How to find the ‘hidden’ PlayStation 5 web browser
A dedicated web browser app is one of the few PlayStation 4 features that Sony hasn’t transferred to the PlayStation 5 – at least, not officially.
Access to the browser is not difficult; you can open it in several places via the Settings menu of the console, for example by accessing the online user manual under Settings> User guide, Health and safety and other information> User guide. It can also appear in the game to load announcements, user agreements, and other documents.
Unfortunately, the browser doesn’t include an editable URL bar (or most other modern browsing features, for that matter), so you can’t use it to navigate to other websites.
That said, there is a way to open pages and surf the web on PS5. The trick is to link your Twitter account and access the web pages through your Twitter feed, like this:
- Press and hold the PS button on the PS5 controller to display the menu.
- Scroll down and select the Settings icon.
- In the settings menu, go to Users and accounts> Link with other services.
- Select Twitter from the list, and then select “Account link.” This opens the Twitter login page in the PS5 browser.
- Log in with your Twitter account.
Once logged in, you can open your Twitter feed links and the pages or media will load in the browser. Although you still can’t connect a URL, you can use this workaround to find your way around the web. Note that some pages may not load at all, or will load slowly at first, but there are ways to may be speed things up (albeit slightly).
- Go to Settings> System> Web browser.
Keeping these settings turned off is better for your privacy, but they can help some pages display correctly and load faster if they are turned on.
Speaking of privacy, the PS5’s web browser menu also has settings to prevent cross-site tracking and to remove cookies and website data. These settings imply that Sony expects users to open pages beyond user manuals and social media login screens, despite the current limited functionality of the browser. There is a possibility that the app will become a full-fledged web browser after a future update, allowing users to surf the web on PS5 as they can on PS4, but for now it’s at least a new way to upload links if you happen to be using Twitter on your PS5.
To be fair, most people don’t need a web browser on their gaming console – their phones or computers are probably right next to them while they play, and you can still load the app. YouTube or other streaming apps like Hulu if you like. to watch something on your PS5. Yet there is bound to be someone who really wants the PS5 to have a dedicated web browser, and that’s the closest thing to it right now.