We go through some of the best PS4 features you may have missed and need to set up
When setting up your PlayStation 4 is can be difficult not to get overexcited, you may be overwhelmed by the desire to just plug it all in and dive right into that first game out of the box. If you couldn’t resist to do just that there’s bound to be a bunch of features you haven’t set up just yet.
We trust you can set up the PS4 out of the box, it’s mainly just a case of plugging in the cables and then heading through the start up menu. If you come across any problems just consult your manual or maybe the official PlayStation website.
Here we are going to run through some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your PlayStation 4.
Change The Power Settings
Chances are you won’t like the default Power Saving Settings on the PS4. If you leave the console idle for more than 20 minutes it’ll power down, that can really annoying when you just paused the game for a few minutes, perhaps to take a phone call that lasts longer than you expected, only to come back to a dead console.
To change this you want to go into the Settings menu, choose Power Saving Settings and then Set Time Until PS4 Turns Off. Inside here you can choose a more appropriate time or even never.
Change DualShock 4 Speaker Volume
When you take the brand new DualShock 4 controller out of the box it’ll come set to eardrum-piercing full volume. It may be in yours and your neighbours best interests to change the volume.
To do so you’ll need to head into Settings, then Devices, then Controllers, you can then change the volume from there to whatever you wish. There’s also another option of holding down the PS button and selecting Adjust Devices. If you choose that second option you can also make sure the audio only comes out when your headphones are plugged in.
Set Up A PS4 Password
Naughty children running around your house who shouldn’t be playing on your brand new Sony console? Really annoying housemates, who keep messing up your saved games? Either way you can lock your PS4 down with a password.
To do so head into Settings, then Login Settings, and then Passcode Management. Inside here you can then set up a four-character password to access the console. Plus if you’re ever unlucky enough that your PS4 gets stolen you’ve already had a little revenge on the thief.
Track Your PS4 Memory Usage
It’s likely games are using up all your memory, but you can also see what kind of media is taking up all the room and how much you have left by going into Settings and then System Storage Management. Inside here it’ll show you whether it’s applications or captures which are taking up most of the room. It’ll also show you how much free space you have left to play with.
Use Voice Commands On Your PS4
Did you purchase the PS4 camera when you bought the console? If not, you’ll need to head out and buy one before you can do this. If you want to control the console using your voice the microphone is inside the camera itself.
Once you’ve got a camera (it's really easy plug-and-play to setup) head to Settings and then System, it’ll give you the option to Operate PS4 With Voice and once you’ve switched that on you wont need to use the controller for some tasks. At the moment it’s just a simple range of commands which allow you to take screenshots or enter games but it's set to expand to even more functions very soon.