If you’re one of the lucky gamers who finally got their hands on a PS5 console, this beginner’s guide will help you with everything you might need.

The PlayStation 5 has been in short supply ever since its release date in November 2020. Still to this day, fans are finding it difficult to find the next-gen console in the wild.

However, if you’re reading this beginner’s guide, chances are you’ve managed to get hold of a PS5 of your very own! Here’s everything you need to know about Sony’s powerful gaming device.

PS5 Getting Started Guide

It’s time to get started with your brand-new PS5 – here’s everything you might need:

Although you’re probably itching to jump in and start playing, there are a few things you might need to do first when it comes to the PS5.

Setting Up the PS5

When setting up your console for the first time, make sure your PS5 is running at 4K and 120 FPS for that next-gen feeling. You can enable 120FPS on PS5 fairly easily, but you’ll need a 120Hz monitor or TV to take advantage of the high frame rate.

If you’re coming from a PS4, you’ll also want to make sure you know how to transfer your data from a PS4 to a PS5 console!

On the topic of games, since certain titles are cross-gen, there’s one thing that always causes a bit of confusion. Here’s how to ensure you’re playing the PS5 versions of your games, instead of their last-gen counterparts.

Then, you’re free to begin playing your favorite titles! Don’t forget that you can also use the PS5 to gameshare with your friends or family to save some money!

Finally, if you need it, make sure you know how to enable or disable Screen Narrator on PS5.

PS5 Accessories

Next up, the PS5 has a wide range of accessories for you to utilize. But some of them aren’t as simple as you’d expect.

First off, if you’re a fan of a Black, Pink, Blue, Purple, or Red PS5, the new console covers might be for you. Here’s how to easily remove and replace your PS5 console cover for a stylish new look.

Meanwhile, as next-gen as a PS5 controller is, it’s not without its issues. We’ve got a guide to fixing PS5 stick drift here, ensuring that you don’t have to replace your expensive hardware at the first hurdle.

One accessory that’s well worth the investment is the PS5’s Pulse 3D headphones. However, if you’re not impressed with your new purchase, be sure to use this trick to fix the poor sound quality issue on the PS5 headphones.


Unfortunately, the PS5‘s internal storage isn’t as big as you’d hope. And although the next-gen SSD does mean that a lot of games are smaller on PS5 than PS4, you’ll still fill up that storage in no time.

Thankfully, you can now install an ultra-fast M.2 SSD into the PS5 for some additional storage space.

And if you don’t want to spend too much extra money, consider transferring games to a PS5 external hard drive instead! That way you’ll be able to keep the files and get them ready to play at the drop of a hat.

Maintenance & Errors

If you’re struggling with your new console, we’ve put together a list of PS5 error codes and what they mean here, for all your troubleshooting needs.

Plus, if you’re buying second-hand or feel like your console is heating up, here’s how to clean your PS5 and remove dust. Make sure to check your system every so often to avoid build-up.

That’s it for your PS5 beginner’s guide!

Now you can look forward to playing some of our most-anticipated PS5 games of 2022 and beyond!

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