many other services available at the launch of PS5. Take a peek at our PS5 apps feature for the full breakdown on all the PS5 apps that you’ll be able to get at launch and beyond.


At launch, these are the PS5 streaming apps that are available:

PS5 Apps – How To Access Microsoft Teams On PS5

It’s a little different to access Microsoft Teams on PS5 because the console’s web browser technically isn’t advertised by Sony, and requires a bit of work to get it working!

  1. Head to User and Accounts in Settings of your console
  2. Select Link With Other Devices
  3. Choose Twitter
  4. You’ll then access the web browser, but you’ll need to first select the small Twitter logo in the top left corner to get to the Twitter UI.
  5. Log in and then you’ll have full access to web browsing on PS5.
  6. Once this is done, simply follow the previous steps above to access Microsoft Teams on PS5.

PS5 Apps – How To Access Zoom App On PS4 And PS5

If you’re looking to access the popular Zoom video conferencing app on PlayStation 5, this is how you do it.

  1. Head to the Google Play Store on your mobile phone.
  2. Search Zoom Cloud Meeting app or Zoom app and then proceed to download and install the app.
  3. Head back to the Google Play Store and download and install the Screen Mirroring app.
  4. Fire up your PS4 and go to the web browser via applications in the settings section.
  5. Type in the following link: http://tvee.app/screen-mirroring and click Go.
  6. You can now scan the QR code and enter it on the screen mirroring app.
  7. Open the Screen Mirroring app to scan the QR code and enter it on your app.
  8. Your phone screen will be able to display your PS4 screen.
  9. Open the Zoom app on your android device
  10. Log in using your details to sign in.
  11. You can now create a video all and host a meeting like you usually would on the PS4.

PS5 Apps – How To Access Google Classroom On PS5

Since the PS5 web browser is actually hidden in the system and not advertised as a feature by Sony, it requires a few extra steps to access Google Classroom on PlayStation 5:

  1. First off, head to the PS5 Settings and select Users and Accounts.
  2. Pick Link With Other Services
  3. Select Twitter to take you to the hidden web browser.
  4. Click the Twitter logo in the top left corner, and you’ll be taken to the Twitter UI for web browsers.
  5. Log in and you will then gain access to the PS5 web browser.
  6. Follow the remaining steps detailed above for PS4 users to access Google Classroom.

PS5 Complete Guide – PlayStation Now (PS Now)

PS5 PS Now – How Will PlayStation Now Work On PlayStation 5?

On May 16th, 2019 Sony and Microsoft announced a ‘strategic partnership’ that extends to their streaming services and also the sharing of game development tech – an obvious shot across the bow of Google’s Stadia platform. How this unfolds further down the line though, is anyone’s guess right now. All the same, these are exciting times indeed; especially considering just how many games are on the PS Now service.

What we do know is that going forward, PS Now will be an increasingly stronger focus and it makes sense that PS5 would be included in that too. PlayStation Now, however functions pretty much the same as it did on PS4 – allowing users to stream PS2, PS3 and PS4 games to the console. As before, the functionality to download PS4 games onto the PS5 console remains available too.

How To Download PS4 Games From PlayStation Now On PS5

Downloading PS4 games to your PS5 from PlayStation Now is actually pretty simple.

Take a look at our full guide for downloading PS4 games to PS5 via PS Now to find out more.

PS5 Complete Guide – PlayStation Plus (PS Plus)

PS5 PS Plus – How Does PlayStation Plus Function On PlayStation 5?

The PlayStation Plus subscription service works on PS5 in a similar fashion to PS4 where cloud storage is permitted, in addition to online multiplayer and the ability to claim free PS4 and PS5 games each month. You can see all the PS Plus games released to date right here.

You can also expect your PS Plus membership to carry over to PS5, too. One thing we do know however is that the PlayStation Plus Collection is a special addition to the PlayStation Plus service for PS5 owners and looks to add even more value to the service.

PS5 PlayStation Plus Collection – What Is The PS Plus Collection And What Games Does It Include?

At no extra cost, PS5 owners that subscribe to PlayStation Plus will be able to enjoy the following PS4 titles as free digital downloads:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1
  • Bloodborne
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3: Zombies Chronicles Edition
  • Crash Bandicoot 4 N.Sane Trilogy
  • Days Gone
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • God of War
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Until Dawn

More titles are expected to be added to the service as time goes on. To keep up to date on all the PS4 games in the PlayStation Plus Collection, be sure to bookmark our PS Plus Collection guide here.

What Are All The PS5 PS Plus Games Released So Far?

This is a list of all the PlayStation 5 PS Plus games released to date.

For a much more comprehensive deep dive into these titles, you can check out our PS5 PS Plus complete guide right here.

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PlayStation 5 Complete Guide – PS5 FAQ

PS5 Release Date – When Did PlayStation 5 Come Out?

The PS5 release date was November 12, 2020, in North America and November 19, 2020, in Europe and the UK. The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition released at the same time.

PlayStation 5 Prices – How Much Does A PS5 Console Cost?

  • PlayStation 5 North American Price – $499.99
  • PlayStation 5 European Price – €499.99
  • PlayStation 5 UK Price – £449.99
  • PlayStation 5 Japanese Price – ¥49,980

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Prices – How Much Does A PS5 Digital Edition Cost?

  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition North American Price – $399.99
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition European Price – €399.99
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition UK Price – £359.99
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Japanese Price – ¥39,980

What Is The Difference Between The PS5 Standard And PS5 Digital Edition?

The biggest difference between the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition is price. The standard PS5 retails at $499/£449, while the PS5 Digital Edition retails for $399/£359.

The other big difference that we know is that the PS5 digital console will not have a disc drive. As such, this will affect you in the following ways:

  • You will not be able to purchase and use physical copies of PlayStation 5 games
  • If you have a PS4 physical game that can be upgraded to a PS5 version, this can only be used on the physical console; so you’ll lose out on the upgrade (unless you own a PS4 digital copy)
  • Any disc based PlayStation 4 games that you have will not work on the PS5 digital console
  • The lack of a disc drive in the PS5 digital will mean that the console ‘could’ run quieter – though confirmation is required here

Read onto our PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition guide for more on the similarities and differences between the two consoles.

PS5 Rest Mode – How Does Rest Mode Work On PlayStation 5?

According to comments from SIE’s own Jim Ryan, the PS5 Rest Mode will be able to save much more power than the PS4 version of the functionality. Other than that, Sony has not revealed anymore details about how rest mode will work on PS5 and so PS4 owners can probably expect similar functionality.

However, future system updates could improve the PS5 Rest Mode functionality going forward – so stay tuned on that front.

Can PS5 Output At 1440p Resolution?

Sony’s next-generation console is packing some pretty big muscles under the hood, including a meaty CPU and GPU, backwards compatibility with PS4 games, ultra-fast loading times thanks to the SSD, and more. But how’s it measure up when it comes to resolution? Is it a true next-gen behemoth that will take full advantage of 1440p displays?

Sony has confirmed that the PS5 now supports 1440p resolution thanks to a system update in September 2022 which enabled this functionality.

PS5 Trophies – How Do They Work?

Trophies on PlayStation 5 work pretty much as they do on PlayStation 4 – you unlock them for completing certain milestones during gameplay. However, the addition of the new Activities feature now means that you can progress against specific trophies and know just how much you need to do unlock the trophy you have your eye on.

PS5 Trophies Icons – Old Vs New

Though trophies on PS5 are unlocked in the same way as on PS4 (Activities notwithstanding), you might be surprised to discover that Sony has also completely redesigned the trophy icons too.

You can catch a comparison between PS5 and PS4 trophy icons right here.

PS5 Complete Guide – PlayStation 5 Firmware System Updates

You can catch the latest PS5 firmware updates and all the previous PS5 system updates in the past right here in our constantly updated guide.

PS5 Complete Guide Troubleshooting Wiki – PS5 Firmware System Updates

The PS5 will periodically receive system software updates as with any console PlayStation or otherwise, and this is obviously something you’ll want to keep an eye on.

Any time Sony launches an update, you’ll want to download it to ensure your system is running at 100% efficiency. Fortunately, updating the PS5 system software is an easy process! Read our guide for more info.

Download The PS5 Update From The Internet

When you fire up your PS5 following an update, you should automatically receive a notification that the file is being downloaded. If for whatever reasons it freezes during this process, restart the download by doing the following:

  1. Head to Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings > Update System Software.
  2. Select Update Using Internet.

Download The PS5 Update From The Internet In Safe Mode

If you are attempting to update your PS5 from Safe Mode via the internet, you’ll need to follow the following steps.

  1. Start the PS5 console in Safe Mode. Press and hold the power button and then release after the second beep which you should hear in seven seconds.
  2. Select Safe Mode option 3: Update System Software.
  3. Select option: Update PS5 software using the internet
  4. The PS5 will now attempt to download the system software from the internet.

Download The PS5 Update From USB Storage

  1. Using a PC or Mac, create a folder named “PS5” on a USB drive. This USB drive must be formatted as FAT32. Inside that folder, create another folder named “UPDATE”.
  2. Visit the PS5 system software update page and select the “Update system software” section. Download the update file and save it in the “UPDATE” folder you just created. Make sure to save the file as “PS5UPDATE.PUP” and be sure to leave the .PUP file extension intact.
  3. Plug the USB drive containing the file into your PS5 console.
  4. Go to Settings > System > System Software > System Software Update and Settings > Update System Software.
  5. Select Update from USB Storage Device > OK.

Download The PS5 Update From USB Storage In Safe Mode

  1. Follow Steps 1-3 of the ‘download the PS5 update from USB storage guide’ above.
  2. Start the PS5 console in Safe Mode. Press and hold the power button and then release after the second beep which you should hear in seven seconds.
  3. Select Safe Mode option 3: Update System Software.
  4. Select Update from USB Storage Device > OK.

If this doesn’t work, a common cause for failure is a mismatch of filenames and folder names. Ensure that the filenames and folder name match exactly those detailed in step 1 and step 2.

Once you’ve downloaded the update, your console will prompt you to install the update. This process involves rebooting your PS5, which is done automatically, so just follow the instructions. When it fires up again, you’ll be fully up to date!

PS5 Troubleshooting Wiki – How To Factory Reset PS5

Since its launch in November 2020, Sony’s PlayStation 5 console has seen various wrinkles in its performance, with gamers reporting issues that range from not being able to queue up downloads, to system software updates not installing properly.

As you might have expected, backing up your console is your first priority before you attempt to restore your PS5 to factory settings.

How to factory reset ps5

How To Back Up Your PS5

  1. Make sure that the USB external storage you are using for the backup is big enough to back up all of the PS5 data you need. A USB stick will be good for saves files and media, but little else.
  2. Ensure that the external USB storage is connected to the USB ports on the rear of the console.
  3. Go into ‘Settings > System Software > Back Up and Restore > Back Up Your PS5.
  4. Ensure that all users have synced their data with the PlayStation Network. You can do this by going into ‘Settings > Saved Data and Game/App SettingsGame StatusSync With PlayStation Network‘.
  5. Choose which of the data types you wish to backup from ‘Games and Apps, Saved Data, Screenshots and Video, Settings‘.
  6. Click ‘Next’.
  7. PS5 back up will begin.

How To Return Your PS5 To Original Settings Safely Via Factory Reset

  1. Turn off your PS5 console by pressing the power button. This is the largest of the two buttons on the front of the console. The power indicator will blink for a second or two before turning off completely.
  2. With the system completely off, press and hold the power button again. Release it after you hear the PS5 make a second beep. The first beep will sound when you first press the power button. The second will occur and roughly seven seconds later.
  3. Connect the controller with the USB cable and press the PS button on the controller.
  4. Your PS5 has now started in Safe Mode.
  5. Select – Reset PS5 – Deletes all user data and restores the PS5 to its original factory state. This is what you want to do if you want to factory reset your PS5 to either give it a clean slate or sell it onto another user.
  6. PS5 console will reset.

How To Restore Your PS5

  1. Ensure that the external USB storage is connected to the USB ports on the rear of the console.
  2. Go into ‘Settings > System Software > Back Up and Restore > Restore Your PS5.
  3. Choose the data you wish to restore to your PS5 from the attached USB storage.
  4. Click ‘Next’
  5. PS5 data restore will begin.

Don’t forget, that if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber you can backup your PS4 and PS5 saves to the cloud too. You can catch our full, more detailed guide on backing up and restoring your PS5 console here.

PS5 Complete Guide Troubleshooting Wiki – Safe Mode

How To Start PS5 In Safe Mode

  1. Turn off your PS5 console by pressing the power button. This is the largest of the two buttons on the front of the console. The power indicator will blink for a second or two before turning off completely.
  2. With the system completely off, press and hold the power button again. Release it after you hear the PS5 make a second beep. The first beep will sound when you first press the power button. The second will occur and roughly seven seconds later.
  3. Connect the controller with the USB cable and press the PS button on the controller.
  4. Your PS5 has now started in Safe Mode.

how to put ps5 into safe mode

PS5 Safe Mode Doesn’t Work – What Can I Do?

In some rare cases, your PS5 will not be able to boot into Safe Mode.

In order to sort this, there are a number of things that you can try in order to get your PlayStation 5 booting up in Safe Mode. Check out our extended guide on PS5 Safe Mode troubleshooting for further reading.

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What Are The PS5 Safe Mode Options?

These are all of the PS5 Safe Mode options that are available to you once you boot your PlayStation 5 into Safe Mode:

  1. Restart PS5 – Exits Safe Mode and restarts the PS5 console in its normal condition.
  2. Change Video Output – Changes the native display resolution. This option can be helpful when troubleshooting issues with blank screens and other display problems.
  3. Update System Software – Allows you to update the PS5 system software via direct download or if you have a PS5 system update stored on a connected USB storage device.
  4. Restore Default Settings – Restores the PS5 console to the default factory settings. Restoring Default Settings will not delete the saved data on your system storage.
  5. Rebuild Database – Scans the drive and creates a new database structure of all content on the system. This option is worth selecting if you find yourself running into the infamous PS5 download queue bug.
  6. Reset PS5 – Deletes all user data and restores the PS5 to its original factory state. This is what you want to do if you want to factory reset your PS5 to either give it a clean slate or sell it onto another user.
  7. Reset PS5 (Reinstall System Software) – Deletes all user data and removes PS5 system software. This will reset the PS5 system software to its original launch factory firmware state.

How To Update The PS5 System Software In Safe Mode

If your PS5 console has lost connection to the internet midway through downloading a system update, or has been offline for a long time, you can manually update the PS5 system software through Safe Mode.

To do this, you can download a PS5 system update directly to your console or via a USB storage device.

Check out our guides below to see the next steps:

Cannot Start PS5 Safe Mode – Learn How To Get Safe Mode On PlayStation 5 Working

If you cannot start your PS5 into Safe Mode, we’ve got a few steps for you to try so that you can get Safe Mode working on your PlayStation 5 again.

Try Starting PS5 In Safe Mode Again

Sometimes, all it can take is attempting to restart the PlayStation 5 in Safe Mode to cure the problem. As seen previously, the steps to do this are as follows:

  1. Turn off your PS5 console by pressing the power button. This is the largest of the two buttons on the front of the console. The power indicator will blink for a second or two before turning off completely.
  2. With the system completely off, press and hold the power button again. Release it after you hear the PS5 make a second beep. The first beep will sound when you first press the power button. The second will occur and roughly seven seconds later.
  3. Connect the controller with the USB cable and press the PS button on the controller.
  4. Your PS5 has now started in Safe Mode.

Ensure That All HDMI, Power And USB Cables Are Connected Properly

Sometimes the PS5 can refuse to boot up correctly if the cables aren’t connected properly and functioning correctly. Here are some cables and attachments to check by unplugging and plugging them back in:

  • HDMI cable connecting the PS5 to the TV.
  • Power cable connecting the PS5 to the mains.
  • USB cables connected to external storage devices.
  • USB Bluetooth dongles.

Power Cycle Your PS5 Console

If attempting to restart the PS5 in Safe Mode doesn’t resolve the issue, and all of the cables are working and connected properly, you can try power cycling to remedy the problem.

  1. Completely turn off the PlayStation by holding the power button.
  2. When the power light stops flashing, remove the power cable and leave the system turned off for no less than 20 minutes.
  3. Turn on the PS5 and attempt to launch Safe Mode.

PS5 Complete Guide – How To Fix Every PS5 Error Code

With the PS5 now being on the market, a number of PS5 error codes are appearing which are stopping gamers from enjoying their shiny new PlayStation 5 console.

Luckily, we’ve tracked down every PS5 error and solution and put them into a single, constantly updated place for your convenience.

Be sure to bookmark this guide as we’ll be updating it over the coming days, weeks, months and years of the PS5’s lifecycle. Exciting times are ahead!