PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

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Sony's PS4 home console has been smashing records, ever since it made its debut in the second half of 2013. Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide.

Since the inception, Sony went out and sold PlayStation 4 as a games machine, which, if you really wanted it to. The message was clear, and thus it benefited Sony immensely. 

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PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

The PlayStation 4 has been out for over a year now, with Sony adding more features via software updates. If you have just picked up a brand new PlayStation 4, there are some tips and tricks that you should know that will help you get the most of it.

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Take a Screenshot

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

The PlayStation 4 makes it easy to take and share screenshots of your game. All you just need to press the Share button on the PS4 and it will take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen. Interestingly, you can also send a screenshot directly to your friends through the messaging function of the PS4.

Changing PS4 Themes

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Like a smartphone, you can also change your PS4 them by downloading themes from PlayStation Store. Most of them will surely cost you, but you can find one free PS4 themes as well.

Use Any Headphones with the PS4

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

This was the most requested feature by the gaming community. Now you don't need to buy an authorized headphone to enjoy rich sound on the PS4. The PS4 controller itself has the 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning you can use any headphones with PS4 controller.

Upload your Game videos to Facebook

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Uploading your game videos is simple. The PS4 will records the last 15 minutes of gameplay so you don't need to start recording. When you are playing and would like to share something, press the share button and it will open a screen that allows you to save the video.

Use Standby mode to download updates or games

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

One of the best things about the PS4 is that you can download games or updates while the system is in standby mode. When the PS4 is in standby mode, it will at consume less power while downloading games. It's a good idea to implement if you're downloading updates or games at night.

Use PS4 Remote Play with PS Vita

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

You can use the PS Vita to play PS4 games on the go. To enable the settings, make sure your PS Vita is running the latest firmware. Then, you need to link together your PS4 and your Vita. Head to Settings > PS Vita Connection Settings > Enable Remote Play. Now select the ‘connect directly' option, as that lets the PS4 and Vita connect over Wi-Fi Direct.

Use PS4 Remote Play.With Sony Smartphones

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

You can get Remote Play function on select Sony Xperia devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Firstly, you'll need to download the PlayStation App from the Google Play store and sign into your PlayStation account. Once that's done, you'll also need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the PS4 you want to stream from. It should be noted that you'll need to be connected to the same PlayStation Network account too for it to work. Then you'll need to connect your PS4 DualShock 4 to your phone using Bluetooth.

Use Voice Commands

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

You can control your PS4 using voice commands. All you need to go to Settings > System > Voice Operation Settings. You can control your PS4 with voice commands when a headset is plugged into the controller. However, this feature can't use it in every application.

Use a Mouse and Keyboard with the PS4

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Yes indeed, you can connect a mouse and keyboard with the PS4. You can either use a wired mouse/keyboard or a wireless mouse/keyboard. To link a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse, you need to go to Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth Devices. Kindly note that you can't play games using a keyboard and mouse. But with a use of a keyboard and mouse you can definitely browse the web.

Download PS4 Updates

PlayStation 4: 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

You can obviously download PS4 updates. Sony regularly offers PS4 software updates that fox bugs. That's why we recommend you can set your console in such a way so that it receive automatic updates. Simply go to Settings > Power Save Settings > Set Functions Available in Rest Mode and enable Turning on PS4 from Network.

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