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PS5 shortcuts and features you haven’t discovered yet: listening to music from USB, voice recognition, and more



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You already know some of the features of the Sony PS5, but…you’ll be surprised by other options and shortcuts hidden in the new PlayStation console. Listening to music from a flash drive? Writing using your voice? Find out how to do it on PS5…

PS5 is now available in many countries, after a tremendously successful launch last Thursday 19th, together with an announcement with celebrities such as Rubius or Josep Pedrerol, collapsed online shops, or great exclusive games such as Demon’s Souls Remake and Spider-Man Miles Morales.

The new Sony console has a completely new interface compared to the PS4, with a host of functions, shortcuts, and tools that we have been telling you about. But PS5 is a box of surprises, and it has other functions that we haven’t told you about yet…

And if you don’t already own a PS5, you can read our report on the top 40 questions that come to mind with the new Sony console, to convince you to make the leap to the PlayStation next-gen. Discover what other features and shortcuts PS5 hides…

Shortcut to search on PS5

PS5 allows us to use some tricks to avoid going through tabs and menus in its interface. If we want to search for a game or application, we can cut the way with the following.

If we press the triangle button on the DualSense controller, the cursor will automatically be placed on the upper search bar. This is also a useful way to access the PS5 configuration and settings menu with a single button press.

Listen to music and podcasts while you play

One of the best features of PS5 is being able to listen to our favorite tracks or Spotify podcasts while we play, which is very useful for a few games of FIFA 21 or a Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War online.

To do this, the first thing we need to do is download the official Spotify app from the PS Store. Then, if we click on the PlayStation button on the DualSense, we can open the application and select which tracks, playlist, or podcast we want to listen to.

While playing a title on PS5, pressing the PS button will show you how Spotify is running in the background, so you can change tracks or podcasts without any problem.

Managing free space from the PlayStation mobile app

PS5 is connected to the official PlayStation application for iOS and Android, which is a simple and fast way to manage some aspects of the console. It is possible to manage the games installed on our PS5 or download content remotely.

If we want to remove a game or application from our mobile, we only need to have PS5 in standby mode and from our smartphone select the PlayStation app. From there we can install games, uninstall them and manage the free space of the SSD of the console.

Switch between the Games and Multimedia tabs

PS5 has a quick shortcut to switch between Games and Multimedia, which is very useful for changing tracks on Spotify, taking a break from our vices with a series or film, or watching a guide on YouTube.

With the L1 and R1 buttons on the DualSense controller, you can switch between the two tabs quickly and easily. It’s a shortcut that bypasses but is there and saves us from having to go back to the Home or go through other tabs on the PS5 interface.

Watch videos and listen to songs from a Pendrive

PS5 allows us to connect any UBS 3.0 device to one of its external ports, such as, for example, a Pendrive. Listening to music or watching videos on PS5 from a Pendrive is very simple, we will explain it to you.

We must connect our Pendrive to one of the PS5 USB ports, and select Media Gallery from the console menu. If our USB device is correctly formatted, all its contents will appear on that tab. However, our songs or podcasts must be stored in a root folder such as MUSIC, and the same applies to videos.

We can run these multimedia contents from the Pendrive itself or pass them to the PS5 SSD disk. If we do this we will only have to access the gallery to see all our music and videos.

Edit and modify screenshots

The ”Create” button on PS5 works very similarly to that on PS4, but we can now also edit screenshots or video clips. This is very useful if you want to share this content with your friends or via social networks.

If we access the Multimedia Gallery, we will see all our screenshots. Click on the options button in one of them and select edit. You will be able to cut it out, add text, modify its dimensions, and other options.

Automatic microphone muting

The PS5 DualSense controller comes with a microphone (or speaker, depending on the function) to communicate in our online games, but many times this can be a problem. Or maybe we don’t want to play online for a season and prefer to turn it off.

PS5 allows you to mute this microphone by default so that when you log in it is off. To do this you will need to go to Settings / Sound / Microphone and select the option ”Mute” in the section ”Microphone status at login”.

Deactivate the music on the PS5 interface

The PS5 interface has been completely revamped from PS4, and features some sounds and background music, to make the browsing experience more enjoyable. However, you can mute it if you like, to immerse yourself more in your console’s games and applications.

To do this, go to Settings / Sound / Music on the home screen and disable this option. In this way the PS5 interface and menus will not have background music, being totally silent.

Automatically install your PS4 games on an external hard drive

One of the most useful features of PS5 is being able to select by default where we want our PS4 games to be installed, thus saving space on the SSD. It’s possible, and it’s also very easy to do, we explain

If you have a PS5 compatible external hard drive connected, go to Settings / Storage / External storage and select the option ”Always install PS4 games on external storage”. This way, all PS4 games that we install on PS5 will go directly to the external HDD, and not to the internal SSD of the console.

Write with your voice

PS5 has a voice recognition system, which allows you to send messages or use the keyboard via the microphone of the DualSense controller. If you want to send messages more quickly and easily, using this tool is a must.

This can be done by simply pressing the microphone button during the conversation, and automatically the PS5 microphone will detect your words and adapt them to text, and you can complete words by pressing the R1 button with the auto-complete function.


Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play



Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online



Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark



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Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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