9 Useful PS4 Tips and Tricks To Get Most Out Of Your Console

9 Useful PS4 Tips and Tricks To Get Most Out Of Your Console

March 18, 2019

Once you've got your PlayStation 4 up and running, you are going to need to learn how to get the most out of your PS4 console.

While differences are separating the standard PS4, the PS4 Slim and the 4K-outputting PS4 Pro, don't worry the bulk of the tips and tricks we have found here apply to all the PS4 consoles. Take a good look through the following PS4 and PS4 Pro tips and tricks, I will be bringing you everything you need to know to get the most out of your PS4 console.

To ensure you get the most out of your PS4 console, make sure there are no underlying issues with your console, you can check out some common PS4 problems and how to fix them here.

Let's start with a few obvious ones.

1. Make The Most Of Your Headphones/Headset On Your PS4

Make The Most Of Your Headphones/Headset On Your PS4

 A 3.5mm jack is conveniently located on the DualShock 4 which means that you can plug your headphones or headset straight into the controller. The default setting is for chat sound only, but this is changed by holding down the PS button in the game and selecting 'Adjust Devices' on the resulting menu. Pick the 'Output To Headphones' option and select 'All Sound.'

If you would like the wireless experience, you can connect a Bluetooth headset for your PS4 also, though you will want to check that it is officially supported as unfortunately not all Bluetooth headphones are compatible. All you've got to do is turn on your headphones, head over to "Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices' and pick your headset.

2. Make The Most Of Your Smartphone While Using The PS4

Make The Most Of Your Smartphone While Using The PS4

There are some pretty neat features on offer through the PlayStation app.  Entering text had to be among the most challenging procedures on the PS3. Sony has made some significant progress with this function on the PS4, but it is at its best when using the PlayStation App as a secondary screen for text entry.

Together with your phone and PS4 on precisely the same Wi-Fi network, you can pair them through the PlayStation App link settings on the PS4. With both logged in to the identical PSN ID, pick the second display option, choose the keyboard icon in the top left. PlayStation messaging becomes fun again. Due to the latest update, there's even mascot themed decals in there for when words are not enough. 

You can also use your phone to set your PS4 to download new games as you're out and about. Utilizing the PlayStation Store on the PlayStation App you can peruse for new content and, if your PS4 is on standby with 'connect to the internet' adopted in its power save settings, you can set games downloading instantly after your purchase so that they are ready for you when you arrive home. Just head to the download list as soon as you have bought a game or redeemed a code and choose the choice to download to your PS4.

3. Don't Wait Hours For A Download, Pre-load Your PS4 Games

3. Don't Wait Hours For A Download, Pre-load Your PS4 Games

All pre-orders available on the PlayStation Store now come with the ability to pre-load your store-bought games. This means files are available to download several days before the release date and you won't be left seeing a loading bar while for hours.

If you are finding your downloads are taking longer then usual check out this handy guide on How to Increase Your PS4 Download Speed For Faster Downloads.

Make sure that your console is set up for automatic downloads while in rest mode and your PS4 will do all of the work for you and start downloading when files become available. It is worth keeping in mind too that there needs to be enough space on the PS4 HDD, so check the file size to make sure the game will be there if you need it.

4. Turn On Your TV With Your PS4

4. Turn On Your TV With Your PS4

Did you know that you can turn on your TV when you power up your PS4? It's a neat little feature but is still not universally used as not all TVs support it, and it requires a little fiddling in Settings menus. Officially its called HDMI-CEC, pretty much every producer has a different name for it. On the PS4 it's Called Device Link. Most Smart TVs will support the feature, which tethers your TV and PS4 collectively and allows powering on between both devices.

To do so, make sure HDMI-CEC is enabled on your TV (Google 'Your TV " HDMI CEC' if it is not immediately apparent), then go to the Settings menu on your PS4, select'System' then check the box for 'Enable HDMI Device Link.' Your TV and PS4 will turn on with a single press of the PS button. It will change the TV to the perfect input, so if you're watching TV, then power up the PS4, it will automatically change over to the correct channel.

5. Start Sharing Your PS4 Gameplay With The Click Of  Button

5. Start Sharing Your PS4 Gameplay With The Click Of  Button

Sharing on the PS4 is exceptionally easy, thanks to the share button you will have noticed besides the d-pad. You can take a single screenshot, you can upload and record video to share with your friends or post to Facebook and Twitter and you can also live stream to YouTube, Twitch and DailyMotion.

The typical setup is that one press of this button will load up the Share Menu, a long-drawn press will take a screenshot, and subsequently, a double press will start recording a video. You can adjust these settings to suit your needs from the options menu of the shared display. You can tag your friends in your screenshots, you can add these just before you share a screenshot, and you can also customize who can label you in photographs by selecting Settings > PlayStation Network/Account Management > Privacy Settings > Sharing Your Expertise and hitting Tags.

The PS4 automatically records the last 15 minutes worth of gameplay so, and you don't need to worry about having missed out on some awesome gameplay moments. You can upload the movie as-is, or you could use Share Factory to edit the film before upload. You can even add voiceovers, intro, and outros, and also customize clips with themed content which you can download in the program.

When streaming is what you want, there is an option from the Share Menu. Once you've chosen your channel to stream to you can then decide to add audio from your mic and video from the PlayStation Camera, so anyone watching can see and listen to you while you boss it. Those watching the articles can comment on it, and the comments will show up on the screen so you can respond as they happen. If you want to record footage that lasts more than 15 minutes, that's possible too. You need to go to 'settings' and then 'system' in which there is an enable HDCP' box to uncheck. After it is unchecked, you will have the ability to record for as long as you like. Just be conscious of how much storage your video is exhausting.

6. Optimize Your PS4 Power Settings

Optimize Your PS4 Power Settings

Keeping your PS4 in Rest mode will also enable you to keep all of your favorite games up to date with the most recent patches and improvements.  While in rest mode signaled by an orange light, the PS4 will still download updates, games and, charge DualShocks. Ensure that'supply power from USB ports' is selected in your power savings settings, and you shouldn't find yourself running out of charge after playing for a few hours.

This setting is not automatic, so go to Settings > System > Automatic Downloads and tick the box to download updates when they become available. You may also set your PS4 to close down after a fixed period in case you're the sort of person who falls asleep in front of the TV. All of these settings can be found in the Power settings menu.

7. Use Voice Commands To Control Your PS4 And Games

Use Voice Commands To Control Your PS4 And Games

PS4 responds to voice commands. You can set each statement with your PlayStation; you can tell the PS4 to take screenshots, play games for example, by saying the game name and then "start," return to the home screen, choose applications and power off and much more.

Superb voice recognition software even means it's possible to say unique versions of a game name, i.e., "Red Dead Redemption 2" and the PS4 will react accordingly. There's a mic built into the optional PlayStation Camera, but this will work equally well with the headset mic. Voice commands are also utilized in games like Thief, which allows you to whistle to distract guards sneakily.

8. Quickly-Switch Between Your Apps And Games

Quickly-Switch Between Your Apps And Games

If you want to swap between applications on the PS4, a double-tap of this PS button will immediately switch between the two most recent apps. This means if you're looking for the trophies required for elusive a platinum you can easily switch between the game and the trophy application without needing to go to the home screen and trawl along into the desired section. If you press the home button mid-game, the game will be paused, and you are free to browse to other settings with the game running in the background.

9. Listen to your music On Your PS4 while playing

Listen to your own music On Your PS4 while playing

Don't like an in-game soundtrack? You can change it out for something you do like instead by turning down the in-game music and adding Spotify in the background. You can fully manage the app if you have Spotify in your phone and pick the PS4 as a streaming device. Alternatively, you can bring up the Spotify menu with a quick double press of the PS button to bring up the volume and the ability to change songs with R1.

Check Out 18 Of The Best PS4 Accessories You Need To Have In 2019

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