Things to Do First – PlayStation 5 Wiki Guide

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The HDMI cable that’s included with your PS5 is the recommended one you use. But if you need a new one or want another one, use any Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable that supports HDMI 2.1. A standard HDMI cable works but isn’t ideal, especially if you want to future proof.

HDMI 2.1 is the most recent update of the HDMI specification and supports a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates. According to Sony, “The PS5 supports the HDMI 2.1 specification. HDMI 2.1 supports 4K 120Hz, but HDMI 2.1-compatible 4K TVs have not yet fully penetrated the market.”

Bring over the PS4 games you’re excited to keep playing on your PS5. The games come over pretty easily but save data is not automatically transferred in that process.

You can bring data over via Cloud Storage if you have PS Plus or via USB transfer if you don’t have a PS Plus membership or internet connection.

How to Transfer PS4 Save Files via the Cloud

Check to see if your desired save data is always in the cloud first! On your PS5 go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in Online Storage, and then selecting the Download to System Storage  to view which files are being stored. If you already see the files you need, you can skip the next few steps.

If using Cloud Storage be sure you’ve gone onto your PS4 and uploaded the desired save data to the cloud. Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage, and then choose Upload to Online Storage.


Now you can go to your PS5 and download those games. Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Save Data (PS4), and select Cloud Storage. You will have the option to see how much storage has been taken up, and Download to Console Storage. Choose the game or games that you wish to access save files from, and download each of them to your Console Storage.

Enjoy your PS4 games (saves and all!).

How to Transfer PS4 Save Files via USB Storage Device

Note: Make sure your PS4 has been updated to the most current version before doing this, and then

For this method, you must have an external storage device – either a hard drive or a memory stick that can be connected via USB. Make sure your device has spare memory, and insert it into your PS4.

From here, select Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage, and select Copy to USB Storage Device. Select each game you plan to play on your PS5 and choose all the save files you want to bring over.

Remove the USB storage after the files have been copied.

Now, insert the USB device into your PS5. Note that the files will not automatically be detected, you will need to manually copy them from the USB storage to the PS5’s local storage. Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Saved Data (PS4), and select the USB Drive option, and then Copy to Console Storage.

Once this is confirmed, simply launch your PS4 game and it should show your save files when you attempt to load them up.

You can now play your PS4 games with their save data still in tact.

The PlayStation 5 features the PlayStation Plus Collection – a program available to PlayStation Plus users allowing them to download and play a large library of over a dozen PS4 games at launch.

Go to Settings > Saved Data and Game/App Settings > Game Presets. While you can choose to let the game pick a default option, you can also have your PS5 set each applicable game option from the start. This includes:

  • Difficulty – Allows you to preset a game difficulty between Easiest, Easy, Normal, Hard, or Hardest (or whatever the game’s version of those difficulty modes are called) when applicable. If the game does not have the exact settings, it may pick the closest available option if it can.
  • Performance or Resolution – Allows you to preset a game’s visual mode to either prioritize a smoother experience or a higher fidelity resolution, if the game has those applicable options.
  • Camera Controls – Allows you to set both First Person and Third Person camera controls between normal camera movement and inverted control schemes. Both versions can be set independently of each other.
  • Subtitles and Audio – Allows you to ensure that your audio options either default to the PS5’s console settings, or utilize the game’s original audio language, and automatically have subtitles be on or off.

Go to settings > Accessibility and explore your options across the following categories:

  • Display
  • Screen Reader
  • Controllers
  • Closed Captions
  • Chat Transcription

Once you have a headset, either through Bluetooth or through your controller port, go to Settings > Sound > Audio Output. If you normally listen to audio through your TV or monitor, you won’t be able to adjust your headphone settings, so be sure to switch your Output device from HDMI to Headphones.

Doing this will unlock the Headphones section of the audio menu, and you will be able to turn a slider for Enable 3D Audio if it hasn’t automatically been turned on. Additionally, you can change the level at which the standard 3D Audio comes through by adjusting the Audio Profile to one of 5 types, depending on your ear level.

You can save controller battery by turning down the power of the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers but the easiest way to save battery without interfering with your games is to set an idle timer. By default your controller is set to never turn off, even when idle. Change it to 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes.

You can change what the create button does in the settings, including shortcuts for taking screenshots and videos, and how long the recent gameplay clips last (which goes up to a full hour!)

You can change what the create button does. By default, it’ll snap a screenshot with just a press and hold, but if you open up the settings. There you’ll be able to map the button to whatever create option you’d like, including telling it to only take screenshots or to record gameplay clips up to an hour in length.

Go to settings > notifications and adjust them to match your preferences. 

For more to get you started with the PlayStation 5 check out our Tips and Tricks page and How to Set Parental Controls guide.

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