Playstation 4 Tips

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Pre-load your games

Why wait? We live in the 21st century don’t we? All pre-orders available on the PlayStation Store now come with the ability to pre-load your digital games.

This means files are available to download several days before the release date and you won’t be left watching a loading bar while all your stone age/physical release-buying friends leave you in the dust when the clocks hit midnight.

Make sure your console is set up for automatic downloads while in rest mode and your PS4 will do all the work for you and start downloading as soon as files become available. It’s worth keeping in mind too that there needs to be enough space on the PS4 HDD so check the file size to make sure the game will be there when you need it.

Start remote playing

If the last entry wasn’t enough of a reason to stay in bed then the remote play features of PS4 should seal the deal. Whether someone else wants the TV or you just fancy playing 8th gen games in the bath, the capability to stream to the PlayStation Vita is a slick process that just requires you to have both devices signed into the same PSN ID.

You can connect directly to the PS4 or via your wireless network if you are too far away from the console itself. Make sure that ‘enable turning on PS4 from network’ is selected in your power save settings and you’ll be able to turn on the PS4 remotely from the Vita. Sony might not be focussing on as many handheld games these days but the excellent remote play control set ups for Fallout 4 and Destiny are reassuring additions that suggest all is not lost.

Use your Vita as an extra DualShock

If you’ve not shelled out for an additional controller yet and fancy some two player action on PS4 then you’ll be happy to hear that your trusty Vita doubles up as an additional DualShock.

Set up remote play as usual with the Vita. This will automatically turn off any connected controller and allow the handheld to control the on screen action. When you want a friend to join in, have them press the PS button on the DualShock and log in as another user or guest and you’ll have co-op Lego Marvel on the go in no time.

Not got a Vita? Time for one of the 20th Anniversary DualShocks or even the fetching Darth Vader version to celebrate the release of Star Wars: Battlefront.

Record your skills

PS4, whether you tell it to or not, always diligently records the last 15 minutes of your gameplay just in case you perform some incredible feat and fancy showing it to the world.

To hoard a period of gaming history after your ‘I can’t believe I just did that’ moment all you need to do is hit the share button and opt to save the video to your captures folder.

If you actively want to record something coming up, press the share button twice to start recording, then press it once when you want to end the clip.

Again, this can only be up to 15 minutes in length. PS4 also allows you to use an external capture device for longer recordings but in order to record gameplay you’ll have to disable HDCP. Go to ‘settings’ and then ‘system’ where there is an ‘enable HDCP’ box to uncheck.

Take easy screenshots

The default setup for the share button means that a quick press will bring up the share menu and a longer press is needed to take a screenshot.

However, an ‘easy screenshots’ mode is available that allows you to reverse the settings and means you’ll never have to leave the action if you want to take a quick snap of the scenery/carnage. This setting can be found within the options menu of the share screen.

Plus, thanks to the 3.0 update, you can now choose whether you save screens as a .jpg or .png file for even better image quality. This can also be found in the share settings.