How to check for game updates on a PS5

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The PS5 is a powerful console packed with incredible features like 4K gaming. When you install games, it can even update them automatically for you. However, there are times when you want to manually check for updates and version of a game.

For new PS5 owners, knowing how to do this helps check your games. You can use this information to determine whether you are up to date, and if not, you can download patches or updates immediately. Outdated versions can be problematic and it is wise to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Keep reading to learn more about PS5 game updates, system updates, and what to do when you can’t update at all.

PS5: How to check for game updates

To update your games, your PS5 must remain connected to the Internet. Without it, updates are simply impossible. Once you’ve established that your console is connected to the internet, you can manually check for updates for each game.

Here are the instructions for manually checking the update status of your game:

  1. Turn on your PS5.
  2. Go to the home screen.
  3. Head to the top of the main menu.
  4. Go to the “Games” tab.
  5. Scroll through your games until you find the one you want to check out.
  6. Highlight the game with your cursor.
  7. Press “Options” on your controller.
  8. Choose “Check for Updates” from the drop-down menu.

If there are no updates, you can just keep going. If any updates are missing from the PS5, the download process will be handled immediately. You will either need to play another game or do something else while your game receives its latest updates.

Users aren’t big fans of how you can’t check your library for game updates. Instead, you can only check the latest games you’ve played. If you want to search for a game that you haven’t played for a long time, you might need to play it, so it shows up in the menu.

Enabling automatic updates for PS5 games

The PS5 comes with the auto update settings turned on. However, if you have already disabled them, you might want to re-enable the option. Checking for updates on the PS5 is difficult, which is why enabling automatic updates is the best solution.

Below are the steps to follow:

  1. Turn on your PS5.
  2. Go to the Settings menu.
  3. Head to “Saved Data and Game / Application Settings”.
  4. Select “Automatic Updates” from the list.
  5. Look for the “Automatic download” or “Automatic installation in idle mode” options.
  6. Once you’ve activated one or both, you don’t have to worry about manually updating your games.

The automatic download will always check for the latest updates when you are connected to the internet. Even if your console is in idle mode, it can still handle the download process.

However, if you neglect to enable the automatic installation feature, you will have to install the downloaded updates manually. This can take a while, although the silver lining is that you don’t need to close the app or game in question while the update is downloading. However, by having both options enabled, you can avoid pressing additional buttons or waiting.

With a stable internet connection, you shouldn’t have any issues with automatic updates.

It doesn’t matter whether the game you are updating is a digital copy or a hard copy, as the PS5 will install updates for it anyway. However, if you are running out of space, you will need to increase storage space or delete some games to make room.

Sony is probably making automatic updates the go-to option due to the malfunction of outdated game versions. Problems and bugs are often fixed when new updates are posted, although there are also times when new updates bring serious bugs. In most cases, the newer version of a game is always better.

However, some players like to keep the old versions to exploit the issues for speed racing or other purposes. So, these people might not be fans of forced automatic updates and would probably prefer to have more accessible ways to update games manually.

Checking for PS5 system updates

It is also essential to keep the firmware of your PS5 up to date. As developers are constantly refining and releasing new firmware, you might need it to fix some underlying issues the PS5 might be experiencing. So, you should always check if the console version has the latest patch.

With the latest updates installed, your PS5 can perform better. For example, in September 2021, an update allowed the expansion of the SSD. With this update, users could significantly increase storage space.

Recently a minor update landed which claimed to improve system performance. While not all updates are groundbreaking, they can still benefit you in some way.

To update your PS5 system, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on your PS5 from rest mode.
  2. Go to the Settings menu indicated by the gear icon.
  3. Head to “System”.
  4. Choose “System Software” from the list on the left.
  5. Go to “System software update and settings”.
  6. Choose “Update System Software”.
  7. Select “Update via Internet” to continue.
  8. Go back to “System Software”, but this time go to “System Feature Updates”.
  9. If there are any updates, you can download and install them.

Sometimes unforeseen errors occur while updating the firmware of your PS5. The best way to fix the problem is to restart the update. If even that fails, hope is not lost.

You can download the update file to a USB drive and connect it to your PS5. Here are the steps:

  1. On your FAT32 USB drive, create a folder and another folder in it.
  2. Name the second folder “UPDATE”.
  3. Save the update file in the folder with the name “PS5UPDATE.PUP”.
  4. Plug it into your console.
  5. When your PS5 is in rest mode, press and hold the power button.
  6. Release the button when you direct a second beep.
  7. Select “Update System Software”.
  8. Choose “Update from USB storage”.
  9. Confirm your choice and wait.

While this type of issue is unlikely to occur, knowing this backup method will help ensure that your PS5 stays up to date.

Remember to name files and folders exactly as we wrote above, without additional punctuation. This will allow your console to detect and run the files.

Additional FAQs

Why can’t I update my PS5?

If your PS5 won’t update, you need to check your internet connection. This is usually the culprit, but if that doesn’t work, try restarting the update. The last resort is to download the update file and install it manually.

If all else fails, you may need to perform a factory reset or seek help from customer support.

What is PS5 Safe Mode?

Safe Mode allows your PS5 to boot up without compromising any of your gaming data. You will never have to use it if your console is working properly. However, in some cases, such as manually installing updates, you may need them.

You can also use Safe Mode to:

• Change the console resolution

• Perform a factory reset

• Modify the PS5 storage database

How long does it take to update a PS5?

Depending on the size of the file, this may take a few minutes under the right conditions. However, larger files will take longer depending on your internet connection and if you download other files simultaneously.

More is better

While automatic game and system updates can be handy for most users, others say the current system leaves more to be desired. Still, having the console downloads and installs out-of-the-box updates can definitely save you time. Make sure you don’t forget to check for updates manually as well.

What do you think needs improvement for the PS5 update process? Do you find that your games are missing updates? Let us know in the comments section below.


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