How to Change NAT Type – PS5, PS4 (2023)

Sony’s PlayStation consoles are arguably the most popular and reliable gaming devices for the past decades. The PS4 and PS5 have notably competed against the likes of Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and others. However, some PlayStation users are curious about how to change NAT type PS5.

How to Change NAT Type - PS5, PS4

The NAT type you will use can matter when connecting to other PlayStation systems and consoles. This guide will show you the steps to change the NAT type on your PS console and how to change NAT type to open.

Read on to know more.


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What is NAT Type?

The NAT type, also called Network Address Translation, is the type of network connection your PlayStation console has with your Wi-Fi router. Specifically, it’s a concept designed for gaming consoles to establish network limitations applied between your console and an external host. There are three main NAT types on PS4 and PS5 consoles:

  • NAT Type 1 – Known as Open NAT, it specifies that your PS4 or PS5 console is open to outbound and inbound traffic, which means you’ll experience fewer disconnections in this mode.
  • NAT Type 2 – Also called Moderate NAT, it directs the inbound traffic to the console, which gives the most security (typically done through UPnP or Port Forwarding).
  • NAT Type 3 – Also known as Strict NAT, this mode might not accept inbound traffic correctly, which can cause issues with some games, apps, and communication with other PlayStation Network users.


How to Change NAT Type

When having issues connecting to other users with your PS4 or PS5, you’ll first need to know what NAT type you currently have on your console. Depending on the default NAT type, it can prevent you from connecting other users with a different NAT.

To know what NAT type you have on your PS5, follow these steps:

  1. Switch on your PS5 console and navigate to Settings.
  2. Select Network and choose Connection Status.
  3. Choose View Connection Status and check your console’s NAT type.


How to Get Open NAT Type

Ideally, you should set your NAT type to NAT 1 or Open since it allows you to open the correct ports on your network. Fortunately, you can do this via Port Forwarding, which opens up digital ports that can allow your console to communicate with other gaming consoles and ease up network restrictions.

However, you’ll need to change your router’s port settings, which will need admin access. Once you have the necessary details—like your router’s IP address and the username and password for admin access—follow these steps below:

  1. Turn on your computer and open its default browser.
  2. Type your router’s IP address in the search bar and hit Enter.
  3. You will now be prompted to enter the login information necessary for admin access on your router.
  4. Once logged in, navigate to the Port Forwarding menu and add a new port with the following details:

TCP: 1935, 3478-3480

UDP: 3074, 3478-3479

You might also need to enter your router’s IP and MAC address in this step—both can be found on the labeling of your router or the View Connection Status page from earlier on your PS5.

  1. Choose Save or Apply Changes on the page. Your router will automatically restart.
  2. Then, reboot your PS5.
  3. Go to Settings > Network > Connection Status and select View Connection Status. The NAT type should now be changed to NAT 1 or Open.


Final Thoughts

Getting the correct NAT type on your PlayStation console is a necessary fix when you’re experiencing connection issues with various apps and games. Having a NAT type 1 or Open is an ideal choice and is recommended by most users since it has fewer network restrictions than the other NAT types available.

Hopefully, this guide helps you know how to change NAT type on PS4 and PS5. If you still have network or connection issues on your PlayStation console after following the steps above, try contacting your ISP or PlayStation Support for further help.