If you're struggling with your internet connection on PS5, it may be worth changing your NAT (Network Address Translation) Type for better results.
For those not in the know, NAT, or Network Address Translation, refers to how open your internet connection is. Changing your NAT settings can lead to a less restricted flow of incoming and outgoing traffic.
On the PS5, there are a total of 3 different NAT Types, each with its own advantages. Your system will select a NAT Type by default, but it's possible to switch the setting for better results.
What NAT Types Are Available on PS5?
NAT Type 1
The first NAT Type that players may encounter is NAT Type 1. This is the unrestricted setting, that allows traffic to flow freely both in and out of your PS5.
Software being played on your device can host lobbies, and nearby players can connect to you directly. This will lead to better gaming experiences with lower ping.
However, there's a risk to using this NAT Type too. Since your connection is so open, you're more vulnerable when it comes to overall security.
Bear in mind that you're making something of a trade-off when selecting this setting.
NAT Type 2
NAT Type 2 acts as a middle ground between the other options. With this setting, you're not able to open new ports from your PS5 and its titles.
Your firewall may also restrict one or two incoming or outgoing connections. However, this shouldn't be enough for you to notice any effect on your gaming session.
NAT Type 3
The strictest setting that your PS5 is capable of reaching is NAT Type 3. Here, your PlayStation restricts a lot of traffic in and out of the firewall.
Because of this, you may see the occasional disconnect from online gameplay. Also, you may experience noticeably slower download speeds.
Games and other software won't be able to create new ports when you're using NAT Type 3, but security is at its highest.
Thankfully, the PS5 NAT Type can be changed with ease. Here's how to do it:
How to Change PS5 NAT Type
If you're looking to restrict or open your NAT Type, it's as easy as heading over to the PlayStation 5 settings.
- From the PS5 Dashboard, navigate up to the Settings icon in the top right
- Press X to select, and then choose Network
- From here, head to Connection Status and then View Connection Status
- In this menu, you'll see NAT Type and you can freely change between all available settings
Chances are, you'll want to stick with NAT Type 2 for most of your gaming needs. However, if connections are a little slow, it's always worth trying out NAT Type 1 for a bit.
If your device is experiencing errors, we've compiled a list of all PS5 error codes and how to fix them. There are certainly going to be a range of issues with new hardware, but it's nothing that Sony won't be able to fix with time.