How to Update PlayStation 5 console in 2024?

Discover step-by-step instructions for updating your PS5 system software and troubleshooting common update issues. Keep your console running smoothly and securely.

By Abhishek Chandel
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Update PlayStation 5 console

Update PlayStation 5 console

The PS5 is Sony's newest game console and it really is an impressive piece of tech. While it promises major upgrades over the PS4 like better graphics, speed and processing power, at its core it's still software that brings the whole system to life. Keeping that software up to date is key both for unlocking the full capabilities of the console and fixing any bugs or security issues.

This guide will show you how to manually check for and install any system updates available for your PS5. It'll walk you through navigating to the update settings and choosing the right installation option. Following these steps will help make sure your PS5 keeps running smoothly with the newest software.

Steps to update PlayStation 5 console

1. Start by powering on your PS5 console and navigating to the main home screen.

2. Using your DualSense controller, highlight the Settings icon in the top-right corner and press the X button to select it.

3. On the Settings menu, go to the System option listed on the left side and choose it.

4. Select System Software from the System menu options.

5. On the right side of the screen, choose System Software Update and Settings.

6. This will take you to the Update screen. Check for any available updates under Update System Software.

7. If an update is shown, select it then pick Update Using Internet on the next screen. Finally, confirm installation by selecting Update. The PS5 will restart to complete the process. Allow several minutes for the update to fully install before using your console again.

Troubleshooting PlayStation 5 update Issues

1. Check Internet Connection

It's important to have the optimal Internet connection when updating your PlayStation 5. Start by using a wired Ethernet connection from the console to the router for the most stable and reliable download speeds. If using WiFi, try moving the PS5 closer to boost the signal. Also test your connection on other devices like a computer to check for any broader network issues that may be slowing speeds.

2. Free Up Storage Space

Go to Settings > Storage and delete any unneeded games, apps or captured screenshots/videos until you've freed up at least 5-10GB of space. Clearing extra space prevents issues caused by insufficient storage availability during the update process.

4. Restart the Console

From the home screen, go to Settings > System and select "Shutdown." Power the console back on to perform a clean restart. This refreshes the system software and can fix minor bugs blocking an update.

5. Power Cycle the Console

Hold the PlayStation power button until you hear two rapid beeps, then wait at least 1 minute before turning the console back on. A full power down/restart occasionally helps when a soft reset fails.

6. Rebuild Database

With the system off, press and hold the power button until you hear 2 beeps, then connect a controller using USB and select "Rebuild Database." This scans and repairs files to resolve potential update/download corruption issues.


Rebuilding the database should only be considered if you have tried all the other troubleshooting steps without success in resolving update issues. It is a more intensive process that could potentially fix file corruption blocking an update. Being on the latest system software is important for security reasons as well daily use.

By referring back to this guide as needed, you will be equipped to regularly check for and install any new PlayStation 5 system software updates to continuously enjoy the full features and performance of your new console. Keeping your system software up to date is a small effort for big rewards.

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