How to access and use it
The Sony PlayStation 5 is an impressive machine, capable of displaying PS5 games at 4K resolution and 120fps, but did you realize it has a hidden web browser? This means that, like the Xbox Series X, the PlayStation 5 can browse the web, but to a somewhat limited extent.
The built-in PS5 web browser works well for text, but sometimes struggles with images and video. It also doesn’t work well when streaming music through services like Spotify. The web browser can only be accessed through a workaround in the PS5 system settings menu.
How to Access the PS5 Hidden Web Browser
One day, Sony could make the Internet browser accessible directly through the PlayStation menu like on old devices. For now, the only way to access it is through a workaround.
- press the PlayStation button on your controller.
- To select Settings.
- To select Users and Accounts.
- To select Link to other services > Twitter.
- To select Account link on the confirmation screen that appears.
- Select the Twitter logo in the upper left corner to access the desktop login screen and log in to your Twitter account.
Once you’re signed in to your Twitter account, you can browse the web to check out other sites. The main limitation of the PS5 web browser is that you cannot type URLs into the search bar, which means the only way to browse the internet is to click on links. If you want to browse the web on your PS5, you’ll need to select links in posts.
It’s a random way to browse the web, but if you must use this feature, pin a Tweet to your profile with a list of links you want easy access to.
Although you can use the R3 button to zoom, we couldn’t find a way to make the PS5 web browser full screen in our tests.
What can you do with the PS5 web browser?
The PlayStation 5 web browser is a nice hidden feature, but it’s not convenient for browsing the web. The inability to enter URLs means its capabilities are limited from the start, but it also lacks much of the programming that makes traditional web browsers useful.
With that in mind, you can still do a lot of things, some of which might surprise you. According to tests, you can load some (but maybe not all) Vimeo videos through the web player. Given the scarcity of Vimeo videos in the current era of YouTube, this isn’t a particularly useful feature.
It’s best to stick to PlayStation 5-specific apps. There’s a built-in YouTube app and plenty of streaming options. Use one of these rather than finding it through the PS5 web browser.
Although there’s no reason to, you can use Google Docs through the PlayStation 5 web browser. You can enter symbols, at least – but you can’t type. You won’t be writing the next great American novel with your PlayStation 5 controller, but you can use the web browser to track your PlayStation 5 backlog. Simply enter a special character next to a predefined list to keep track of it.
Does the PS5 have a featureless browser?
The PlayStation 4 had a web browser. It’s possible that the PlayStation 5 web browser hasn’t been fully implemented yet, and Sony plans to make it more comprehensive in the future. On the other hand, Sony might prefer the PlayStation 5 to be a more dedicated game console to compete with the Xbox Series X.
The DualSense controller isn’t the easiest way to browse the internet. While the PlayStation 5 supports a wide range of mouse and keyboard inputs, but only for specific games. The PlayStation 5 web browser does not support mouse and keyboard. Well, that’s not strictly true – it does support a USB mouse, but only if the PS5 web browser can be accessed in a specific way through the game. thunder of war, at least according to PSU.com.
Is there a future for web browsing on PS5?
Will there be a better web browser in the future? Not likely. According to a translated interview with some Sony executives, the company does not believe that a web browser is a necessary addition to a game console and that it offers too many possibilities for hacking. For now, all users can do is hope – and there’s a lot of that, as many people on Reddit have expressed their desire for an improved web browser on console.