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How to Turn Off Your PlayStation 5 Console

If you're the proud owner of a new PlayStation 5 console and you want to know how to turn your device off, you're in the right place.

One of the first things you need to know when getting the PS5 is just how to switch it off properly. Now that the new generation of game consoles make excellent use of their Rest Modes, it's actually a little more confusing than you'd expect to power off a PS5 fully.

However, it's easy once you know how to do it. There are actually several ways to turn off the PS5 console, and they're all easy to accomplish.

How to Turn Off the PlayStation 5 With the DualSense Controller

Turn off the PS5 with the DualSense
(Source: Sony)

You can actually turn off the PlayStation 5 without ever leaving the comfort of your chair. This is possible thanks to the DualSense controller, but the method is slightly different from the PS4.

  1. Tap (don't hold) the DualSense controller's PlayStation button
  2. Press Right to head to the far end of the Control Center
  3. Press X on the Power symbol found here
  4. Then select 'Turn Off PS5'

You can also enter Rest Mode here or restart your console entirely. You should always shut down the PS5 before unplugging its power cord, should you wish to move the device.

How to Switch Off the PlayStation 5 Without the DualSense Controller

The method of turning off your PlayStation 5 without using a controller will require you to head to the console itself. However, the task can be accomplished even easier than with the DualSense in hand.

PlayStation 5 and DualSense
(Source: Sony)

On the left-hand side of the image above, you should just about be able to make out a thin button on the PS5's black surface. Holding this will immediately turn off the PS5 console.

It's worth noting that this is a picture of the Digital PlayStation 5. If you've got a regular console, the Power button is the one to the left (or below, depending on your orientation).

If you're near your device or your DualSense battery is empty, this method of powering down the PS5 may be preferable. Keep in mind that just pressing the Power button will leave your console in Rest Mode, and holding it turns it off completely.

We'd advise that gamers stick to turning their consoles off fully right now. Early reports indicate that the PS5 rest mode is bricking consoles in some rare cases.

It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your expensive new hardware. This is especially the case, given that it's nearly impossible to find a PS5 right now.

Another issue with the PS5 is that it's currently defaulting to playing PS4 games, rather than their next-gen counterparts. Here's how to make sure you're playing the PS5 versions of your games.

If you choose to take advantage of the free PS Plus games this month, they can actually be downloaded when the console is in Rest Mode. However, turning the device off entirely will, of course, halt the process.

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