These days, many video game consoles will keep track of how many hours you’ve played for each game you own. As part of the latest generation of consoles, the PS5 will also record how long you’ve spent playing games. However, you will not see the playing time on the main menu.
To see your total playing time, you will need to open another window. Fortunately, doing so is very straightforward. Keep reading to find out how many hours you’ve devoted to your latest game.
PS5: How to check hours played
If you’re a regular gamer and aren’t sure how many hours you’ve spent playing Call of Duty, the console itself has a built-in tracker. Every time you start a game and let it run, the PS5 starts counting the hours. Eventually you will rack up thousands of hours without knowing.
Usually the total hours played are not visible when you want to play your games. Therefore, you need to go to the right place to find out 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 each game’s title is the last time you played it and how many hours you accumulated.
- When you’re done viewing, you can exit the profile menu.
Also to the right of each game’s title are game progress percentages and trophies earned. If you are a “completionist”, you can enter this menu and determine how much progress is left before you hit 100%.
Another detail that is not visible to many users is that if you use your older PSN account that recorded gameplay on your PS4, you can also find that information on your PS5. Yes, you can keep your old stats even after you get rid of your PS4.
So if you’re trying to prove that you have 2,000 hours on Minecraft for PS4, you can log into your PSN account on PS5, for example. The steps above will work as long as you played on the same account on both consoles. Even if Minecraft is not installed on the newer console, it is still possible to find your hours played.
Check a friend’s playtime
The PS5 also lets players see how much their friends have played their games. The steps are quite similar to finding your own. This time you will open another menu.
Try these instructions to find out how many hours your friends have on their games:
- Turn on your PS5.
- Move your cursor to the upper right corner.
- Select the profile icon.
- This time go to the “Friends” tab.
- Choose a friend to check.
- 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 you want.
Besides satisfying your curiosity, checking your friend’s playtime doesn’t do much. However, this explains why they are good in a game.
Set up playtime controls for PS5
If you are a parent, you probably worry if your child spends too many hours on a video game. Fortunately, if your child is on a child account, you can limit their playing time. There are some requirements 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 your family member.
- The account must have time zones in advance.
There are three ways to limit your child’s playing time, such as:
Your child can play the game without fear of being forcibly ejected from the game when it is off.
- Setting when play time ends
With this setting, you can prevent your child from playing outside of a set time, such as 9:00 PM every day.
- Determine duration and playable hours
As for the third setting, you can easily adjust play time for individual days of the week or every day.
There are also two ways to set playing time. One will work on your browser, and the other with a PS5.
We will first look at using the web browser.
- go here website and log in to 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 after you’re done.
As for using a PS5, it will go like this:
- On your PS5, sign in to your family manager or guardian account.
- Go to the settings menu.
- Select “Family and Parental Controls,” then select “Family Management.”
- Open your child’s account from the list.
- Set a time zone before selecting “Game Settings”.
- After managing the child’s playtime, apply the changes by pressing “Save”.
With these restrictions active, you can prevent your kids from playing video games for too long. Checking the hours of play on your child’s account using the methods above can make for a more straightforward decision.
When the account reaches the end of playing time, they will receive a notification to save and close before the time ends. As the manager or guardian, you can set the PS5 to log them out once playtime is over.
Why is playtime important?
Monitoring your own play time is crucial as you can remind yourself to play another game or stop playing too much 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 may not have much to do with knowing how long you’ve spent on a game, it can be a comfort when you find out. On the other hand, you can also use your 3,000 hours as bragging rights.
Can you hide games from other players?
Yes you can. You can do this by going to the privacy menu and selecting 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. Doing so will prevent friends or other players from seeing any activity related to the game, including hours played.
Is it that long?
While it hasn’t been determined if the PS5 idle counts as playtime, it can be useful to find out that you’ve spent hundreds or thousands of hours on a game. Parents can use that information to decide whether their children need limited play time. As for adults, they can also choose to change games or stop playing for a while.
What are your most played games? Do you set playtime limits for your children? Let us know in the comments section below.