How to access the hidden web browser on your PS5

After exploring your PS5, you might be surprised to find that the PlayStation 5 doesn’t have a built-in web browser. It feels like a downgrade, as the PlayStation 4 included a web browser from the start.

As it turns out, there’s a web browser hidden in the PS5 that you can access via a convoluted method. We’ll show you how to browse the web on your PS5 if you really need it.

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How to access the PS5 web browser

To use the web browser on PS5, first go to the Settings page from the main menu. Here, select the Users and Accounts section , followed by the item Link to other services .

Choose Twitter to open a Twitter login page. If you’ve linked your Twitter account in the past, you’ll need to unlink it first to use this method.

Don’t actually log in here. Instead, use the left stick to position the cursor over the Twitter bird logo at the top of the page, then click the X button.

When you do, you will go to the Twitter login page as you would any desktop browser. However, you don’t need to log into Twitter to proceed. Instead, click Forgot Password? connection.

On the resulting Find Your Twitter Account page , click the Twitter bird logo at the top of the page again to load the main Twitter page. Many links appear at the bottom of this one. Find Directory at the bottom right and click on it.

This will bring up a page with a Twitter search bar at the top. Click inside to search Twitter, then you can click links freely on the site to start browsing the web on your PS5.

There is no browser address bar, so you’ll have to search Twitter for anything you want to visit online and click the links from there. For example, you could search for “MakeUseOf” to find the site’s Twitter profile and use the link in our bio to load the site.

To search the web, we recommend that you search for Bing or DuckDuckGo on the Twitter page. Google’s Twitter bio doesn’t contain a link to its website, but you can easily search for one of the others to access Google (or whatever you’re looking for).

Is PS5 web browser worth using?

As you might expect given how Sony hid the browser, the PS5’s web browser isn’t anything fancy. Basic sites that only have text and images load fine, but anything that requires multimedia isn’t reliable.

You can probably open a video site that doesn’t have a dedicated PS5 app to enjoy watching content this way, but don’t expect to use complicated web apps or play games. Using the software keyboard is a problem (unless you connect a physical keyboard). Also, the Twitter workaround every time is inefficient and prevents you from using Twitter with your PSN account.

More Info: Everything You Need to Know About PlayStation 5 (PS5)

For most people, there are a few reasons why you would actually want to use the browser on your PS5. Chances are you have a smartphone nearby that is much easier to use and will work with almost any website, unlike the clunky PS5 browser experience. The only scenario we can think of where this browser might come in handy is if you want to search for something while using PlayStation VR and don’t want to take off your headphones.

This is probably why Sony’s Hideaki Nishino said he “has doubts about the need for a web browser”. There’s a chance the PS5 might get this feature in the future, but it’s probably not a priority when everyone has better ways to access the web.

Oddly, the PS5 has a settings page titled Web Browser which has settings for deleting cookies and the like. It is unclear why this exists when the browser is not meant for general use.

Browse the web on PS5, if you really need it

Now you know how to get to the PS5’s limited web browser. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it could be a fun trick to show off to friends. Otherwise, it’s not much more than a PS5 Easter egg.

 

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