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How to access PS5's secret web browser

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Though the PS5 offers more features than its predecessor, one function that was available on the PS4 seemed to have been left out from the PS5: a web browser. Well, at least that's what we thought. It turns out that Sony's latest console does in fact have a web browser, though accessing it isn't a straightforward process. 

Originally spotted by Arstechinca (opens in new tab), there is actually a “hidden web browsing interface” contained within the PS5. We presume the feature hasn’t been given its own dedicated app on the PS5 as it was rarely used on the PS4. However, PS5 users who want access to a browser on their console can now do so with this workaround.  

It's important to note that the PS5's web browser is not fully functional. It’s clearly not a feature that Sony intended users to have access to, so it does have pretty heavy restrictions and a number of quirks. 

The browser is pretty good at loading sites that are primarily text, but it does struggle with images, videos and audio. Plus, you need a Twitter account to access it, as Twitter is used as the backbone of the web surfing experience. To visit other sites, you will need to access them through Twitter first via a link or embedded tweet.  

If you’re looking to watch YouTube or listen to Spotify, we strongly suggest downloading the PS5 specific apps for the best user experience. Using this secret web browser is really more of a novelty, given its limited features and poor user experience.

Of course, the ability to access a hidden browser could be an indication that Sony plans to roll out a full browser in the future. But if you can’t wait till then, here's our guide on how to access PS5’s secret web browser. 

How to access PS5’s secret web browser 

1. From the PS5 home screen, navigate to Settings

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2. Once in the system settings, scroll down to Users and Accounts. Now select Link with Other Services from the submenu and click Twitter and then Link Account.  

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3. A pop-up window will appear, which asks you to enter your Twitter account details. Instead of doing this click the Twitter icon in the top left corner.  

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4. You’ll be taken to the standard Twitter log-in page. Enter your account details as you would on any traditional web browser.  

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5. You’ll be taken to your Twitter home screen and from here you can access external sites such as YouTube, Reddit, and even Tom’s Guide.  

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6. If you want to visit a particular website you’ll need to locate a tweet or account featuring a link to it. The easiest way to do this is usually through the site’s official Twitter account (if available).   

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Now you know how to access PS5's secret web browser, you might want to take a look at how to turn off the PS5 DualSense microphone or how to disable PS5 trophy videos. And if you've just picked up your shiny new PS5, take a look at the 10 PS5 tips everyone needs to know.

Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.  

  • Irewolfman
    Easier option!

    Message a friend
    Call it Browser

    Type


    www.google.com
    SEND

    Now click the link to open browser
    Reply