If you tend to use the same options for all games, it’s tedious to set them manually every time you start a new title. Thankfully, the PlayStation 5 has a menu that lets you choose the default game settings that automatically apply to games you start.
Let’s see where the game presets menu is on the PS5 and how to choose the default settings to save time in the future.
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How to access the game presets menu on PS5
From your PS5 home screen, select the Settings gear in the top right to open the options menu. There, select the Saved Data and Game / App Settings item from the list.
This will open a new list of options on the left. Scroll down to Game Presets , which is what we’re interested in here. This menu allows you to choose the preset settings that games will apply automatically so you don’t have to choose them every time.
Here are the settings you can choose from.
As you would expect, you can choose between Easy , Normal and Hard here. There are also choices more simple and more difficult to use both extremes.
Each game has different difficulty settings, so these may not match exactly. For example, if a game has five difficulty levels, you cannot choose the second most difficult. In such cases, it will choose the closest option.
Either way, this will save you a trip to the options menu if you always choose the hardest or easiest difficulty.
Performance mode or Resolution mode
With the new graphics capabilities of the PS5, sometimes you have to choose between the game that runs as smoothly as possible and see all the fancy visuals.
Choose Performance if you want the game to run at the highest possible frame rate. This will sacrifice some of the visual improvements, such as resolution, ray tracing and the like.
On the other hand, choose Resolution if you want the game to use all of these effects and look as impressive as possible. As a trade-off, the game will run at a lower frame rate.
The availability of these options and what exactly they affect varies by game.
First person view and third person view
By default, in most games, moving the control stick moves the character’s view or camera in the same direction. If you prefer the horizontally or vertically reversed gaze, you can set it here and avoid the control frustration that occurs when you start a new game and forget to change it.
You can change the options for X and Y inversion. In addition, the PS5 lets you change the option for first person and third person games independently of each other.
Subtitles and audio
Finally, this section allows you to set subtitles globally instead of having to activate them every time. This is useful, as some games start without allowing access to the options menu and therefore it is easy to lose dialogue in opening cinematics.
Use these options to set subtitles for all games, as well as choose whether you want the language to match the language of the console or use the game’s original audio. Maybe you are learning a new language and want to immerse yourself by playing with audio in a foreign language, for example.
PS5 default settings save you time
These options will save you some time in the long run, so it’s worth setting them up on your PS5. Note that not all games offer all of these options and may not respect the global presets you have chosen. Therefore, it’s still worth visiting the game options menu to make sure everything is as you expect.
And while you can play PS4 games on PS5, they weren’t created with these global presets in mind. So, you’ll probably have to manually change the options in those as well.