The PlayStation 5 offers a true next-gen console experience, with amazing graphics, sleek design and the DualSense controller, but like any other connected technology, it can experience connectivity issues from time to time.
The biggest concern for most console gamers is the NAT (Network Address Translation) type, it can limit who you can play with online, resulting in longer matchmaking (pairing) sessions and complicated chats. between friends and players. If these situations sound familiar to you, then it is probably moderate or strict NAT.
The good news is that you can change your NAT type to Open network on PS5, you just need to dive into the world of port forwarding to achieve this. It’s a bit complex, but here we walk you through the entire process.
How to change the type of NAT on your PS5
To change your NAT type on PS5, you must first check what your current NAT type is. Once you have this information, you will be able to decide if you need to open any ports on your router to improve your online gaming experience.
How to check your current NAT type on the PS5
The first step is to check your PS5’s current NAT type and understand what that means for your online gaming experience. To view the type of NAT:
- On your PS5, go to the Settings menu (the cogwheel at the top right of the home menu).
- Select Network.
- In Connection status, select View connection status Where Test the Internet connection. Both of these options show the current NAT type along with other key information like upload and download speeds, PSN access, and more.
The PS5 displays NAT type 1, 2, or 3, more commonly known as Open, Moderate, and Strict, respectively. In its simplest form, the type of NAT determines the connections you can make from your console: Open (1) allows you to connect to anything, Moderate (2) only has two ports Open and Moderate, and finally the type Strict (3) is more secure and allows login only to Open.
This will determine not only which friends you can play with in multiplayer, but also simple functions like voice chat. If you are on Strict NAT then you will not be able to hear your friends over other Strict or Moderate NATs in group chats.
If, on the other hand, you’re on an open NAT and still having trouble, then it’s likely to be related to something else, perhaps your Wi-Fi or PlayStation Network connection (or the specific game server to which you are trying to access) which is down.
For those using moderate or strict NAT, you will need to go through the port forwarding process.
How to use port forwarding on PS5
For those who do not know the world of networks, port forwarding is used to open the various digital ports on your router responsible for incoming and outgoing data flows. The problem that many gamers face is that consoles, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X, want to use ports that are traditionally closed on routers, resulting in the NAT issues you face.
To get open NAT on your PS5, you will need to open multiple ports on your router. However, accessing your router’s administration area, and the port forwarding menu in particular, varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, so we can only give you an outline of the process.
- Go to your router’s administration page and login using your details.
- Access the Port Forwarding menu.
- Add a new port using the following details:
- TCP: 1935, 3478-3480
- UDP: 3074, 3478-3479
You may also need your console’s IP address and MAC address at this point, both of which are in the same menu as your NAT type. Then :
- Save the settings and restart your router.
- Restart your PS5.
- Test your PS5’s internet connection by following the same steps as in the section above.
Your NAT type should now be open, ready to play online multiplayer games without a hitch. If not, check that you entered the correct information in the port forwarding menu, one wrong number will prevent the system from working as expected.