Whether you’re a seasoned PS4 owner with a library stuffed to the gills with uninstalled games from days gone by. Or have just finished pulling it out of the box while marveling at its wonderousness. You’ll no doubt still have a few PS4 tips to learn about what it can do. You may still need to learn some of these things as you’ve been gleefully gaming most of the time, you joystick junkies. So I’ve put together 6 quick tips ‘n’ tricks that you can do to get more pezazz from your PS4!
1) Use Your Phone As A Keyboard
It goes without saying, typing in characters using the controller is a huge pain in the bum. Maybe you’re super speedy on the D-Pad. Maybe you somehow got used to the touch pad predictive text. There’s no denying that controller typing is just inefficient. If you grab the Playstation App on your smart phone, you can sync it up to your PS4 just as you would for YouTube. Simply type away on the keyboard function whenever you have typing options. This app is also super useful for sending messages to other players online! If you’re feeling super clever, you can integrate all this into a mouse and keyboard setup by plugging them into the USB ports at the front.
2) Defragment Your Hard Drive
That’s right, folks. You can defrag your PS4. This is probably the most important of the PS4 tips in this list! Among the more technical minded, it is well known that the current 8th generation of consoles are basically PCs in a different skin. Just like a computer, this generation is unfortunately liable to end up cluttered with dead background files slowing down your experience. You’d never even know it was going on, due to the gradual process. If you’ve never done this with your console, I highly recommend that you check out ‘Defrag Your PS4 – A Quick How To’ for a quick how-to. Ensure that your PS4 never overheats or one day conks out on you!
3) Dim Your Controller
Fed up of your controller dying all the time? Well, it’s a good idea to set your lightbar to dim. You’ll get way more play time out of doing this and the light is only there for the Playstation Camera to log you in. To do this, you’ll need to hold down the PS button > Select Adjust Sound And Devices > Brightness of Dualshock Light Bar > Dim. Now you’ll have a way smaller chance of getting punked on those online matches, when your controller dies!
4) Connect A USB Or External Hard Drive
There’s a tonne of reasons why this is a good idea. Personally, we recommend that you invest in a big external hard drive dedicated to your PS4. Benefits include moving saved games onto the external hard drive. Saving photos and videos (super useful for moving data to your PC or fine tweaking files before upload) in addition to watching your own movies on the Media Player app. Your PS4 supports many file types. You’ll need a hard drive / USB formatted in FAT32 (NTFS won’t work unfortunately). Video file types that are supported include MKV, AVI, MP4, JPEG, BMP, MP3, and AAC. The bigger your USB or external hard drive, the more you’ll reap the benefits! Lastly, update 4.50 now allows us to install our games to an external hard drive. This should be delightful news to anybody struggling with space issues and who are intimidated by installing new hardware.
5) Set The Share Button With Auto Commands
If you love to take screenshots and record videos of your most glorious moments, this one’s for you. Did you know you don’t have to tap share THEN go through the desired options? You can double tap the share button to start recording, double tap again to stop, or press it to take a screenshot. If you ever want the menu again, you can just hold it. We all love our immersion – that’s why we love to play great games. Well this feature is definitely going to prevent any immersion breaking. You’ll need to do this sequence of commands – Share Button > Options Button > Sharing And Broadcast Settings > Share Button Control Type > Easy Screenshots.
6) Protect The Kids
It’s a little known fact that Sony have implemented a fine-tuneable parental controls system. It allows you to restrict all kinds of features from internet browsing to videogame age certificates. If you’re a concerned parent gamer that has been mulling this over, you might check my ‘Set Parental Controls’ how-to article. That way, you can relax whenever you leave the house to go shopping! Trust me – I was a kid once.
If you’ve discovered any fancy tricks, share the wealth! Let us know in the comments below