Spotify app is one of my favorite PS5 features and what makes it even better is the ability to play all the songs while playing games without any interruptions. You can control the music using the Control Center and even discover new music using the app. Simply set up Spotify app in the PS5 Media section and that’s it. All your existing playlists and liked songs would be instantly synced to PS5.
PS5 is undoubtedly tall and if your entertainment center isn’t big enough to house the PS5 vertically, you can easily put it horizontally. Despite the curvy body, the stand provided with the console lays it perfectly flat. You just need to use a flat-head screwdriver or even a butter knife would do to unscrew the screw, if you’ve installed it vertically.
Imagine you’re away, the title you’ve been waiting for months is dropping in a few hours, and you won’t get home for a few more hours. You can save all that time and have the game up and ready using the PlayStation app on your smartphone. You just need to have the PS5 connected to a power source and use the app on your phone to install the game remotely. It doesn’t have to be powered on and logged in, just plugged in the wall because the Rest Mode is designed to do just that. It really is convenient.
One of the many advanced upgrades that the Dual Sense Controller has got, resetting it isn’t one of them. Instead of pressing the PS and Share button simultaneously as we did on DS4, you need to grab a pin or a sim ejector tool and push the button in the tiny hole on the back of the Dual Sense controller for five seconds. It’s straight out of the early 2000s.
Remote Play is an intuitive feature that most people overlook. The app allows you to play your PS5 games using your smartphone when you’re in the house. The idea behind the app is that even if you have the PS5 in the other room, you can still connect your Android smartphone or iPhone to play those titles. The app simulates all the controller buttons on the smartphone screen and the gameplay is streamed over the local network. You would have to enable it on PS5 and then link the smartphone app with your PS account. Navigate to Settings > Remote Play > Enable Remote Play. A code would display on the screen. Install the Remote Play app on your smartphone and enter the code to log in.
As simple as this sounds, I didn’t realize the Dual Sense Controller had a dedicated mic to chats with your buddies online, and a physical mute button. It really comes in handy when you need to have a conversation away from the game and friends online. Simply press the Mute button on the Dual Sense Controller to mute your mic and press it again to unmute. Along with a notification on the top-right corner of the TV, the mute button would glow red indicating the mic has been turned off. It’s a nice touch.
Even though the PS5 can do impressive stuff like play 4K gaming, 3D Audio, playing Netflix, and handling Blu-Ray Discs, the console lacks a simple web-browser. Technically, there is a crude web browser that lets you browse the internet but it’s buried deep in the settings. There are ways to browse the internet on PS5 as you do on your computer.
It’s nice of Sony to add functionality to record gameplays and capture screenshots. However, there are times when you want to capture screenshots but the default method takes longer. We can easily fix that by changing the shortcut in the Settings. You can then instantly capture the screenshot by pressing the Create button once. To change the settings, open the Settings page and scroll down to Captures and Broadcasts > Captures > Shortcuts for Create Button and select Easy Screenshots.
The Rest Mode on PS5 is intelligent enough to reduce the power consumption when the console isn’t being used. It goes into a low power state but keeps the USB ports powered so that you can charge your controllers while the console rests. You can control when console can get into the Rest mode and for how long it should power the USB ports. You can also enable/disable turning on your PS5 from the network. Navigate to Settings > System > Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode and select Supply Power to USB Ports.
The Control Center is the newest addition to the PlayStation interface. It allows you to access frequently used items such as managing accessories, adjust volume, pause music, manage downloads, etc. All the options are enabled by default but you can tidy up your Control Center by disabling some of the items. It is to disable Game Base, Music, Network, Wi-Fi, Accessibility, Volume, and Mute buttons. Simply press the PS button once to bring up the Control Center and press the Options button on the Dual Sense Controller to customize your PS5 Control Center.