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Where is the PS5 Power Button?

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Where is the PS5 power button? It's the first obvious question for anybody setting up their brand new PlayStation 5 - how to find the "on" button and turn on your console properly. Considering there aren't many buttons and none of them are labelled, it's more than fair for anybody to be a little uncertain on this point.

The glossy black panel that runs down the centre of the PS5 hides the impenetrable secrets of the console's power - look down at the bottom half of this area of the console and you'll see two very thin, pill-like buttons. If your your console is standing vertically the power button is the bottom one. If you're going sideways, it's the button on the right (assuming you have the machine the right way around with the disc drive on the bottom).


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Unless you're setting your PS5 up in good lighting, it's actually very easy to miss both of these. Plus, as they're not labelled, it's not very clear which ones which until you start poking and prodding. If you're anything like me, you'll be nervous around your new bit of kit too, which never helps when things aren't clearly labelled. 

Of course, once you've got your controller all synced up, you'll probably never have to use the PS5 Power Button again. It's just the initial set-up process that may catch you out with its sneaky buttons. 

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