Things You Didn’t Know Your PS4 Could Do


You’ve finally scrounged up enough cash to
buy a PlayStation 4, and you’ve gotten familiar with its basic operation. What’s next? Amazingly, this eighth generation video game
console is filled with all kinds of little-known features. Here are a few things you probably didn’t
know you could do with your PS4. Remap the controller In 2015, Sony added support for full button
remapping on the PS4. By going to the Accessibility subhead in the
Settings menu, you’ll be able to change which button does what. Want the triangle to act like the left trigger? Go right ahead. Just remember that button remapping affects
the entire system, not individual games. Button remapping may not seem like a big deal,
but it’s actually a huge boon for physically impaired gamers. Steve Spohn, chief operating officer at the
AbleGamers, tells Polygon, “If you have limited movement in one arm,
only one functioning hand, or even limited digit movement, button positioning is everything.” Spohn says that the button remapping feature
benefits an estimated 70 million would-be gamers who couldn’t otherwise fully operate
their PS4. Share Play As demonstrated in this video from Sony, the
PS4’s exclusive Share Play feature aims to reinvent arcade-style multiplayer for the
digital age by letting users remotely connect to a friend’s console. With Share Play, you can jump in as Player
Two even if you live on the other side of the planet. “Hey man, hurry up. Come on, I need your help. Get over here!” “Dude, I’ll be there in a sec!” You can also take control of your friend’s
game, just like they handed over the controller to someone sitting in the same room. And unlike conventional online multiplayer
interactions, your friend doesn’t even have to own a copy of the game. Share Play does have its limitations, including
a one hour cap on your shared gaming sessions. But once the hour is over, there’s nothing
stopping you from reconnecting and jumping right back in, making Share Play perfect for
fighting games with fast head-to-head matchups, like Street Fighter V . “Here we go, Ken!” Sync to your TV Many smart televisions have the ability to
sync up with your PS4, including, of course, Sony’s BRAVIA big screens. All you’ve got to do from your main menu is
go to Settings, System, and then check the box for Enable HDMI Device Link. Your PS4 is then ready to accept commands
from your TV, as long as it’s compatible. You can use your TV remote to scroll through
the main menu and inside apps such as Hulu and YouTube. If you turn off your TV, the system should
go into Standby mode. Likewise, if you turn on your console, it
should turn on your television along with it. Nifty! Use your mobile device as a keyboard Entering text using the DualShock 4 and the
PlayStation 4’s digital keyboard can be a slow and tedious slog. Fortunately, you can download the PlayStation
Second Screen app, which turns your mobile device into a PlayStation 4 remote and keyboard. You can use your device’s touch screen to
swipe and click through the PlayStation 4 dashboard and use the app to enter text. Entering text with your phone or tablet still
isn’t as fast as using a real keyboard, but it’s a whole lot better than picking letters
one by one with the DualShock 4’s D-Pad. Download games remotely You can also use the PlayStation mobile app
to buy games directly from the PlayStation Store. Even better, using the app, you can start
downloading your brand new game remotely so it will be ready to play by the time you get
home to your console. To enable remote downloading, go to your Power
Saver settings. Then, choose “Set Features Available in Rest
Mode,” and make sure that the checkbox next to “Enable Turning on of PS4 from Network”
is ticked. You might also need to go back to the main
Settings screen, and then navigate to System, and finally to Automatic Downloads to make
sure that the type of content you want to download while you’re away is enabled. Swap your hard drive The PS4 and PS4 Pro both come with respectably-sized
hard drives, but video games take up a lot of space these days — you’re going to run
out of storage eventually. Thankfully, you can easily boost your PlayStation
4’s storage space, as this video from GameSpot demonstrates. If you don’t mind opening up your PlayStation
4, you can update the stock hard drive yourself, following Sony’s official instructions. If that’s too intimidating, the PS4 also supports
external hard drives that connect to the console via USB. You’ll need to make sure that your drive has
a USB 3.0 connection, and that the storage capacity falls somewhere between 250 gigabytes
and 8 terabytes. Extended storage devices can only store game
data and add-ons, not saved games or screenshots, but given that games and DLCs are the big
space-eaters, you should be fine. Thanks for watching! Click the SVG icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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100 thoughts on “Things You Didn’t Know Your PS4 Could Do

  1. Guys just change your right button stick (R3) as X so when you press R3 you jump so you don’t need to remove your thumb from your joystick to jump. DIY Scuf, saved your $200.
    Ur welcome.

    But I know most of the people already know this. I wrote this just for the people who don’t know.

  2. While I was waiting for fortnite to load up, is was watching this video. Thanks so much for telling me all these things

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