Even with the launch of the PS5, you want to get the most out of your PS4. You definitely cannot throw it away just because there is something new and better in the market. It does not really matter whether you have owned your PS4 since the beginning of time or if you have recently just gotten a new one, or have just upgraded to a PS4 Pro, getting the most out of your gaming console is a top priority so that your gaming experience becomes one that is out of this world-literally!
With all the features and extra settings hidden in menus that are less obvious to decode, you are definitely forgiven for not already knowing your gaming console inside out. Some of the tips below could immensely improve your gaming experience while some may provide small changes here and there.
What do these Special Terms Mean?
There are some terms that you could potentially see against games on the PlayStation Store. Understanding them will help you get the most out of your PS4.
“Cross-Buy” means if you purchase the game you can access it on multiple platforms, such as PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.
“Cross-Save” means you can transfer your saved game progress between the different platforms
“Cross-Play” means that players on different platforms can interact together.
How to make PS4 controller charge last longer
You can make the charge last longer by reducing the brightness. Go to Settings > Devices > Controllers This can help you to considerably save on charge. Reduce the Brightness of DUALSHOCK 4 Light Bar from Bright (Standard) to Medium or Dim. This will help to prolong the charge. You can also go to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Time Until Controllers> Turn Off >Select your preferred time. In this case, if you are watching a show or are away from your gaming console while it is turned on then your controller will automatically power down while idle. This will stop the battery draining.
How do you put PS4 into Rest Mode?
Go to Settings > Power Saving Settings > Set Features Available in Rest Mode and select the options you want to use. Supply Power to USB Ports allows you to keep charging any controllers that are plugged in after your gaming console is turned off. The Stay Connected to the Internet option allows your console to download, update files so that your games are ready to play whenever you return. It also allows you to upload your saved data to online storage. If you select Keep Application Suspended, you can always get back to your game and continue from where you left.
Once you have one of the above options selected, press the power button, select Power on the home screen, or hold the PS button and select Power on the Menu to enter Rest Mode. You will be sure that it has been activated when the light bar in the original or Pro model or power button in the Slim model, turns orange.
How to update PS4 Firmware
This is one of the sure ways to get the most out of your PS4. You should automatically receive a notification on your PS4 when a new Firmware update is available. You can either follow the link from that notification or go to Settings > System Software Update to update. For important updates, you can’t go online until you have completed the update.
If you need to update the Firmware but cannot connect your PS4 to the internet, then you can download it onto a USB and install it. Visit the PS4 System Software, update the site then scroll down to update using a computer and follow the process given.
Does PS4 Support 4K?
The original PS4 and PS4 Slim support resolutions up to 1080p, but only the PS4 Pro supports 4K output. You can watch 4K videos on PS4 Pro with Netflix, and YouTube. This is definitely one of the ways to get the most out of your PS4.
Can you Use an External HardDrive With your PS4?
You can get the most out of your ps4 if your gaming console is running firmware version 4.50 or later. This means that you can comfortably use an external hard drive to store your games and other applications. All you need to do is to connect your drive to the PS4, then Go to Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices, then choose the Format as Extended Storage option. Once ready, you can install any download games as well as disc-based installations. You can also use this option to transfer games between PS4s.
Do you need Subscription to Play Games Online?
For most of the games, if not all, you will need a PlayStation Plus subscription in order to play online. It is only Fortnite that has an exception. You can subscribe through the PlayStation Store or by purchasing a code to redeem, and as well as unlocking online play, you also get two free PS4 games per month and 100GB of online storage for your PS4 saves. To see how long you have to remain on a current PlayStation Plus subscription, on the home screen go to PlayStation Plus > Manage Membership > Subscription then check the date next to Expires.
Get the Most out of your PS4: Overheating
If your PS4 is getting very hot and the fan is making so much noise, then most likely it is clogged with dust that is preventing air from circulating to cool the interior components. To resolve this, bring it to the game console repair experts at our repair center to have it fixed. This will take at most 1 hour.