How to Update System Software on a PS5 Console

How to Update System Software on a PS5 Console
How to Update System Software on a PS5 Console [Image via: @AskPlayStation Twitter Handle]

Keeping your PlayStation 5 (PS5) console’s system software up-to-date is crucial for the best gaming experience. This guide will walk you through the process of updating your PS5 system software.


Updating System Software via Internet

  1. Turn on your PS5 console and ensure it is connected to the internet.
  2. Sign in to your PlayStation Network (PSN) account.
  3. Go to Settings > System > System Software > Update and Settings > Update System Software.
  4. If there is an update available, select Update Using Internet and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update process.

Updating System Software Using a USB Drive

If you’re unable to update your PS5 system software via the internet, you can use a USB drive to manually update your system.

  1. Download the latest update file from the PlayStation website.
  2. Save the update file as PS5/UPDATE/PS5UPDATE.PUP on a FAT32 formatted USB drive.
  3. Turn off the PS5 completely and plug in the USB drive and the controller to the console.
  4. Press and hold the power button until you hear two beeps and enter safe mode.
  5. Select Update System Software and then Update from USB Drive.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen and wait for the update to finish.


If a system software update is stuck, you can restart the download. If restarting the system software download fails, you can update the PS5 system software using a PC or Mac.

If your console doesn’t recognize the update file, check that the USB is in FAT32 or exFAT format and that the folder and file names are correct. If this process fails, you may need to reinstall the system software.

Remember, regular system software updates are part of Sony’s commitment to improving the user experience and ensuring the console’s software is up-to-date with the latest technological advancements.

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