The PS5 offers an upgraded gameplay experience with more detailed textures, higher frame rates and even ray-tracing capabilities, but as games grow in size to accommodate the new features, downloads can take even longer – let’s not get started on the whopping 133GB download for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
The good news is that there are easy ways to speed up your PS5 download speeds, from investing in an Ethernet cable to tweaking your wireless settings. We outline all the ways to speed up your PS5 downloads right here.
Use an Ethernet cable
By far the most effective way to noticeably boost your download speeds on PS5 is to connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable. Even if your console is literally right next to your router – which isn’t the case in most homes – you’ll see a bump in speed if you plug in a network cable. You can get long Ethernet cables cheap from the likes of Amazon, ideal if you’re relatively near your router.
If, however, your router is on the other side of the home, chances are you won’t want a thick Ethernet cable snaking its way along your skirting boards and doorframes. In that situation, it’s better to invest in a Powerline adapter.
For those that are yet to get in on the Powerline fun, the technology essentially utilises your home wiring to connect to the internet – simply plug one in near your router and plug another one in near your PS5 to get Ethernet-level speeds without the long winding cables. They’re a great bit of kit and provide a stable, reliable internet connection ideal for fast downloads.
If you need some help choosing a Powerline adapter, take a look at our choice of the best powerline adapters available right now.
Connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi
If you don’t want to take the plunge with a Powerline adapter, you’ll need to make sure you’re utilising wireless connectivity as well as you can. Most modern routers offer Wi-Fi connectivity across two bands – 2.4GHz and 5GHz – with the former offering a wider range at the cost of download speeds, while the latter offers significantly improved download speeds, although admittedly with less coverage.
For the best download speeds, you’ll want to make sure your PS5 is connected to the 5GHz network.
The problem is that these days, routers tend to combine the two frequencies into a single Wi-Fi network and intelligently switch between them. That’s certainly a more convenient option for the everyday user, but if you want to make sure you’re always using the faster 5GHz network for downloads on your PS5, you might have to split the bands into two separate Wi-Fi networks.
This should be possible on most modern routers, including those provided by UK providers like BT and Virgin Media, but the steps will vary depending on the router you have. We’d recommend referring to your router’s user manual for specific instructions on splitting the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands.
If your home Wi-Fi doesn’t reach your PS5, we’d recommend upgrading to a mesh Wi-Fi system – we cover the best mesh Wi-Fi systems separately for those interested.
Change your DNS settings
Born in the PS4 era of slow download speeds, changing your connection’s DNS settings can have a notable difference on overall download speeds, especially when using Google’s DNS servers. The good news is that it’s a fairly simple process, and it’s completely free too:
- Head to the Settings menu on your PS5 (the cog in the top-right of the Home screen).
- Go to Network.
- Select Settings and select Set Up Internet Connection.
- Highlight the network you’re already connected to and press the Options button on your controller.
- Select Advanced Settings from the pop-up menu.
- Change DNS Settings from Automatic to Manual.
- Set the Primary DNS to 126.96.36.199 and the Secondary DNS to 188.8.131.52.
- Save your settings and restart your PS5.
Other ways to speed up PS5 downloads
While the options we’ve outlined above are the most likely to improve your PS5 download speeds, there are gamers that swear by other, more anecdotal, solutions like putting your PS5 into Rest Mode when downloading games.
There isn’t any hard proof that most of these will make a difference – bar upgrading your home Wi-Fi – there isn’t any harm in giving them a go if you’re suffering from particularly slow download speeds.
- Pause and resume your download
- Put your console into Rest Mode while downloading
- Make sure nobody else at home is downloading large files at the same time
- Invest in faster internet connectivity