Many video game consoles these days will keep track of how many hours you've played for each game you own. Being part of the latest generation of consoles, the PS5 will also log how much time you've spent on games. However, you will not see the time played on the main menu.
To see your total play time, you will need to open another window. Fortunately, doing so is very simple. Keep reading to find out how many hours you put into your last game.
PS5: How to check game hours
If you're a frequent gamer and don't know how many hours you've spent playing Call of Duty, the console itself has a built-in tracker. Every time you fire up a game and leave it running, the PS5 starts counting down the hours. Eventually, you will accumulate thousands of hours without knowing it.
Usually, the total number of hours played is not visible when you want to play your games. Therefore, you will need to go to the right place to find your user information. Here's what to do:
- Turn on your PS5.
- Go to your profile in the top right corner.
- Open your profile.
- Go to the "Games" tab between "Friends" and "Overview".
- Scroll down to your list of games.
- Below the title of each game is the last time you played it and the number of hours you accumulated.
- When you are done with the verification, you can exit the profile menu.
To the right of each game's title are also game progress percentages and trophies earned. If you are a "completion", you can access this menu and determine the remaining progress before reaching 100%.
Another detail that many users don't see is that if you're using your old PSN account that saved the game on your PS4, you can find that information on your PS5 as well. Yes, you can keep your old stats even after you get rid of your PS4.
So if you're trying to prove you have 2 hours on Minecraft for PS000, for example, you can log into your PSN account on PS4. The above steps will work as long as you play on the same account on both consoles. Even if Minecraft is not installed on the new console, it is still possible to find your hours of play.
Check a friend's playtime
The PS5 also allows gamers to check how much their friends have played their games. The steps are quite similar to finding yours. This time you will open another menu.
To find out how many hours your friends have on their games, try these guidelines:
- Turn on your PS5.
- Move your cursor to the upper right corner.
- Select the profile icon.
- Head to the "Friends" tab this time.
- Choose a friend to verify.
- Go to your friend's "Games" tab.
- Scroll down and see how long they've been playing Rocket League or any other game.
- Repeat for other friends if desired.
Beyond satisfying your curiosity, checking your friend's playtime doesn't do much. That explains why they're good at a game, though.
Adjusting play time controls for PS5
If you're a parent, you'll probably be concerned if your child spends too many hours on a video game. Fortunately, if your child has a child account, you can limit their playing time. There are a few prerequisites for this:
- You need your own PSN account.
- You must be your child's account manager or guardian.
- The child's account must belong to a member of your family.
- The account must have predefined time zones.
There are three ways to limit your child's play time, such as:
Your child can play the game without fear of being forcibly ejected from the game when the game is disabled.
- Setting the end of playback
With this setting, you can prevent your child from playing beyond a set time, such as 21 p.m. every day.
- Establish duration and hours of play
As for the third setting, you can easily customize the playtime for certain days of the week or every day.
There are also two ways to set the play time. One will work on your browser and the other with a PS5.
We will first look at using the web browser.
- Go to this website and log into your family manager account.
- Select your child's family account.
- Click "Edit" next to the play time limit.
- Adjust how long your child can play for their games.
- Save your settings when you're done.
As for using a PS5, it goes like this:
- On your PS5, sign in to your Family Manager or Guardian account.
- Go to the settings menu.
- Select "Family & Parental Controls", then choose "Family Management".
- Open your child's account from the list.
- Set a time zone before choosing "Play time settings".
- After managing the child's play time, apply the changes by pressing "Save".
With these active restrictions, you can prevent your kids from playing video games for too long. Checking your child's playtime with the methods listed above can make this decision easier.
When the account reaches the end of the game time, they will receive a notification to save and quit before the time runs out. As a manager or guardian, you can set the PS5 to disconnect them after playtime is over.
Why is playing time important?
Being able to check your own playtime is crucial, as you can remind yourself to play another game or stop overplaying each day. When you realize you've spent too much time on a game, it's time to spend those hours on something else.
While you might not have much to do knowing how much time you've spent on a game, it could be a comfort when you find out. On the other hand, you can also use your 3 hours for bragging rights.
Can you hide games from other players?
Yes you can. You can do this by going to the privacy menu and choosing the option. You will see a list of all your installed games.
Once you see the list, all you have to do is turn on the switches. This will prevent your friends or other players from seeing any game-related activity, including hours played.
It's been such a long time ?
While it's unclear whether the PS5 counts idling as playtime, it can be helpful to find out that you've spent hundreds or thousands of hours on a game. Parents can use this information to decide if their children need limited play time. As for adults, they can also choose to switch games or stop playing for a while.
What are your most played games? Do you set game time restrictions for your children? Let us know in the comments section below.