GAMER should check out their DualSense controllers – you might be making a common mistake.
Luckily, once you spot it, it’s easy to fix.
Sony has built a clever feature into its DualSense controller for the PS5: a microphone.
This means you can chat with friends without needing a headset (although it’s not strictly recommended).
There’s also a voice command feature that works a bit like Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri that you can use when that setting is enabled.
However, the microphone has two major drawbacks that you may not have noticed.
First, turning off the LED light bar under the PS button actually means the microphone is on.
This means you may not realize you have a microphone turned on for a while.
This can be annoying when having private conversations in real life and joining an online multiplayer lobby in a video game.
The second problem is that when your microphone is on on the DualSense controller, the joypad becomes “blunt”.
Your PlayStation reduces the intensity of the DualSense functions so that the quality of the microphone is not affected.
These include the adaptive triggers and haptic vibration feedback.
Luckily, muting the mic is easy: just press the LED bar below the PS button.
When it works, the light bar turns a bright orange color.
Just make sure you only press the button and don’t hold it down.
Holding down the button for a few seconds will mute your entire system – meaning the PS5’s sound will be completely turned off.
It’s handy to know, but don’t do it by accident.
To get better control over your microphone, you should go into the settings.
This allows you to select the default microphone device for your console.
Just go to Settings > Sound > Microphone.
It’s also possible to change the setting so that your microphone is automatically muted when you log in.
You can undo these settings at any time.