There is a hidden secret web browser on PS5 – here’s how to access it
While the PS5 is superior to its predecessor in many ways, a downgrade has been the removal of the built-in web browser available on PS4. At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe before today, anyway.
Turns out the PS5 has always had a web browser – we just didn’t know that. As spotted by ArsTechnica, there is a “limited and hidden web browsing interface” that can be used for surfing the web.
To access it, tap System Settings> User Guide, which takes you to the website. manuals.playstation.net. As ArsTechnica explains, when accessing the website from your usual device, you will only get an error message denying you access, but if you are browsing it from in your PS5, you will get instructions on how to use the guide with your DualSense controller.
At this point, it’s easy to assume that you can’t load other websites, but if you scroll down to the Users and Accounts submenu and tap “Link to other services” you can create a link to your Twitter account. From there, any links you find on Twitter – whether they are images, videos, or standard websites – will be accessible. Well. Type of.
We say they will be “accessible”, but it’s fair to say that you’ll have a better chance of loading text-rich sites because images and videos don’t always perform well. For example: although you can watch videos, it is not possible to go full screen on YouTube for some reason, and although you can load music sites like Bandcamp and Spotify on the limited browser, the testers were unable to stream music through it.
If you’re still trying to figure out where to buy the PS5, you’re not alone. Sony’s next-gen system is still pretty hard to come by, but we’ve seen more regular drops at some retailers, like Best Buy and Walmart in the US, and Very and Game in the UK. If you are desperate it may be tempting to go to a reseller site, but we recommend that you stay away from those high priced sites and stick with the retailers you know and trust. .
Analysis: why did Sony hide the PS5 browser?
Let’s face it; While we use our consoles for many things – playing videos, watching TV, streaming music, or watching live broadcasts – surfing the internet isn’t necessarily at the top of this list.
While things may have been different in the early days of the PS4, today we can connect through a number of other devices, including our phones and watches. Coupled with Sony’s less-than-sleek user interface, have you ever tried typing in a long URL with random letters and numbers at the end with nothing but your controller? – it wouldn’t be surprising if gamers didn’t use their PS4 browser at all, let alone regularly.
That said, using a small, hidden browser to house the console’s user manual is a stroke of genius. Not only does this allow Sony to update the manual easily and quickly without having to rely on us to keep our systems up to date, it also shows that if the demand were to suddenly increase again, Sony could reintroduce a fully functional browser a lot. easier.
It should be noted that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S support browsers and a new version of Microsoft Edge will soon allow users to play Stadia on their Xbox devices. The new Edge browser will also support keyboard and mouse so you can technically use your Xbox Series X as a mini PC, albeit extremely limited, if you want to.