PS4 Accessory Tips

PS4 The PlayStation Eye camera Tip 1: “The PlayStation Eye camera can be used a microphone to chat with friends both in game and party chat. It can also log you in by scanning your face and has voice recognition for menu navigation.”

The PlayStation Camera doesn’t do much right now, but what it can be used for works extremely well. Once setup is complete, you can have it scan for your face when you turn on your PS4, allowing it to log you in automatically. It works great and makes me feel like a high tech time traveler. On one occasion it mistook my girlfriend for me, which I have yet to ascertain if that means I’m super pretty, or if the facial recognition is somewhat forgiving. Other people it has turned down and I have yet to convince my dog to sit still long enough to see if it recognizes him, but the feature is cool nonetheless.

What really worked well was the microphones on the camera. I was playing online with some friends the other night and I didn’t even need a headset. I was talking normally out-loud and the camera picked me up perfectly. My friends even overheard a conversation between my girlfriend and my roommates on the other side of the room. So, if you’re discussing government secrets, might want to do it across the house, just to be safe.

double tap the PlayStation button on the DualShock 4 Tip 2: If you double tap the PlayStation button on the DualShock 4, you can instantly return to the last app you used.

The Xbox one touts the ability to switch instantly between apps, but the PS4 has something comparable that you may not know about. Double tapping the PlayStation button will bring you back to the last app you used. So, say you've got a web browser opened to a walk-through, you can use this to switch between the app and the game with ease! This is also an easy way to play a quick game of something, then switch back to say your Netflix when the girlfriend walks into the room ready to watch that movie your promised her.

DualShock 4 has a speaker on it Tip 3: The DualShock 4 has a speaker on it. If you want to change the volume of the speaker, you can do so by going to "settings" selecting "devices" and adjusting the controller speaker volume from there.

The speaker on the new DualShock 4 controller has been used in a few different ways thus far, but some people prefer to just have the sound come from their television. If you wish, you can adjust the speaker volume by entering the settings menu, selecting devices, and lowering the volume there. This is more for those who want to conserve battery life or would rather not have sound coming out of their controller. Me personally, I think it's awesome.

Most Gaming headsets are currently compatible with PS4 Tip 4: Most Gaming headsets are currently compatible with PS4.

Despite worries that many headsets wouldn't work on the new system, a lot of gaming headsets currently work for the PS4, including voice chat. This doesn't mean everything will work just yet, but if your headset uses optical audio, like the Astro A50's, you're good to go. If it uses a 3.5mm jack, you can plug it into the PS4 controller, head to the settings and follow these commands. Go to Settings > Sound and Screen > Audio Output Settings. Here, select Output to Headphones and choose "All Audio." This will make all the sound come through your headset.

Play games around the house or on the go with the PlayStation Vita's remote play Tip 5: Play games around the house or on the go with the PlayStation Vita's remote play!

By connecting the two devices and enabling remote play options on the PS4, you can play games on your Vita either at home or on the go. I have personally done it at home on the same Wi-fi connection with Battlefield 4 and I was able to get into a match and play in the other room with no lag whatsoever. The graphics also came through crisp on the Vita's screen. This is a great way to free up your television for someone else in the house, or an excuse to game while you're in bed. If the PS4 is in standby, the Vita can turn it on remotely as well!

Gyro Keyboard Tip 6: Use the Gyro Keyboard instead of typing like a caveman!

I've gotten pretty good at maneuvering the onscreen keyboard with the directional pad, but it's still an archaic way of doing things. By pressing the R3 button on the controller (clicking the right stick in) you can activate a keyboard that runs entirely on tilting the controller which aims a reticule at the onscreen keyboard. Yes, that's right, typing just became a first person shooter. You're welcome.

The light-bar's color on the Dualshock 4 shows you which controller is what player Tip 7: The light-bar's color on the Dualshock 4 shows you which controller is what player.

Who needs numbers on your controller when you can have awesome neon colors? Never lose track of which player is which because now you can tell simply by looking at the color of the light-bar. Player one is always blue, two is red, three is green, and four is pink.

The pulsing light on a charging Dualshock lets you know how close it is to fully charged Tip 8: The pulsing light on a charging Dualshock lets you know how close it is to fully charged.

When you plug in your Dualshock 4 to charge, it brings up a orange light. This light pulses fast if the battery is low and slows down as it reaches maximum charge. With this handy tip, you'll know how long until your controller is charged. Also, the average charge time on a dead controller is two hours, so that's another way to know.

Set your controller to turn off automatically Tip 9: "Set your controller to turn off automatically so you don't waste battery life."

Are you tired of your controller's battery dying while your watching
netlix or a movie? You can set it to automatically turn off. Here's how:
settings > 'Power Save Settings' > 'Turn Off DUALSHOCK 4 Automatically' select 10, 30, or 60 minutes as the idle time before the controller turns itself off. This way you'll never have your battery draining while you're watching Netflix or a movie.

Headset Companion App Tip 10: "The new Headset Companion App let's you customize your sound!"

Sony recenlty released a free companion app for their line of headsets, including the Pulse, Pulse Elite, and the new Gold headset. This app allows you to set various sound settings and profiles for each game you play, letting you customize your sound experience! Keep in mind this only works for the currently released brand of Sony headsets.

Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 11/23/2013

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