GAMING fans have uncovered a genius PS5 trick that lets you mute the console with your controller.
The little-known feature is built into PlayStation’s next-gen DualSense joypad.
Silencing your console often involves physically muting the TV you’re playing on.
But that’s not always ideal: maybe the remote is out of reach, or maybe you’re connected with wireless headphones.
Whatever the reason, it’s actually possible to mute the PS5’s system audio with the DualSense controller.
As revealed by The Verge (via My Mate Vince on YouTube), you can hold the microphone-mute button to mute audio.
Hold it down for a second and you’ll see the orange light glow.
The same trick will unmute the console.
It appears to work for all audio outputs, including wired and wireless headphones.
If you like that, you’ll also want to find out about another clever Easter egg hidden on the PS5 controller.
It’s just one more reason why the DualSense joypad is so incredible.
The PS5 launched last November with phenomenal success, remaining largely sold out around the world ever since.
A big part of its appeal is the new DualSense controller – a “next gen” joypad.
A single controller comes with the console as standard, but many of you will want a second one for multiplayer games.
What’s special about the DualSense controller is that features “haptic” tech – to let you “feel” the game.
The term “haptic” literally means “relating to touch”, and so it’s about providing better touch feedback to your hands.
This replaces the more traditional rumble system you’d find in typical console joypads.
There are more vibrating motors in your controller (including the triggers and joysticks).
It gives the DualSense what PlayStation calls “a broader range of feedback”.
“Crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” said PlayStation boss Jim Ryan.
“You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud.”
The new controller will also feature adaptive triggers – technology built into the L2 and R2 trigger buttons.
Developers are able to program the resistance of these triggers so you can feel the “tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow”, for instance.
PlayStation exclusive Astro’s Playroom is one of the first games to feature that new haptic technology.
Of course, many gamers are still waiting to get their hands on a PS5.
Sony launched the PS5 in mid November, charging £350 for the digital version and £450 for the full-fat console with a disc tray.
Ever since, stock has vanished in a matter of minutes – and even seconds.
Many gamers were left without a console for Christmas, due to high demand and a widespread scalping issue.
Sony has promised more stock in 2021.
And insiders have revealed that some of the delays are linked to shortages of the chips that power the consoles.
It’s expected that these shortages will be over by June or July.
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