The PS4 is now available across a number of different markets and by the looks of it, it’s already become very hard to get your hands on one if you didn’t pre-order in advance.
However for those who have got one, we’ve listed some neat tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your new next gen console.
If you know of any PS4 tips and tricks that we haven’t listed, put them down in the comments and we’ll add them to the post.
Connect headphones to your controller
The Dualshock 4 controller that comes with the PS4 has a neat feature where it allows you to connect any headphones that have a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can then go into the settings and channel all sound to come through your headphones. Very useful for when you have some late night sessions and don’t want to disturb anyone else. If the headphones have a mic built-in, even better, the PS4 can support that mic so you end up having a proper headset.
Upgrade your hard drive
A unique feature to the PS4 is the ability to upgrade the hard drive. All games now require installing and games are getting bigger. That 500GB can be easily filled with games and media. I’d advise upgrading to a 1TB or 2TB hybrid drive. You get the speed as well as capacity. You’ll notice your PS4 booting and launching games much quicker with a hybrid drive.
Charge your controllers even when the PS4 is asleep
The PS4 now has a sleep mode just like your computer or laptop would. It goes into a low power state. When in sleep mode, you can have it charge the controllers – unlike the PS3, where you had to have it on to charge. You can also charge it with phone chargers because it uses the very common MicroUSB connection.
Use your phone as second screen
You can get the PlayStation app for both Android and iOS. This app allows you to do quite a lot with your console even when you’re not near it. You can check for notifications, invites, game alerts and messages. You can of course send and receive messages directly from the app. You can access the PlayStation store and download games right to your PS4. You can check what friends are online. And you can even use your phone as a keyboard, making typing in stuff a lot quicker.
Connect a bluetooth keyboard
The PS4 of course supports bluetooth keyboards. Speeding up your typing pace massively.
Connect Facebook and Twitter
You can connect your PSN account to Facebook and Twitter. Allowing you to share activities. Probably the most useful feature though is the ability for it to pull your profile picture from Facebook – making you much more recognisable on PSN.
Automatically download and install games
The PS4 can automatically download and install games and updates – it can do it when it’s in standby/sleep mode. You just have to enable it in the settings.