So you have a PlayStation 4, and you play games on it daily, but did you know that there is a whole bunch of features on the PS4 that you probably never even knew about? From never getting off the couch again, to making your gaming session quieter and more personal. Here are 5 things you can do with your PS4 that you probably missed.
PS Vita is the Second Controller
If you have a PS Vita and love to play split-screen games like Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection, or Diablo 3, or even Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but you only have one DualShock 4, then this is for you. You can turn your PS Vita into a second, third or fourth controller by connecting it via Remote Play.
All you have to do is connect your PS Vita to the PS4 by launching the Remote Play app and select Remote Play. You can then turn on any other DualShock 4 controllers that you haver around and they will be logged in as a second, third and so forth.
There have been times where I wish I could have just saved a clip in the past, something epic happened that seldom takes place, or I achieved the impossible in a game. With Share Factory all my clips that I save become a foundation for creative masterpieces.
Share Factory lets you edit your recorded clips, add fancy intros, sound effects, outros, and even shorten them into bite-sized versions. If you want a clip to look even better, you can download visual themes that suit the game clip that you recorded. It’s a built-in video editor with access to your PS4’s video clips.
If the need ever arises, or you feel that your PS4 is on the bender and is about to die, then utilising the PS4’s built-in Backup and Restore feature is a must. I have used this countless times over the last month and it is super-fast, and very reliable.
All you need is an external hard drive that is the same size as your PS4 hard drive, so 500GB by default. Make sure it is formatted to exFAT32, plug it into your PS4. Navigate to Settings>System>Backup and Restore, follow the steps and you are good to go.
Restoring works on the same principle, and will reformat your current hard drive to install the backup. It is good to note that backing up and restoring your hard drive is a very quick process. It took me 3 hours to back up my 380GB of data and just over an hour to restore it to my new PS4. Once it was restored everything is exactly like it was before. My saves, game data, updates, and even my setting pre-sets.
Mouse and Keyboard
Believe it or not, you can actually use a keyboard and mouse on the PS4, although not all games support it, the ones that do make the feature work very well.
Final Fantasy XIV Online, and War Thunder are just two of them that support an external keyboard and mouse at the moment, but we are seeing more of a demand for support over the past few months. There is even an official PlayStation licensed keyboard and mouse being made to combat this situation.
Utilise your Share Button
The PlayStation 4 since launch, has had a massive emphasis on sharing and the capabilities of the Share button. You can upload screenshots, or automatically save the last 15 minutes of your game clip. All you need to do is double tap the Share button to start a new video recording, and then tap once to launch the Share app and save the clip.
Keep note that the PlayStation 4 automatically saves 15 minutes of gameplay, so if anything awesome happened during the last 15 minutes of you playing you can just tap the Share Button and press triangle to save your video clip.