Online connectivity is only becoming more significant as time goes on for most gaming platforms, but the PlayStation 5 is one of the home consoles that is taking online connectivity seriously, along with Microsoft and the Xbox Series X. Whether you are playing a game online, watching a streaming service, downloading content, or even using the PS5 for voice and video chat capabilities, the PS5 is designed with some of the best technology to handle these online interactions. However, no matter how well-designed the PS5 is as far as online connectivity goes, a poor connection on the user’s end is always going to be a potential issue. But what is a good connection speed for PS5?
If you’re trying to get the most out of your PS5’s online functionality, aim for a connection speed of 50-100 Mbps at least to have the most optimal user experience when playing a game online. A strong connection speed is most useful for PS4 Digital Edition, since you can only play downloaded games.
But how can you improve your PS5’s connection speed?
What is a Good Connection Speed for PS5?
In general, you want to aim for a floor of 50-100 Mbps (Megabytes per second). This is not the best connection speed you could ask for, but it is, at the very least, a reasonable speed for playing games and downloading content. It’s especially valuable if you own a PS4 Digital Edition, which cannot play any physical games.
This means that you have to download any games you want to enjoy, whether they be games made for the PS5 or PS4 games played through backwards compatibility. Nothing worse than wanting to download a huge game, only to have to spend all day to get it downloaded to your console. And if the download has an error halfway through? Well, get ready to see red over that.
Typically, the Federal Communications Commission has a bare minimum of 3 Mbps for various devices, including for the PS5 (which Sony agrees with). However, this is going to be painfully slow, so aim much higher with that 50-100 Mbps option if at all possible.
Why Your PS5’s connection may speed may be slow
How to tell if the problem is your PS5, router, or Internet provider
If you are experiencing poor Internet, or if you cannot get access at all, there is no one guaranteed reason for this to happen. In general, when something like this happens, you should check your own devices and Internet service provider (ISP), as this will usually be what is causing the problem to happen. First, make sure that the PS5 is not the issue by testing other devices with your Wi-Fi router. For example, you can try connecting with your Nintendo Switch, which is the best of the consoles to use for this. This is because it is not stationary, meaning that you can take it close to your router.
If the Nintendo Switch is working fine, this suggests that there may be something wrong with the connection between the PS5 and router. One of the most common reasons why your PS5’s connection may be poor is due to proximity, and can be alleviated by bringing the two devices closer.
Another method of verifying the quality of your connection speed is to use a wireless Internet speed test. You can find these by doing a simple Google search, at which point you just need to use the Google speed test tool to figure it out. The speed test will tell you the quality of your download speed and your upload speed. You want to aim for fast or very fast; if the download or upload speed is slow or very slow, there may be something wrong with your router. If this problem persists for an extended period of time, you may need to get in contact with your ISP to get this handled.
If your other devices are similarly having issues with either limited or no Internet, the next step should be to check your router. Your router comes with a user manual, which can tell you what the light color and blinking the router’s lights may be displaying. If it appears to be having problems, try unplugging the router and plugging it back in to see if the problem still continues. This often has the effect of fixing the Internet connection issues without having to go through any more complicated processes.
If the problem is not addressed by performing a power cycle on your router, it may mean that your ISP is having trouble giving you normal service. In this case, the only thing you can reasonably do is inform them that a problem is occurring in the first place, and hope they get to fixing it sooner than later. Just hope that you have something fun to play on your PS5 while you’re offline.
How to Make Your PS5’s connection speed faster
Adjust the proximity of your PS5
If you want to get a better connection speed going for your PS5, you have a variety of options at your disposal. One method you can employ, if possible, is to bring your PS5 closer to your router. Granted, this is not the easiest thing to do, since you need to have your PS5 in the right room in the house, and still be near enough to the TV it is connected to as well. Still, if such a thing can be done, it can do a world of good to help you improve your connection. When considering the position of your PS5, you also need to keep in mind how many “obstacles” are in the way of the router and PS5, such as walls, and floors. If possible, you may also be able to move your router closer.
Use an extender and/or Ethernet cable
Another possible way to do this is to use a Wi-Fi extender, which allows you to daisy chain things, serving as a middle point between the PS5 and the router. This allows your router’s Wi-Fi signal to have a greater range, meaning that your PS5 can be further away from the router without having to move your PS5. In addition to this, you can also use an Ethernet cable, which is connected to the Ethernet port on the PS5. Meanwhile, the other end can either connect to a Wi-Fi splitter or a Wi-Fi router.
Change settings on your PS5
In addition to the use of extra hardware and better PS5/router placement, you can also modify the settings on your PS5 to make the connection speed even better. You can reset the DNS options on your PS5, which can benefit you. To do this, open the Settings menu on your PS5, which is represented by a cog wheel, and is found in the top-right corner of the screen. Select the Network option, and then enter your Network Settings. Next, select Configure Internet Configuration, and a dropdown menu will appear with multiple options available.
Select the network you are using on the PS5, and then select Options (the one corresponding to your connection). Next, select Advanced Settings. Here, you will have multiple options to configure your Internet connection settings. Set them in the following ways:
- Set IP address to automatic
- Set DHCP host to do not specify
- Set DNS configuration to manual
- Set Primary DNS to 188.8.131.52
- Set Secondary DNS to 184.108.40.206
- Set Proxy server to do not use
- Set MTU settings to automatic
By changing the settings for these options, the connection quality between your PS5 and Wi-Fi router should be improved.
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