SONY PlayStation 5 PS5 User Guide
SONY PlayStation 5 PS5

Let’s get started

Attach the base

Always attach the base to the console, whether it’s in the vertical or horizontal position. Place your console on a flat surface when attaching the base.

You’ll need to reconfigure the base for the position of your console. Rotate the top and bottom part of the base in opposite directions. Keep rotating until you hear a “click”.
Attaching the base

For the vertical position

With the base attached
Attaching the base

Make sure the hook is in the position as illustrated below before attaching the base to the console.
Attaching the base

  1. Place the console with the rear side facing up, and then remove the screw hole cap.
    Attaching the base
  2. Attach the screw hole cap to the bottom of the base.
  3. Remove the screw from the bottom of the base.
    Button of base
    Attaching the base
  4. Attach the base, and then secure with a screw. Use a coin or similarly shaped object to tighten the screw.
    Attaching the base

For the horizontal position

With the base attached
Attaching the base

Make sure the hook is in the position as illustrated below before attaching the base to the console.
Attaching the base

  1. Place the console with the rear side facing up. Align the base with the marked area on the console, and press the base in firmly.
    Attaching the base
Connect the HDMI cable and the AC power cord

Use the included cables. Make all connections before plugging the AC power cord into an electricity supply.

Connecting HDMI Cable and AC Power Cord

Connect the LAN cable

For a wired connection to the internet, use a LAN cable (not included).
If you’re going to use Wi-Fi®, don’t connect a LAN cable and skip to the next step.

Connecting LAN cable

Turn on your TV and set the input to HDMI
Turn on your PlayStation 5 console by pressing the (power) button

The power indicator blinks blue, and then turns white.

Front View
Turning On Instructions

If you leave the console idle for 60 seconds after you turn it on, the text-to-speech feature turns on. You can listen to on-screen text and other important information read aloud to help you accomplish what you want to do.

Connect your wireless controller to your console using a USB cable, and then press the (PS) button

To pair your controller, connect it with a USB cable to the USB port on your console. When you press the PlayStation button (PS) button, the controller turns on.

Front View
Connecting Wireless Controller to Console

Make it your own

You’re almost done! Follow the on-screen instructions to;

  • Set up your console;
    Select your language, configure your internet connection settings, and manage your power save settings. To save energy while powered-down, your console is set to Low Power Use in rest mode. See also “Put your console in rest mode”.
  • Set up your account
    Create a new account or sign in with an existing account, such as one you created on a PlayStation®4 console. See also “For PS4 users”.
  • Download your content
    Download purchased PS5™ games and media apps. If you have a PS4™ console, you can transfer the data to your PS5 console.

You’ll know that setup is complete when Welcome to PlayStation 5 appears on your screen. Will a child be using your PS5 console? See also “Parental controls”.

  • The setup options that you see are tailored to your needs, based on information such as your network environment and the account that you’re signed into.
  • You can go back and change any of your settings Setting Icon by selecting Settings from the home screen.

For PS4 users

Play some PS4 games on your PS5 console
Enjoy supported PS4 games* on your PS5 console. * Some functionalities available on the PS4 console may be absent when played on the PS5 console. You must update to the latest system software version. Internet connection required.

Transfer data from a PS4 console to your PS5 console
Connect your PS4 console and PS5 console to the same network to transfer data such as game save data, user information, and downloaded content. If you have a USB drive that you’ve been using as extended storage for your PS4 console, you can continue using it by simply connecting it to your PS5 console.

Data Transfer

Use the same account you created on a PS4 console
There’s no need to create a new account for your PS5 console. Just sign in with your existing account and your game history, trophies, profile, and any exchanges you’ve had with friends will transfer to your PS5 console.

Account Using Instructions

Parental controls

You can manage settings for children who use your PS5 console. Parental controls let you set restrictions on the games children can play, when and how long they play, who they communicate with, and more.

Each adult (Parental controls Icons) and child (Parental controls Icons) will need their own separate accounts. When you create an account for a child, it’s automatically linked to your account, creating a family. You can set parental controls only for children in your family.

You can use an existing account, such as one you created on a PS4 console, for your PS5 console. Your family and parental control settings will carry over to your PS5 console.

Parental controls

Create an account for a child

You can create a child account and set parental controls at the same time.
Press the PlayStation button (PS) button to open the control centre. Select your avatar, then select Switch User. From the user selection screen, select Add User to create an account.

Review and change your parental control settings
We recommend that you check the child’s parental controls regularly. You can review or update them by selecting Settings Setting Icon > Family and Parental Controls from the home screen.

Game rating icons
Each game comes with a game rating icon that helps you determine whether it’s age-appropriate for the child.

Australia

Player’s Age3 and above8 and above15 and above18 and above
Game Age RatingGame rating iconsGame rating iconsGame rating iconsGame rating icons

New Zealand

Player’s Age3 and above8 and above13 and above15 and above16 and above18 and above
Game Age RatingGame rating iconsGame rating iconsGame rating iconsGame rating iconsGame rating iconsGame rating icons

What’s on the screen

Home screen
From the home screen, you can go to two types of content: games or media. In the games home, you’ll find your games, PlayStation™Store, and  other game-related apps. In the media home, you’ll find music, video, and other non-game related apps.

Home screen Interface

  • On the Cross Button PS5 console, the button confirms selected items.
  • To return to the home screen while your game or app is running, select Home Home Button from the control centre, or press and hold the PlayStation button (PS) button on your controller.
Control centre

Press the PlayStation button (PS) button to open the control centre. You can access a variety of features without leaving your game or app.

Control centre Interface

Let’s play

Play a game from a disc

Insert the disc.
Game data will start copying, and you’ll get a notification when the game is ready to play. Select the game from your games home.

Front View
Eject the disc

Eject the disc
Press the Eject Button (eject) button to eject the disc,

Play a digital game

You can play a game that you downloaded from PlayStation Store PlayStation Store.
You’ll get a notification when the game is downloaded and ready to play. Select the game from your games home.

  • To purchase and download games, you’ll need to connect your console to the internet and sign in to your account.
  • PlayStation Network and PlayStation Store subject to terms of use and country and language restrictions. Users are responsible for internet service fees. Charges apply for some content and / or services.
    Users must be 7 years or older and users under 18 require parental consent. Additional age restrictions may apply. Service availability is not guaranteed. Online features of specific games may be withdrawn on reasonable notice – playstation.com/game servers. Full terms apply: PSN Terms of Service at playstation.com/legal.

Use your controller

Charge your controller

With your PS5 console turned on or in rest mode, use a USB cable to connect your controller to the console. When your console is in rest mode, the light bar on your controller slowly blinks orange. After charging is complete, the light bar turns off.

To charge your controller while your console is in rest mode, go to Settings Setting Icon > System > Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode > Supply Power to USB Ports, and select an option other than Off.

Mute your microphone

Each time you press the mute button, your mic switches between muted (button lit) and unmuted (button off). Press and hold the mute button to mute your mic and to turn off sound output from the speakers on your controller and TV. Press the mute button again to return to the original state.

Mute your microphone

Use multiple controllers

You can use up to 4 controllers at once. Press the PlayStation button (PS) button to assign numbers to your controllers. The player indicator lights turn on accordingly. Numbers are assigned in order from 1, and you can determine your controller’s number by the number of lights that turn on.

Use multiple controllers

  • You’ll need to pair your controller when you use it for the first time.
  • When you play a PS4 game, your controller’s light bar glows blue, red, green, or pink based on the order that the controller is connected. This is separate from the player indicator.
Turn on your PS5 console with a controller

Press the PlayStation button (PS) button on a controller that has finished pairing to turn on your PS5 console.

Shutting down

Warning Icon Caution
Disconnect the AC power cord from the electricity supply only when the power indicator is off. If you disconnect it while the power indicator is on solidly or blinking, data might be lost or become corrupted, and you might damage your console.

Put your console in rest mode

Your PS5 console’s power saving mode is called rest mode. You can do things like charge your controller via the console’s USB ports, automatically update your system software, and keep your game or app suspended while powered down. To find out which rest mode settings are optimal for you, see the User’s Guide (page 13).

For some features, you’ll need to enable their settings to use them. Go to Settings Setting Icon > System > Power Saving > Features Available in Rest Mode.

Select Power Power Button from the control centre, and then select Enter Rest Mode. The power indicator blinks white, and then turns orange. To exit rest mode, press the PlayStation button (PS) button.

Turn off your console completely

Select Power from the control centre, and then select Turn Off PS5. The power indicator blinks white, and then the console turns off.

Power indicator
White Console is on.
Orange Console is in rest mode.
Off Console is off.

Further information

Safety Guide

Learn how to use your PS5 console safely with the supplied Safety Guide. This printed manual also contains product warranty terms and information about specifications. Be sure to read it before using your console.

User’s Guide

Find out about everything your PS5 console can do. Learn how to configure settings and how to use each function. From your PS5 console’s home screen, go to Settings Setting Icon > User’s Guide, Health and Safety, and Other Information > User’s Guide.

Customer Support Website

Find online support information such as step by step troubleshooting and frequently asked questions by visiting playstation.com/help.

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