PS4 Tips & Tricks

PS4 Tips & Tricks

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In this blog, we highlight PlayStation 4 tips and tricks that you can use to make the best use out of your Sony video gaming console. Whether it’s get a PS4 fan or buy a nice accessory, these are the PS4 tips you need. Some of these PS4 tricks can be used with or without accessories.

  1. Using Headphones with your console – contrary to common misconception, you don’t need to purchase a pair of expensive gaming headphones just to enjoy wireless gaming audio on the PlayStation 4. The PS4 is equipped with a cool feature that sends out all audio and chat signals to the headphones that you plug-in to the controller. This will work with just about any pair of headphones, so you don’t necessarily need to invest a hundred or so bucks on a new pair.
  2. Using Mouse & Keyboard with the PlayStation 4 – want to make use of a mouse or keyboard with the PlayStation 4? If your accessory is USB, you simply just need to plug it in and then tell your console what profile it’s been lined to. You may also be able to use a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard by navigating to Settings>Devices>Bluetooth Devices. This allows the console to search for devices that it can pair with.
  3. Pre-Ordering on PSN so as to Preload Games – if you are not buying your video games digitally, you know will have no problem inserting the disc and getting started. But if you do, it can take quite a considerable amount of time to download them. Rather than just having to wait for the release date to get the games you’re looking for, you might want to preload the game at least 24 hours before it’s officially released so that you can get started with the game play as soon as the clock hits midnight. This can be down by preordering the particular game you’re interested in at the PSN store.
  4. Use PS App as a Remote Secondary Screen – if you’re looking for additional control of your console, you can download the iPhone, Android and iPad PlayStation app. This allows you to do a number of things, although it doesn’t specifically let you access Remote Play. Still, you’ll be able to employ your iPhone or Android device as some sort of remote control cool for some handy PS4 functions. You can also use it as a second screen in some video games such as Madden 15.
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PS4 Tips & Tricks – Part II

PS4 Tips & Tricks – Part II

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This is the second post in our PS4 tips and tricks Series. We highlight more PS4 tips and tricks that will help you make more out of your PlayStation 4.

5. Take a Screenshot on the PlayStation – want to take a screenshot on your video gaming console? You can share your screenshots with your fan base on Facebook so as to update them on your video gaming progress. Simply press the Share button on our PlayStation 4 and within seconds a screen cap will be effected. Make sure to press the share button until you see a small notification appearing on the screen. You may be able to upload the screenshot to a third-party online service. Screenshots are also saved in the PlayStation’s capture gallery. If this is the first time you’re sharing to a third-party online service, you’ll need to login.

6. Record PS4 Videos – the PlayStation 4 comes packed with the capability to record 15 minutes of gameplay so you won’t need to start recording before you do something worth recording. When playing are in the course of your video gaming and you realize that you’re pulling some great strategy, simply hit the share button and a small screen will appear allowing you to save the video. If you’re however planning to do something cool, you can double tap press and then share button to specify the start point of the video.

It’s also worth noting that you use the same Share Button settings from the section above to incorporate microphone audio in the clip, as well as set blocked scenes and video lengths. You are also able to link to other services such as Facebook and YouTube via this menu. Being able to record your video gaming experience is an incredible thing especially when you’re a pro and want to show the world what you can really do.

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PS4 Tips & Tricks – Part III

PS4 Tips & Tricks – Part III

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This is the third part in our PS4 tips and tricks series. Learn more tips that’ll help you make better use of your PlayStation 4.

7. Upgrade the PS4 Hard Drive – if you’re one of those users who purchase a lot of digital video games, you know very well that the default PS4 storage space won’t be enough for you. You need to scale up by purchasing and installing more space. You might think that 500GB is a lot, but wait until you have 10 video games and want to add more. To upgrade your PS4 hard drive, you’ll need to purchase a 2.5” internal hard drive that is 9.5mm or thinner and that easily connects with the SATA ports. For as much as $110, you can get a 2TB hard drive for your video gaming console. It’s important that you back up your saved data (including games) before you do a hard drive upgrade. You might want to save your data to a USB drive. This can be done from the Settings>Application Saved Data Management>System Storage screen. This done, you need to completely turn off your video gaming console and unplug it from power. Disconnect any other cables that might still be plugged in. The next step involves detaching a small screw and then sliding out the hard drive to the front of the PlayStation. Remove the mounting bracket from the old drive and then attach to the new PS4 drive you bought for the upgrade. This done, you can then attach the cover. Since you still have to install the system software, get a minimum 1GB USB drive and then navigate to this Sony webpage and get the software on the New Installation of the System Software area.

8. Fix PS4 Scratches – like with most other delicate consumer electronics, the PlayStation 4 scratches pretty easy. The glossy hard drive cover is particularly susceptible. You definitely are taking ample care of your console, you still need to go the extra step to make it a lot better. Luckily, an automotive product known as Meguiar’s ScratchX 2.0 will help you get rid of the scratches on your console. If the damage is extensive, you might also want to consider purchasing a replacement cover.

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PS4 Tips & Tricks – Part IV

PS4 Tips & Tricks – Part IV

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This is the final part in our PS4 tips and tricks. Learn more tips that’ll help enhance your video console gaming experience.

9. Play PS4 Demos – if you just bought your brand new PlayStation 4, you must be wondering how you can be able to play demos. These are the games you can try before you actually buy them on the PSN store. Demos are actually free to play. Navigate to the PlayStation Store on your console>Games>Demos so that you view a selection of trial games that you can start with. You may also want to scroll over to ‘New Demos’ so as to access a larger selection of games that you can actually try playing before you purchase.

10. Using PS4 Remote Play – you can use the Sony PS Vita accessory to play PlayStation 4 games on the go, even if you’re using a controller. You might also be able to use a smartphone to do the same. PS Remote Play effectively streams the gameplay to your mobile device, so you ought to have a great connection for this to even work. Although it can work on any networks, it’s recommended for home. Smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z3v already include PS4 Remote Play functionality; you will be able to install PS4 Remote Play on just about any Android device.

These cool PS4 tips are everything you need to jumpstart your console gaming experience. Get started following these tips and make the best out of your PS4!

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