Sony have posted a huge FAQ about their new console, the PlayStation 5, answering many of the questions that have been on gamer’s minds. You can read the whole thing here, but here are some key points we have noted.
First up, as we noted earlier, you can’t backup PS5 games on an external HDD, but you can on Xbox Series X|S.. yet.
Can I store or play PS5 games from a USB drive?
No, players cannot transfer PS5 games to a USB drive. PS5 games must be stored on the console’s internal ultra-high speed SSD for gameplay. Explorations for allowing players to store (but not play) PS5 games on a USB drive in a future update are underway.
Sony are also warning not to buy an internal expansion drive yet, so if you have pre-ordered one might be best to wait and live with the rather stingy hard drive space you get on the console.
Should I buy an M.2 SSD drive for my PS5 at launch?
No. For now, we recommend that you hold off on purchasing any M.2 SSD drives intended for use with PS5. We will share more details on recommended drives in the future. M.2 SSD storage functionality will come to PS5 after launch with an upcoming system software update.
We also get some top tips on how to position your PS5, mostly common sense – don’t put a blanket on your PS5!
What are the best practices when setting up my PS5 at home?
To maintain good ventilation, follow these guidelines below:
Place the console at least 10 cm (4 in) away from a wall surface.
Do not place on a carpet or rug with long fibers.
Do not place in a narrow or cramped space.
Do not cover with cloth.
Do not allow dust to build up on the vents. Use a cleaning tool such as a vacuum cleaner to remove dust buildup.
The following audio formats are supported, Dolby Atmos is conspicuously absent, which will be a disappointment to film enthusiasts. They also note that the PS5 only supports HDR10, with Dolby Vision an Xbox exclusive that is “coming soon” to their new machines.
Which audio output formats does PS5 support?
PS5 will support the following audio formats:
Dolby Digital (max 5.1ch)
Dolby Digital Plus (max 7.1ch)
Dolby TrueHD (max 7.1ch)
DTS (max 5.1ch)
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio (max 7.1ch)
DTS-HD Master Audio (max 7.1ch)
AAC (max 5.1ch)
Linear PCM (max 7.1ch)
After many years of Sony trying and failing to make them a thing at home, 3D movies are dead.
Does PS5 support 3D Blu-ray movies?
No, 3D stereoscopic output is not supported on PS5.
Good news for PC gamers…
Can I connect a keyboard and mouse with PS5?
Yes, USB and Bluetooth keyboards and mice are supported at a system level, though game developers will decide whether to support at a game level.
It’s also goodbye to the least used app on your PS4…
Does PS5 feature a web browser?
No, the PS5 system doesn’t include a dedicated web browser app.
(There is technically a web browser built in as a portal for help documents, but it’s not possible for users to visit other sites.)
There’s a lot more in the FAQ, we do suggest you read it. Well, read it if you are buying a PS5, if you are not then do something else with your time. Crochet a nice hat or something.