Two best friends play tips

Turn off Trophy Clips

If you’re a trophy hunter, chances are your PS Gallery is filled with video clips of the moments you unlocked particular trophies. That’s all well and good, but this practice can quickly fill up space on the tiny SSD of the PS5. Fortunately, you can disable trophy clips on your console.

  • Go to ‘Settings -> Captures and Broadcasts.’
  • Under Trophies, disable ‘Save Trophy Videos.’ You can also disable ‘Save Trophy Screenshots’ while you’re at it. Alternatively, if you enjoy having trophy videos, you can change the video duration from 15 seconds to 30 seconds. You can then get a longer video clip of the moment you earn that final Platinum trophy.

Avoid Spoilers

Game spoilers can be just as bad as spoilers for a TV show you like. No one wants to know what happens next in God of War before they play the game themselves. So, if you wish to avoid spoilers while browsing the PS Store or from a friend who keeps sharing screenshots of their gameplay, follow the steps below to block such spoilers.

  • Go to ‘Settings -> Saved Data and Game/App Settings.’
  • Under ‘Spoiler Warnings,’ change the status to ‘Everything You Haven’t Seen Yet’ to avoid all spoilers from any game that you play on your PS5.

Automatically Set Game Difficulty, Resolution, etc

Most PS5 games offer a difficulty setting, and some new games even support different resolutions that you can play on. If you do not want to adjust these settings for every new game you install, you can preset these details, and they will apply to every game on the PS5. You can check out our article on how to automatically set game difficulty and resolution to set this up on your console.

Save Storage Space on PS5

The PlayStation 5 comes with a considerably tiny SSD, which means storage space is at a premium on your console. Now, while you can’t currently upgrade the SSD on the PS5, there is a way to save storage space. Of all the games you’re playing, there may be a lot that are just PS4 games. And you can install PS4 games on an external hard disk to save storage space on the internal SSD of your PlayStation 5.

Turn off Your Controller Mic by Default

The new DualSense controller has a lot of cool features including the new Create button, haptic feedback, and adaptive triggers. Plus, it has a mic as well, which means you no longer need an additional mic to voice chat with your friends. However, using the mic reduces the haptic feedback strength, which some of you may not prefer. In case you don’t want that, you can always use the mute button on the controller. I myself like to turn the mic off by default.

  • Go to ‘Settings -> Sound.’
  • Change ‘Microphone Status When Logged In’ to ‘Mute.’ Your controller mic will be off by default now, so you don’t have to worry about manually muting the mic every time you launch a game on your PS5.

Buy a House

New World features online leaderboards for players with the best housing. You’re awarded points based on decorations, rarity of the items you place, and more. All of which leads to bragging rights: whichever player is at the top of the leaderboards has their house appear to all other players in that particular town. This might sound like a waste of time in New World, especially if you aren’t the type of person who likes to decorate things in games. However, there are plenty of reasons to purchase a house besides just throwing a bunch of furniture into it. Fast traveling in New World can get expensive very quickly, especially if you have many items on you. There are inns in each town that you can check into, which will allow you to “return” to them at any point; however, this “return” option has a very long cooldown. When you buy a house, though, you add another place that you can “return” to in town. This system basically allows for free fast travel and can be a good way to help you get around the map without having to pay those expensive fast travel costs. Speaking of costs, houses have upgradeable storage for you to place items you don’t need at any given time. The same goes for pets — you can house them at your own home if you don’t need them just then. Even the decorations have bonuses beyond the aesthetic. Certain powerful furnishings give your characters buffs when you place them. Housing, in short, isn’t just a vanity project for a small subset of players to care about. It’s an essential part of New World.

Enabling PVP Gives More Experience

PVP used to be mandatory in New World. While that has changed in recent versions of the game, PVP is still a crucial component, and the developers have come up with a way to help push players towards it. While you can play the entire game as a PVE MMO, those who take the risk to enable PVP can get an additional 10 percent experience boost as they play. It’s a small boost, but if you don’t mind the risk of running into enemy players and really want to dig into the meat and potatoes of New World, you can count on a faster leveling experience. Just be ready to fight other factions whenever you leave town.

Choose Weapons That Rely on the Same Attributes

Unlike a lot of MMOs, New World doesn’t lock you into using a single weapon type. Instead, players can choose between a list of different weapons and level them up however they see fit. But you’ll want to take into account the time it takes to level weapons, and how your base attributes line up with those specific weapons. For example, some weapons will utilize attributes like Strength, which will give you bonuses towards the use of heavy weapons like battle axes and hammers. On the other hand, putting more attribute points into Dexterity can improve your skill with weapons like hatchets and rapiers. You can see which weapons an attribute affects — and how greatly it affects it — in the Attributes menu. After reaching a certain level, you’ll unlock the ability to equip two weapons that you can easily swap between during combat. This can be great for hitting combos, so you should try to stick with weapons that use the same attributes in order to increase your effectiveness with those types of items. While you can feed attributes for two completely different types of weapons, it will spread your points thin and make you weaker.

Equipment Weight Matters

Just like inventory weight, Equipment Weight plays an important role in how you move around the world. While there aren’t any specific class requirements for armor types — you can mix and match heavy, light, or medium armor as you see fit — you have to pay attention to how heavy the armor you’re using is and how it weighs you down. Wearing armor that is too heavy can slow you down, making dodging almost impossible due to the stamina cost it has on your movement. Because of this, you’ll want to pay careful attention to the meter next to your armor slots. If you want to play a character that can dodge around easily and stay out of trouble, then going with light or medium armor in most slots is key to keeping your stamina cost low. If you plan on blocking attacks instead of dodging, then using heavy or medium armor can be a good way to increase your defense and make those hits hurt less. Keep an eye on your Equipment Weight and change it up depending on what you need for the fights you plan on taking part in.

Items in Storage Sheds Can Be Used at Crafting Stations

Juggling inventory space is a vital part of just about every MMO out there, and New World is no different. With so many items to craft and gather around the world, keeping your inventory clean and empty for runs outside of town is important. Luckily, Storage Sheds placed around each town are perfect for throwing in items that you don’t need to carry around. Even better, though, is the fact that any items stored in those Storage Sheds can be accessed for crafting at any of the workshops and crafting stations situated around the town. This means you can shove all that heavy iron you’ve been gathering into the first Storage Shed that you see, and still refine it all at the Forge the next time you visit without taking up your precious inventory space.