How to Play Online on PS5

Playing online on Sony’s latest console is streamlined and straightforward. Connect to the internet, and you are good to go. Some games require a PlayStation Plus membership to play online. However, Free-to-play games like Fortnite and COD: Warzone only need an internet connection. Follow these steps to play online on PS5.

Check your internet connection

  1. Turn on the PS5 and log in to your PSN account.
  2. Navigate to Settings, then scroll down and select Network.

    Network settings on PS5
    Check internet connectivity in PS5 Network settings

  3. Make sure the internet is connected by using the Test Internet Connection tool in Network 

    Internet stats on PS5
    Double-checking internet connection in the Network Settings menu

  4. If it isn’t connected, sign in from the Set Up Internet Connection option on the Network screen

    Connecting to the internet on PS5
    Selecting wired or wireless internet connection in the setup

  5. Once connected, start a game you want to play

    GTA V Online
    Playing GTA V Online on the PS5

  6. If it’s a paid game, a PlayStation Plus subscription is required to play online.

How to know which games require PS Plus

Free-to-play games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone do not require a PlayStation Plus subscription. You can connect to the internet, start a free-to-play game, and access online features for free.

Free to Play game doesn't need PS Plus
Free-to-play games don’t need PS Plus Subscription

On the other hand, paid games like Call of Duty: Vanguard, Dying Light 2, and Borderlands 3 require an active PS Plus subscription for online features.

PS Plus requirement on the Store
Checking product descriptions on the PlayStation Store

You can check game details on the PS Store to verify if a game requires PS Plus for online play.

PlayStation Now

PS Now subscription service landing page
PS Now subscription offers hundreds of games that can be played online without PS Plus

PlayStation Now is a subscription service that offers paid games for a fixed monthly fee. If a game is featured on PlayStation Now, it can be played online if you have a subscription, without any additional costs.

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