Getting started with the PlayStation 5: How to get it up and running?

If you are new to the process, we explain how to connect the console, sync the DualSense controller, and configure the operating system of the new PS5.

The console arrived in Colombia in mid-November, a few days after its debut in the United States, Japan, and Spain, but for many these days, it is a novelty for many. Players who acquire a unit of the new generation of Sony consoles will have to explore the contents of its box and get the new console to work correctly before starting to play.

PS5 is the last console in the series launched by Sony in 1994 with the original PlayStation. The company will try to continue the success of its predecessor, the PS4, launched in 2013 and which has already sold 113.6 million units worldwide, in fact, it is the second best-selling desktop console in history, after the PS2, as evidenced by the latest Sony financial results.

What’s in the box?

The box of the new console has a design similar to that of PS4, but it is of a larger size and weight, mainly due to its larger dimensions: 390mm x 104mm x 260mm and 4.5 kg of weight for the version withstand disc, with a smaller width (92 mm) and weight (3.9 kg) in the case of the digital-only version.

In addition to the console, another of the main elements of the box is a circular plastic base. This piece allows the console to be placed in a horizontal position (with the disc slot facing down), and it is also recommended to use it for those who place it vertically.

The PlayStation 5 box, in its standard version, also contains a unit of the new DualSense controller, so those who want to play with other people will need to get another compatible controller.

The contents of the box are completed with the cables that are necessary for the operation of the console: HDMI cable for the TV, charging cable to connect the console to the power and another USB type C to charge the DualSense controller. The Ethernet cable, to connect it to the Internet, is not included. Add to that the warranty, safety guide, and quick start guide.

The PlayStation 5 has a standard storage space of 825GB, which in practice is about 700GB (you have to subtract the space of the system and the pre-installed game, Astro’s Playroom). Sony does not allow this memory to be expanded with external SSDs for now but expects this support to arrive “a little after” the launch, as Mark Cerny, console engineer, assured in March.

How to put it into operation?

Getting the console up and running is a process that shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who has used a desktop console before.

Once the console is placed on the base and all the cables are plugged in, select the HDMI input of the TV and turn on the console by pressing the power button on the front.

After an initial animation, the next step is to synchronize the DualSense controller to the console, a step that despite being wireless is necessary to perform with the controller connected via USB to the console, and then press the PS power button on the controller.

Subsequently, the user has to configure the console system, being able to choose the language, the Internet connection settings, and different energy-saving modes.

The next step is to set up the PlayStation account, creating a new one, or choosing an existing one created on the PS4. PS5 allows you to download the games and applications purchased in digital format for its predecessor console, and even connect both consoles by USB to carry out the transfer.

Once the process is finished, the user is greeted with the message “We welcome you to PlayStation 5”. The PS5 system allows users to configure options such as parental control mode for underage players.