How to set up your PlayStation 5? tips and essential games

Surprise under the tree, you have discovered your PlayStation 5. It’s time to set up your PlayStation 5 to start playing. Here’s our guide to getting started quickly and easily, as well as our recommended games for the best experience.

The PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition

The PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition // Source: Sony

For the 9th generation of consoles and to build on its lead acquired with the PlayStation 4, Sony has simultaneously launched two products: the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition to bet on the dematerialized. If you’re the proud new owner of one of the two models, here’s our getting started guide to quickly getting into action with the controller in hand.

Soon, you’ll even be able to add color to your consoles with the upcoming arrival of covers and more colorful controllers.

If you find the PS5’s internal storage a bit tight, we also have a guide for choosing the right SSD to add.


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How to set up your PlayStation 5?

If you had a PS4, consider having it nearby to make it easier to pick up all your games during setup. Connect your PS5 using the supplied power cable and the HDMI 2.1 cable which is essential to take advantage of the best display technologies (provided your TV is compatible). Then connect the DualSense controller to the console with the USB-C cable. you can start the process.


PS5 // Source: Shpëtim Ujkani – Unsplash

Each step of the installation is fully explained and the configuration path is very simple. Adjust the screen borders to the frame, choose the power option in idle mode (especially to play remotely if it goes to sleep or save power).

You can then connect your account. Create a PSN account or enter your credentials. You can do this manually from the interface or scan the QR Code displayed with the PlayStation App. You have the option of doing this later, but it will make it much easier to do it now. Up to 16 user accounts can be added on the PS5, but 4 can be activated simultaneously.

PS5 installation configuration account PS5 installation transfer data PS4

Then transfer your data from your PS4 to your PS5 by putting the two consoles on the same internet network or via a LAN cable. This is quite long, especially if you had a lot of games and saves on your PS4.

Our tip: the PlayStation Plus collection

If you want to get the most out of your PS5, you can purchase a PlayStation + subscription. For 8.99 euros / month (or 59.99 euros for a year), you can grab several free PS4 and PS5 games each month to add to your library. They will be yours as long as you subscribe. The PS + also offers the possibility of playing online and in multiplayer, taking advantage of discounts on certain games, exclusive content and especially taking advantage of 100 GB of online storage to be able to save your progress in the cloud.

If you have a PS + subscription and a PS5, do not hesitate to take advantage of a gift made by Sony: the PlayStation Plus collection. This space available in the PS Plus menu of your console offers you 20 very great PS4 classics, from God of war at Uncharted 4: At Thief’s End Passing by Detroit: Become Human, the trilogy Crash Bandicoot, Monster hunter world or Batman: Arkham Knight and Battlefield 1.

The PS Plus Collection service for the PS5

The PS Plus Collection service for the PS5

You can add them to your library and enjoy them, possibly along with your old saves if you had them on your PS4. This has several interests such as discovering titles you had missed or installing them without having to take out the discs (or even without being able to if you took the PS5 Digital Edition).

Note that if you want to play old titles that have made PlayStation famous from PS1 to PS4, you can also subscribe to the PlayStation Now subscription and enjoy a large number of games by downloading or streaming.


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The essential games

Astro’s Playroom

This is the game that comes with the PS5 and it is well worth your time. Astro, the emblematic little man discovered in particular with the PlayStation VR, returns to demonstrate the full potential of the console and especially of the DualSense controller through a succession of mini-games in different universes. All of them pay homage to the history of PlayStation with multiple nods and collectible artifacts. Don’t be fooled by his deceptively easy going.

Astro's Playroom

Astro’s Playroom // Source: Capture in the game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

One of our favorites of the year and one of the most poetic games in the PS5 catalog. In this narrative action-adventure game, Kena has the power to communicate with spirits and interact with the environment. Supported by cute little spirits of nature named Rots, she sets out in search of the temple of the sacred mountain to guide spirits wandering near a village invaded by a mysterious evil. Explore nature in this soothing and bewitching game, but with rhythmic and frenzied battles. A game that scores.

Kena: Bridge of spirits is a beautiful video game fable

Kena: Bridge of spirits is a beautiful video game fable // Source: Ember Lab

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

We no longer present the spider-man. This time, he has the traits of Miles Morales in this title derived from the initial saga. He must use his powers and equipment to roam New York and undermine the design of a corrupt energy company. Between his friends, his mother who wants to make a political career and his obligations towards the citizens, he will have to choose his destiny … at the end of the line. A game to discover in 4K HDR / 60 FPS or in 4K HDR / 30 FPS with ray tracing. But what is highly appreciable is the lack of loading time to get from one corner of the city to another of the breathtaking beauty and realism.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales


Die, start over, progress, kill, die, start over with more information, progress, kill… get killed. Deathloop, it is above all death in a loop that awaits you in this game with a very seventies touch. Blackreef is a den of sociopaths in which you must try to survive and eliminate the Visionaries who stalk you. But be careful, you must collect clues and elements to better eliminate them, avoid traps and tense situations. All to be ready for your next life.PS5: our tips for getting started, tips and essential games

Death loopps // Source: Bethesda

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

The game is the pride of the PS5 as it fully exploits all of its possibilities. This platform-style action game puts the iconic PlayStation duo back in the spotlight in a new adventure against the villainous Nefarious who has set out to take over not only the galaxy, but every possible parallel world. . Separated by an explosion, Ratchet and Clank will try to find themselves helped by a newcomer, Rivet, the female counterpart of Lombax. A game that also takes advantage of the strengths of the DualSense with adaptive triggers adjusted according to the weapons selected. A real Pixar to play, for young and old.


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Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank // Source: Insomniac Games

And also…

Model for its puzzle aspect. A game in which you manipulate the elements of a model in which you find yourself. But be careful to think in several dimensions to be able to progress. This year’s flagship game from EA, It Takes Two is to be made for its unique offer of local co-op or online two-player game with the obligation to collaborate in order to progress. An intelligent, fun game, tinged with humor around a serious subject: separation and the need to find collusion in order to move forward.


Model // Source: Annapurna Interactive

If dying doesn’t scare you, the strange vibe of Returnal, the game where you spend your time dying and relive the same scene, will please you. To discover for its sound environment and the perfect use of the DualSense controller (haptic feedback and its triggers). For the beauty of the graphics, Death Stranding Director’s Cut (Kojima’s strange game with Norman Reedus and Léa Seydoux) or the very difficult Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut will delight your peepers in their PS5 version as much as play with your nerves or your patience.

There are many games that are for many PS5 exclusives. But the year 2021 has been rich in games from third-party publishers that deserve a next-generation console like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Devil May Cry 5 in next-gen version and 4K / 120 FPS, Resident Evil Village, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, etc.


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